Learning English is tough. Learning any language is tough. Sometimes you just need a break from classes, learning and books and get some fresh air, go for a hike or go to a museum, something. It is no different for the students at Bridge Denver. They study hard. Some study everyday from 9am until 6pm for months. That is a whole lot of learning. The brain can only absorb so much information before it says, “OK! I’ve had enough! I need a break! Take me outside!”
And that is where Tim Samuelson comes in. He is the Activities Coordinator and also the Academic Advisor here at BridgeEnglish Denver. He is the one who plans all of the extracurricular activities so that students can have some sort of reprieve from their studies. But, in fact, the activities impart knowledge to the students just as much as being in the classroom. Plus, they are really, really fun!
AB: Tim, tell me a little about your background and how you got involved with Bridge.
TS: I have always had a passion for traveling and I thought that teaching ESL would be a great way to see the world and work at the same time and so I decided to get my TEFL certification. I actually received my TEFL right here at Bridge Denver in 2006. I wanted to go to Spain and so, after I got my certification, I went to Madrid for a year and taught English there.