Thursday, October 10, 2019

We have updated our Website!
Please continue on to WLIMT.ORG

Sunday, July 21, 2019

WLI-MT k-8 World Language After-school Classes 2019-20

World Language After-school k-5 Classes 

& grades 6-8 After-school Club


We are passionate about cultivating "kinder kids". Through play and activity-based education, we lead young students on a curious and joyful path towards 2nd language learning, cultural awareness and global citizenship!

Bozeman School District enrollment is now closed (except for select classes @ Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson & Whittier). Click here if you are families of those schools
Bozeman After-school World Language Classes will begin the week of September 30th, 2019

Gallatin Gateway's enrollment will remain open for 2 additional weeks due to late class start 
Gallatin Gateway families, click here to enroll

Still need to PAY for class? Click here
Please Note: our scholarship application window is now closed

Email us at

Last updated, 9/19/2019.
Please keep an eye out for a few coach changes & full classes.
Click here for large version of updated schedule.

Learn more about  WLI-MT's Teaching Philosophy and Learning Goals - 2019

Program Overview
  • Enrollment: opens September 1st, 2019
  • Classes begin: week of September 30th, 2019
  • Program duration: 18 week commitment for parents/students (8 weeks Fall; 10 weeks Spring)
  • Program cost: Full cost is $219 per student. Payment is due in full at the beginning of the year
  • Sibling Discount: Is available at $199 per sibling
  • Split Payment: 2 payments (one in Fall, second in Spring) possible upon request. Commitment to entire program is needed for option to be considered
  • Scholarships: Partial and full scholarships available and are available on a rolling basis pending financial need. To be considered for a scholarship you must first enroll online. Scholarship applications must be completed by September 10th
  • Program Dates: Fall sessions begins September 30th and runs 8 weeks. No classes on PIR days and school holiday & vacation days. Classes will restart the week of January 13th and run 10 weeks until mid/late April
  • Instruction: Visit our World Language Coaches page to learn more about this year's world language coaches
  • Communications: Pre and post session, please direct program emails to During sessions, please direct class-specific questions to your class coach. Coaches will be emailing on Sundays throughout the year with updates on your specific class.
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!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

World Language Summer Camps at Story Mansion start July 8th!

Sign up here

  • We have 4 week-long sessions availables starting July 8th at the City of Bozeman's Story Mansion (811 South Willson Ave)
  • Language camps include: Arabic, Chinese, French, & Spanish
  • Available to ages 4-13
  • Click the above link to find out more and to register! 
  • Camp specific details will be emailed to families and available  on our website by July 1
  • For additional 2019 world language summer camp questions, email our Summer Camp Coordinator - Hannah Jacobsma @

Thursday, May 9, 2019

GiveBIG Ultra-Luxury Night is a success!

Photos by Tami Pettigrew of Tami Renae Photography.
Visit her Ultra-luxury Night photos page for more great pictures of the evening!
Due to the wonderfully generous support of our Ultra-Luxury Night business partners, guests, and community donors, the World Language Initiative-MT raised over $7,000 during GiveBIG. This exceeded our goal, and we are so thankful for the support.

These funds will enable us to expand our programs to make language and culture classes available to more kids in our community, and to help us to celebrate a multi-cultural Bozeman!
A special thank you to all of the business sponsors who made our Ultra-Luxury Night fundraiser possible. 

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 thank yous 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, Juliene Sinclair, So Fine Services, Kitty Warren Social Club,
Kirkham & Company, Monkey Business, 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

Sign up here

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