Saturday, April 13, 2019

With the generous support of
The Loft Spa
Join us for a night of dressing up, self-care and socializing!
We hope to see you there. It is going to be fabulous.

Special thanks to: The Food Studio, Relaci√≥n Brev√≠simaMichelle Manzo, Vino per Tutti, Cosmica Boutique, Bridger Brewing, La Chatelaine, Flower Hat, Pure Barre Bozeman, Alara Jewelry, Indikoi, & Maven's Market

Ultra Luxury Spa Night 
Thursday May 2nd from 7-9 pm
Entry is based on a night-of donation of $150 @ the door 
RSVP for event by text @ 406-579-7260

Friday May 3rd, 10am - 3pm
Come over to Cosmica Boutique at 10 East Main between 10am-3pm on Friday May 3rd. Give Big to WLI-MT and receive a 20% off coupon towards Cosmica purchases for the month of May!

 GIVingBIG May 2-3 - it's a great time to say thank you to the great non-profit work 
going on in our community! To GIVEBIG to WLI-MT on May 2/3, click here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

World Language Summer Camps 2019

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This summer we are pleased to offer half-day camps in Spanish, French, Chinese, and Arabic, as well as a FULL DAY Spanish camp.
Don't miss out on this opportunity for your kids to learn a language through these fun-filled language camps, taught through art, games, activities, and cooking.
Separate camps are available for ages 4-7 and 8-13.
Scholarships available through the City of Bozeman Parks & Recreation Department. Please contact the main office at 406-582-2290 for more information. 

See our full list of camps below!
This year, Summer Language Camps will mainly take place at the historic Story Mansion! This inspirational learning space makes for a beautiful classroom, inside and outside!


Learn to speak and write Arabic through an interactive and fun-filled Arabic Language camp!
Ages 7-13
Session 1: July 8-12, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   
Session 2: July 15-19, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Story Mansion, 811 S. Willson Ave.
Fee (per session): $100 city of Bozeman residents; $140 nonresidents 
Coach : Mohamad Abdalla

An exciting camp filled with cooking and crafts, students will learn about Chinese language and culture through fun, hands-on experiences!
Ages 4-7
Session 1: July 15-19, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  
Session 2: July 22-26, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Story Mansion, 811 S. Willson Ave.
Fee (per session): $170 city of Bozeman residents; $238 nonresidents
Coach: Christina Clark 

Ages 8-13
Session 1: July 15-19, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Session 2: July 22-26, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Story Mansion, 811 S. Willson Ave.
Fee (per session): $170 city of Bozeman residents; $238 nonresidents
Coach: Lin Jia Ying 

With Gigi Swenson and Hannah Meeks: A French language camp that celebrates language learning through song and engaging activities that incorporate the Music Lingua teaching model.

With Hannah Jacobsma: A vibrant camp that focuses on learning about French language and culture through play and creativity while playing camp games, having talent shows, and learning basic life skills such as cooking and baking bread.

Ages 4-7
Session 1: July 8-12, 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (Coach Gigi Swenson)
Session 2: July 15-19, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Coach Hannah Jacobsma)
Location: Story Mansion, 811 S. Willson Ave.
Fee (per session):  $170 city of Bozeman residents; $238 nonresidents
Coaches: Gigi Swenson and Hannah Jacobsma 

Ages 8-12
Session1: July 8-12, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Coach Hannah Meeks)
Session 2: July 22-26, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Coach Hannah Jacobsma)
Location: Story Mansion, 811 S. Willson Ave.
Fee (per session): $170 city of Bozeman residents; $238 nonresidents
Coaches: Hannah Meeks and Hannah Jacobsma 

Spanish Full Day Program
Enjoy a full 6 hour day of Spanish immersion with 2019 MT Language Teacher of the Year, Kristen Wolf! This camp is filled with dynamic storytelling, activities, games, and cooking.

