The story below about Olivia, an immersion student who worked as a translator in Guatemala, illustrates the depth of opportunities that bilingualism can provide for students. In order to foster a deep understanding of another culture, simply speaking the language is not enough. Effective communication comes from knowing the language and connecting with people. At addalingua, we know that being bilingual is only part of the larger goal to inspire global empathy, which is why our programs promote students’ cultural competency. Read about Olivia’s story below and how it was influenced by an addalingua early-total one-way program.