Welcome to the Language Connection Podcast. Available on Spotify, Anchor or wherever you get your podcasts.
The Language Connection Podcast sees our director Luke give a series of interviews with people around the world relevant to our student community. One podcast is released each week, and as well as being good listening practice for our students, we hope you’ll enjoy what our guests have to say. Here is a list of episodes available with links:
#11 – The British-Bolivian Connection Part 1 (with Jeff Glekin)
Part of season 2, not yet available.
Jeff Glekin is the British Ambassador for Bolivia. We talk about the trade and cultural connections between the Uk and Bolivia, as well as the opportunities available for Bolivian students to receive scholarships for masters programmes in the Uk through the Chevening initiative.
#10 – Loving the Process: Growing your Youtube Channel (with Eduardo Santos)
Part of season 2 (not yet available)
#9 – Secrets of the English Classroom Part 1 (with Eduardo Santos)
Luke talks to Edu, a senior English teacher from Brazil with nearly 20 years experience, about what makes a good English teacher. What goes on in our heads when we are leading an English class? Part 1 of 2. (25mins)
Here is a link to his YouTube Channel Ready Go! Expat ( www.youtube.com/readygoexpat ).
#8 – What should Bolivia do with its Lithium? (with Ed Lewis-Smith)
In part two of my conversation with Ed Lewis-Smith, who works for the British government in the department of business and energy, we discuss the intricacies of the climate crisis and the imperfect decisions that goverments make when considering the future. We talk about transistioning away from fossil fuels to more sustainable energy methods, as well as what Bolivia should do with its lithium supplies. (21 mins)
#7 – Plans for a Green Fusion Future (with Ed Lewis-Smith)
Luke talks to Ed Lewis-Smith, who works for the Uk government in the renewable energy sector. He states the case for a fusion-powered future and what governments around the world are doing for the future of renewable energy production and reducing climate change- and what part Bolivia can play in it. Part 1 of 2.
#6 – Hopes for a Bolivian 2021 (with Jake Leigh-Howarth)
Jake, from the UK, will be coming to teach in Language Connection in 2021. What does he expect from his Bolivian experience? How did he stumble across Bolivia as a country to move across the world for and why is he already looking forward to his first salteña? (17 minutes)
#5 – Travel Tips for the Newly Adventurous (with Melinda Nguyen)
Luke catches up with former Language Connection teacher Melinda, who lives in the USA. Melinda keeps up a passionate travelling habit, and we discuss her tips to take full advantage of your next vacation.
#4 – What it takes to be an Actor in LA (with Gisely Ayub)
Luke speaks to Bolivian actor and model Gisely, who moved to Los Angeles to further her training and career in the USA. We speak about dedicating yourself to your craft, and how it is possible to live as a full-time artist.
#3 – The Story of Language Connection (with Miranda Crowhurst, Joe Youmans)
Language Connection is nearly 5 years old, and we’ve come a long way since day 1 when we only had 2 students. Miranda and Joe founded Language Connection back in 2016 and so in this episode we talk about the trials and tribulations of running a Language institute in Bolivia. Is the entreprenerial lifestyle as glamourous as many make it seem? What does the responsibility feel like? And what is Miranda up to since moving on from Language Connection 18 months ago? (33 mins)
#2 – Reconnecting with my first student and discovering Africa (With Holly)
Holly, along with her brother, were my first ever students when I home-schooled them on their avocado farm in Tanzania back in 2013 and we were long overdue a catch-up. She goes to school in South Africa and so for this episode we talk about moving to a different country to study at a young age, as well as reasons to visit different countries in Africa. (35 mins)
#1 – An Australian Impression of Bolivia (with Ollie Levido)
In our opening episode Luke talks to Ollie Levido, one of our teachers, about his time in Bolivia including an Austrailian impression of life in Bolivia from food to dancing and sport. Is Austrailia a recommended destination for our students for work or study? What are the benefits and difficulties of life on the other side of the world if you trade Austrailia for Bolivia or vice-versa? (22mins)