Ages 5-13
Session 1: July 8-12, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Session 3: July 22-26, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Lindley Park, 1102 E. Curtiss Ave.
Fee (per session): $240 city of Bozeman residents; $336 nonresidents
Coach: Kristen Wolf

Spanish Half-Day Program
This camp will focus on Spanish language and culture through fun activities, games, and cooking.

Ages 4-7
Session 1: July 8-12, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Coach Paola Torres)
Session 2: July 15-19, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Coach Paola Torres)

Session 3: July 15-19, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Coach Kristen Wolf)
Session 4: July 22-26, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Coach Ellie Nolan)
Location: Story Mansion, 811 S. Willson Ave.
Fee (per session): $170 city of Bozeman residents; $238 nonresidents
Coaches: Paola Torres and Ellie Nolan

Ages 8-13
Session 1: July 15-19, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Coach Paola Torres)
Session 2: July 22-26, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Coach Paola Torres)
Location: Story Mansion, 811 S. Willson Ave.
Fee (per session): $170 city of Bozeman residents; $238 nonresidents
Coaches: Kristen Wolf and Paola Torres 

Spanish Heritage Program
Does your family speak primarily Spanish at home? At this camp your child will celebrate their Spanish heritage alongside their Spanish heritage peers! They will practice reading and writing in Spanish, sing songs, play games, and talk about their heritage. This camp is to build and maintain children's Spanish language skills and literacy, and to stay connected to their native language!

Ages 6-11
Session 1: July 22-26, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Story Mansion, 811 S. Willson Ave.
Fee (per session): TBD (Grant-based discount likely, final cost available by March 1)
Coaches: Alicia Solis de Paz and Evelyn Paz 

Meet our Summer
Language Coaches! 

Spanish Coaches ~
Kristen Wolf 
Has her Masters in Spanish Language Education, is a mentor coach and Spanish coach for WLI-MT, teaches at Bozeman Field School, and was named 2019 MT Teacher of the Year! Her teaching style is engaging and often uses the art of storytelling. 
Paola Torres
Has a degree in Spanish education, is a former WLI-MT coach, and is a Montessori pre-school educator. She currently teaches High School Spanish in Helena.

Ellie Nolan  
She is originally from Missoula, MT and has lived in Peru. She loves working with young students and is currently a K-5 WLI-MT coach. Ellie is honored and excited to be a part of the World Language Initiative by sharing her knowledge, experiences, and passion for language and culture with students.

Alicia Solis de Paz and Evelyn Paz 
Alicia taught elementary school for 20 years in Peru and will be leading the program with the assistance of her daughter, Evelyn, who is currently a professor of Spanish at MSU.

Assistant Spanish Coach 
Emmie Belleisle 
Emmie is an MSU student excited to spend her summer learning and growing as a teacher and sharing her love of the Spanish language! 

Arabic Coach ~
Mohamad Abdalla 
 An MSU student and WLI-MT coach, Mohamed is native to Egypt and has experience as an Arabic tutor. He is very excited to teach his native language to Bozeman area youth!
Chinese Coaches ~
Christina Clark 
Christina learned to speak Mandarin while living in Taiwan as a missionary. 
She is delighted to share her love of the people and culture with Bozeman area youth this summer! As an experienced WLI-MT coach and Hour of Enrichment coach, Christina delivers language through art-based and cooking activities. 

Lin Jia Ying 
Lin is a native Taiwanese and Mandarin speaker, and has taught Chinese for three years with WLI-MT. With immersive activities, Lin integrates cultural art, music and group activities to involve her students in her lessons.

French Coaches ~
Gigi Swenson
 Gigi is a WLI-MT French coach and creator of the Music Lingua program. 
She grew up in a German-speaking household, studied in both France and Mexico, and holds a degree in modern languages from Montana State UniversityShe uses the art of song to teach students the French language in a fun and dynamic way.

Hannah Meeks
An experienced elementary and middle school teacher who uses her background in drama and music to bring language to life! Hannah is passionate about exposing young children to the beautiful French language and culture and looks forward to a great summer of language learning! 

