GoCambio Stories: Teaching Spanish through Photography in the Rockies
Paloma de la Fuente – a music fan and photojournalist from Madrid, Spain – went on an overseas cambio to Evergreen, USA, staying with her lovely Host family – and a Paraguayan guest! In exchange for their warm welcome, Paloma spent some time helping the four kids with basic photography and Spanish. Keep reading and find out more about her amazing cambio experience abroad!
Tell us about yourself.
I am a photojournalist resident in Madrid, Spain. I love music, but I don’t play any instrument, so I became a musicians photographer, just to live from concert to concert and from festival to festival. I am 25 years old and I have lived in Italy, and now, in the USA. I am a traveler. You can find me behind my camera.
What was your cambio experience like? Where did you go?
Thanks to GoCambio I could travel to Evergreen, Co (USA). It is a little village in the Rocky Mountains, very close to Denver, the capital. It was an incredible experience because I always wanted to travel across the ocean, and the host family made me feel at home from day one. I was fortunate to share the experience with other Spanish-speaking guest from Paraguay, so it was a great cultural exchange for all.
What did you enjoy most about your cambio?
I had never thought I could teach and even less in a language that is not mine, but the children were always easy and fun. I felt very proud when they took good photographs and then they showed me. Also, I enjoyed the opportunity to travel to San Francisco with all the family a lot, meeting the family’s friends and sharing experiences and delicious (and sometimes so spicy!!!) food.
Why did you choose GoCambio to find accommodation?
I was looking for a way to improve my spoken English. I love traveling, meeting people and other cultures. I think the best way to know a place is living like people live there, so when I found out GoCambio, I thought it was a fantastic idea for traveling without spending much money and learn a lot about other countries.
What skills/languages did you teach your host?
I was teaching photography and practicing speaking Spanish with four kids between 7 and 16 years old. I tried to teach them Spanish through photography with activities and taking photos. I tried to explain the basic concepts in both languages.
Will you be going on another cambio?
Yes, I will. I need to continue practicing my English, so I will probably look for another host this summer. It is an amazing experience, and I think everyone can teach what they really love. I recommend it to everybody.
Always fancied yourself a bit of a pro photographer? Maybe you secretly believe you could be budding shutterbug, if only you had a bit of help at the start? Well how about hosting someone like Paloma in your home to get things camera ready?
Or you could do the jetsetting and travel to the US! You can swap your language for free homestay like Paloma did, or perhaps even another skill entirely – everybody has something worth sharing.
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