Spanish for Missions Trips

Spanish for Missions trip

Are you ready for your missions trip to a Spanish speaking country?

You’ve booked your flight, made a packing list, raised support, and studied pictures of a country you’ve never been to. Or maybe you’re reminiscing about your trip last year as you plan to see familiar faces this year. Either way, if you’re planning on taking a missions trip with your church, school, or non-profit organization, here are some basics you’ll want to keep in mind.

Most missions trips that Americans take are to Spanish speaking countries.

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After all, we share a border with Mexico, and we’re in the same hemisphere as the majority of Spanish speaking countries. It only makes sense that we would travel to, and volunteer in, countries that we can reach via a quick plane ride and relatively little jet lag.

Yet many missions trip participants don’t try to learn Spanish.

Perhaps they are scarred from high school Spanish experiences, just intimidated by language learning in general, or maybe they don’t understand the importance of language learning. In any case, many people who plan to take a short term missions trip fail to plan in this area.

Speaking Spanish makes the difference in experience and relationships on your missions trip.

For churches planning to take missions trips, it’s helpful to remember the words of the Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 14, “but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me.” That’s it. Without studying and practicing the language, we’re simply “foreigners.” Not friends, not brothers or sisters, just “foreigners.”

That doesn’t sound very positive, but think about it. How many people have you developed a meaningful relationship with here in the U.S. that have made no effort to learn English? Chances are, that number is low. So take control of your trip experience, and dive into language learning. 

You can learn Spanish more than you think – in just a few weeks

At Confidence Learning Services, our Spanish for Missions Course offers a 6-week training specifically designed for people who are planning to take a trip to a Spanish speaking country. Alongside other resources and materials customized for your particular trip, our curriculum is based on, “Spanish with a Mission” by Mirna Deborah Balyeat. This book is designed with a focus on the unique phrases and vocabulary necessary for missions work.

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You don’t have to be an expert.

You may not be able to learn everything there is to know in Spanish before you go, but you can learn something. It just takes a little practice each day to develop the skills necessary to start a casual conversation in Spanish, share a favorite song (like this one) or Bible verse, or tell a story about yourself. You don’t need to be able to give a sermon or political campaign speech, and there aren’t any grammar quizzes or essay questions on your trip. In the 6-weeks leading up to your trip, you’ll learn enough to be more comfortable and confident. But if you don’t study before you go, you may find yourself regretting the opportunity you missed to be more prepared for your trip.

We encourage you to study anywhere, any way you can.

If you’re interested in one of our Spanish for missions courses, contact us today at 1-865-226-9477 to set up a free, 1-hour Spanish for missions seminar for your church, school or non-profit organization. We’ll teach you some of the basics that you’ll need on your trip, and give you an idea of what you can learn in one of our 6 week courses.

Free Spanish Seminar, English Seminar, and Accent Reduction Seminar

Free Seminar

Today I’d like to let you in on a little secret, which is, how to get free English, free Spanish, or free Accent Reduction instruction.

Free Seminar

For non-profits in the Knoxville area, Confidence Learning Services offers a “1-hour free seminar.” It’s not a sales pitch, we don’t even offer anything to buy at these seminars. We simply want to share our expertise with charitable organizations whose members could benefit from extending their language skills. In exchange, we just ask that you let us pass out some flyers at the end of our presentation.

So what are you getting for free? It’s your choice of:

Confidence English – Free English Instruction

o If your non-profit works with people who have learned English as a second language, whether they are members, volunteers, or clients, we offer a free English seminar highlighting some of the toughest areas of English, like proper use of prepositions, articles, and e-mail etiquette.

Confidence Spanish – Free Spanish Instruction

o Going on a missions trip to Central America? Reaching out to the 17,000 Spanish speakers in your local community? Confidence Spanish has got you covered. Our free Spanish training includes focused vocabulary based on your organization’s needs, condensed pronunciation instruction, and authentic practice opportunities.

Confidence American Accent – Free Accent Reduction

o Does your non-profit involve people who could benefit from clearer communication, clearer pronunciation, or accent reduction? In our one hour free Accent Reduction seminar, we highlight some of the most difficult sounds and words in the English language, and provide interactive practice opportunities, tailoring our instruction to the participants attending.

Plus, each free seminar features giveaways and special discounts for participants!

Although these seminars are only available for free to non-profits, like churches, religious organizations, schools, or community organizations, we do offer similar services to for-profit businesses at just $99 an hour.

So, how do you sign up your organization for a free English, free Spanish, or free Accent Reduction seminar? Contact Confidence Learning Services today at 1-865-226-9477.