Hannah Jacobsma 
Hannah has her degree in French language and spent a year teaching English in France. She is thrilled to be a French Coach with WLI-MT and share the beauty of French language with her students! She uses her skills as an adventure camp guide to make language learning a fun-filled adventure!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

World Dance Party 2019 - It Rocked!

World Dance Party 2019
It Rocked!
We are so excited to say that due to a GREAT Bozeman area community turnout and WLI-MT team effort, we met our twin goals of throwing a rockin' community celebration and securing funds to meet our organization's goals.
WLI-MT's Spanish world language coach, Caroline Price along with event party-goers, enjoying the live music of  World Dance Party band, Left on 10th
See more of Paul Bussi's (Ideal Photography) event photos
Through the support of the donors, event partners and attendees, we raised over $8,000 to fund next year's after-school scholarship program, summer camp operations and our transition to sustainability!!

Bozeman artist Juliene Sinclair at the World Dance Party creating her live painting silent auction donation 
Thank you to the amazing individuals and business who donated to help make this a great first World Language Initiative - MT fundraiser!
Our Disco Cup Raffle Donors
Starkys, Ale Works, Map Brewing, Bridger Brewing, Lockhorn Cider, Town and Country Foods, Indulgence, Coqui Mtn Coffee, Rockford Coffee, Cosmica Boutique, Girls Outdoors, Red Tractor Pizza, International Coffee Traders, City of Bozeman Parks & Recreation, Monkey Business, Once Upon a Child, Plonk, Inspired Madness (Feed, Nova Cafe, & Lot G), The Rialto, Pakeezah, Bozeman Family Fly Shop, Left on 10th, Sola Cafe, Geraldine Govaerts, Senor Wooly, Treeline, Bend Beyond Yoga, Blacksmith Italian, & Ghost Town Coffee
Our Silent Auction & Fishbowl Raffle Donors 
Kali Lopez and Shanti Spa, Tom Morgan Rods, Suelto Boutique & Blush Studios, Ale Works, Zephyr Cycling, Your Yoga, Pure Barre, The Loft Spa, Blackbird, The Lark, Jam!, Tart, Indikoi, Marie Therese Ben-Youssef, The Rialto, Cristina Marian, Rocky Mountain Rug Gallery, Integrative Massage, Sola Cafe, Q. Miller Jewelry, Alara, Rocky Mountain Toy Co., Music Lingua, Sweet Peaks, Fisher Blacksmithing, Revivall Clothing, AlpacaLand Montana, Patrick Higgins, The Irving Players, Angela Zolanari Art, Old Main Gallery, & Austine Thiel Dance, Juliene Sinclair, & Claudia's Mesa

Our World Dance Party 2019 business sponsors & event partners

Winners of the horse art raffle, along with sculpture creator, donor and artist, Jim Dolan
And a very special thank you to our WLI-MT Team, WDP Volunteers, and artist Jim Dolan.
The World Dance Party 2019 volunteers and WLI-MT's event support team

Monday, November 5, 2018

Transitioning from Passion Project to Sustainability

World Dance Party Shake-Out
A Fundraiser for World Language Initiative - MT
Saturday January 26th, 2019 6:30-10pm
Join us at The Baxter Hotel downtown Bozeman for a fun evening out: a fundraiser where we celebrate and generate sparks for language learning through a world dance shake out.
World Dance Party 2019 ~ Full schedule of events.

Only 3 days left, it's your last chance to
Come dressed to dance!
Can't come to the party?
Drawing @ event. Only 50 to be sold. Need not be present to win
A BIG thank you to everyone who is helping make this a great event.

Not a dancer?
There is still time to come anyway, as there will also be "non-dancer" activities and a world disco lounge area in which to sit. Win raffle prizes from purchasing "sweet" re-usable disco cups (Free signature event cocktail with each purchase). Enter into one of 3 "fish bowl" raffles for bigger prize items. Participate in our SILENT AUCTION. AND, purchase raffle tickets for a one-of-a-kind Jim Dolan statue. Thank you so much to Jim, as he graciously created it especially for this event.

