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Jungle Waterfall

Language classes / exchange

STRI-IDEA is excited to introduce our first free beginner Spanish and English virtual language classes in starting in January taught by Javier Villamonte! We are ALSO organizing a Spanish–English Language Exchange in Gamboa on Thursdays from 5-6pm led by Mareli Sanchez.

To sign up for one or both, click the link!


We encourage those who sign up to attend the full six weeks, but attendance is voluntary! If language lessons at STRI are important to you, please consider attending and/or sharing WIDELY with interested STRI associates – as a virtual program, you can attend from anywhere in the world!


This class is appropriate for anyone who is a STRI associate and could benefit from introductory language classes in EITHER Spanish or English. Once signed up you will be emailed details for virtual classes and in-person exchange as the start date approaches.

Note from STRI-IDEA Multilingual Task Force:

We in the Multilingual Task force and STRI-IDEA see language classes as a small but significant step in encouraging better scientific collaboration in our scientific community.  This language offering is a pilot program funded by STRI leadership. The continuation of free classes depends on attendance and your feedback about whether these classes are useful, and your ideas on how to improve language class offerings going forward. The administration would like to continue to provide this support and your participation in these classes is your vote for future classes!

We can all take part to make a difference at this institution just by speaking up and speaking to each other! Excited to see you all there!

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