One of a kind, metal horse sculpture, by artist Jim Dolan

Monday, October 22, 2018

Sacajawea's Arabic Club Continues, on Tuesdays starting October 23rd!

Our free after-school Arabic Club at Sacajawea Middle School (SMS) continues starting Tuesday, October 23rd!

This class will run during the 2018-19 academic school year on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 in the Technology Room adjacent to the SMS school library.

For 2018-19, this club will be taught by Teacher's of Critical Languages Program 2017-18 Arabic educator,  Sayed Keliey. Sayed is here for Year 2 of our U.S. State Department, TCLP grant, awarded to the Bozeman School District and Irving Elementary.

So Sayed will know how many to expect, please register your intent to join the club here!

Irving's TCLP & SMS Arabic Club Instructor, Sayed Keliey
Read more about Sayed.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Enrollment begins September 1 2018-19

World Language Enrichment k-5 Classes

Classes begin the week of October 1!

Registration is now closed

For additional information, or to see if any spots become available for 2018-19 Spring Session- which begins in late January, please email us at

Give the gift of language and culture to your child and student. Create life long learners and foster the next generation of 21st global citizens!

Our program is dedicated to fun and exciting after-school language classes and fostering a love and affinity for language learning. Did you know? Students who are exposed to second language in elementary school are statistically more likely to fluent in a second language as adults!

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Program Overview
  • Cost: This year's program will continue to be an 18 week program. Full cost is $216 per student. All payment options are available at the end of the registration form and on our class payment page.
  • Scholarships: Some scholarships available and are based on financial need. To be considered for a scholarship you must register and fill out a scholarship application by September 10th. 
  • Program Dates: Fall sessions begins October 1 and runs 8 weeks. No classes on PIR days and the week of Thanksgiving. Classes continue the week of January 28th and run 10 weeks until mid-April. No classes on PIR days or over Spring Break.
  • Instruction: Visit our World Language Coaches page to learn more about our instructors.
An additional note: Although we try our very best to avoid it, classes are cancelled when there is less than 6 students enrolled. So please encourage your family friends and students at your school to participate in language and culture learning classes!

  • 2018-19 is an 18 week 1 hr/week continuous program for grades k-5. See schedule above.
  • Program begins the week of October 1. For Fall, world language classes meet 8 times, once a week. Makeups, due to coach absence or PIR days, are last 2 weeks before Winter Break. Program restarts the week of January 28th. In Spring, classes run for 10 weeks. Depending on class day and PIR days, Spring make up weeks begin either April 15th or April 22nd.
  • No world language classes are held on PIR days, Thanksgiving Week, Winter Break & Spring Break. See BSD 2018-19 Calendar.
  • Individual class schedule may vary slightly based on class day due to PIR and coach sick days.  If there is concern, please check with your world language coach for the exact schedule of your child's world language class.
  • Snack is provided on day of class.
  • Aftercare is available for world language class students on the day of class for all Bozeman GGUW kidsLINK families. Contact Karen DeCotis (406-587-2194 / if you need to register and/or to discuss payment rates.
  • Friday k-3 classes run 2:10-3:10. You will need to either pick up your child at 3:10 or arrange to attend kidsLINK aftercare on that day.
  • Refunds are available up until the first week of classes. After that date they are available on a case by case basis up until the 2nd week of class. After that date, refunds are no longer available.
  • Reminders! Before classes begin please email your child's in-school teacher to let them know the day your child will be going to world language class. This will help the teacher and school tremendously with dismissal plans and ensure the smooth transition of your child from end-of-school day to world language classes.
  • Cost is $216 for the 18 week program. Payment options are: One-time full payment; two payment installments (you will be billed for second half in January); $16 off for multiple class / sibling discount. Unless you a requesting a scholarship, payment is due upon registration. Additional after class kidsLINK care is not included in class fee, but is available at each school.
  • Scholarships are available based on financial need of family. Option to request is available at end of registration form. You must apply for a scholarship before September 10th to be considered.
  • Class size is a maximum of 12 students per class.