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Here are some excellent opportunities in the Olympia area to practice your Spanish or learn more about Spanish-speaking cultures.


These groups often sponsor cultural and educational events.
Alcohólicos Anónimos: Grupo Un Nuevo Amanecer
Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00 PM
Saturdays 4:30 PM
Olympia Alano Club
407 Water St. SW
Thurston-Santo Tomás (Nicaragua) Sister County Association. Information: (360)943-8642,
Works to support the community of Santo Tomas, Nicaragua, send delegates there to work on community projects, and bring delegates to Olympia to do education and outreach work.



"Talk Time" at EF school of English.
A program mostly designed to give students of English as a Foreign Language the opportunity to practice.
Mondays 4:00 PM (excluding holidays)
4th Floor, Seminar Building I
The Evergreen State College
Olympia, WA
Information: Janet Michaels, (360)867-6422
"Conversation Partners" through EF school of English.
Call or write to apply. Janet Michaels, (360)867-6422


KAOS 89.3 FM
"Informativo Pacífica" Tuesdays 5:30-6:00 PM. A half-hour national and international news program with reports from contributors from more than 30 countries in America and Europe. "Informativo Pacífica" focuses on: labor, women, Indigenous Peoples struggles, and matters of war and peace and examines the root-causes of white supremacy, discrimination, racism, and the impact of neo-liberal policies..
"Sonidoz del Tierra"; Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 PM the hottest music in the alternative Latin world from Hip Hop, Reggae, Ska, Rock, Electronica, Rap, Jazz, Reggaeton and the occasional traditional tune mixed in, with your host DJ KALAMBRE.
"El Mensaje del Aire"; Saturdays 3:00-5:00 PM (Mostly Mexican music)
“Sundrenched” Mondays 10am to Noon. Music from warm places.
“Cover the Earth” Tuesdays 10am to Noon. World music variety.
Xenophilia” Thursdays 10am to Noon. World music variety.
Spin the Globe” Fridays 10am to Noon. World music variety.

KDDS 99.3 FM "La Gran-D"
All-Mexican music

KMIA 1210 AM "La Zeta"
All-Mexican music

KUOW 94.9FM and 1340AM
"Latino USA" Thursdays 10:00-10:30 PM (A radio journal of news and culture, the only national, English-language radio program produced from a Latino perspective)

El Rey 1360AM
Spanish language programming 24 hours a day. "El Rey offers the Hispanic community of Puget Sound a combination of music from Central and South America, Mexico, Spain, and the Caribbean, as well as news, sports, entertainment, concerts, community events and information that concerns the Hispanic community."


St. Joseph's
6th & Cascade
Sundays 1:00 PM. Information: (360)748-4953

Iglesia Comunidad Cristiana (Evangelical)
5707 Lacey Blvd.

St. John's Episcopal Church
20th Ave. and Capitol Way
Sundays 6:00 PM
(360) 426-2268

St. Edward's Catholic Church
322 North 3rd St.
Sundays 10:00 AM
Shelton, Washington 98584
Phone: (360) 426-6134


The Olympia Spanish Conversation Group. "Casual, fun, relaxing events for getting together and practicing your Spanish—maybe never quite "perfecting" it, but getting just a little bit better each time, while meeting fun, kind, and interesting people (people like you!). Native Spanish speakers who would enjoy helping people learn their language are also welcome!! If you really enjoy using your Spanish, and enjoy meeting other people who like Spanish as much as you do, we would love to have you join us. We meet on the first Monday of each month, because your weekend is probably already busy, and having something to look forward to on Monday just allows that weekend feeling to last one day longer!"

Flamenco Dance Lessons
1025 Black Lake Boulevard SW, Olympia
Thursdays @ 7:45-8:45 PM Instructor: Angela Audorff
Beginning flamenco classes Thursday nights 7:45-8:45pm
Studio West Dance Academy. Studio West Dance Academy
Info: angelabrandenburg[at]
Salsa Saturday at the Royal Lounge
311 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA, 98501 (360) 705-0760
Saturdays @ 8 PM
Every Saturday at the Royal Lounge from 8pm until 10pm. Basic beginner Salsa lesson is included in your $5 cover, and the class begins at 8pm.
Salsa Lessons by Salsa de Cuba
Johansen Olympia Dance Center, 412 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia, WA, 98501 (360) 943-8011
Sundays 4:00 PM
Salsa de Cuba presents...Beginning Salsa lessons in September! Focus of this session:
 Exploring foundations of salsa
, creating safety for body movement
, gaining confidence on the dance floor
, and having fun.

Tango lessons, Tuesdays, South Bay Grange, 3918 Sleater-Kinney Rd.
First Tuesday of each month, Sonny Newman teaches Argentine tango lessons $10
Beginners: 6:30-8:00 PM
Intermediate: 8-9:30 PM
Other Tuesdays are practices: $5, from 6:30-9 PM
Information: 456-4373


Univisión (local cable channel 30)
Yes, the programming is cheesey. What this channel offers is not a decent representation of the cultural diversity and quality produced by Spanish speaking regions. And yes they speak incredibly fast. But it's still a great way to train your ear!


Rainy Day Records, Division & Harrison, (360)786-8017


Teaching ESL is something that is best done in English, not Spanish: English is the subject after all. Besides, not all one's students are usually Spanish speakers. However, if there are Spanish speakers in the class, break time and social gatherings outside class often provide great opportunities to schmooze and practice your Spanish. ESL teachers and tutors have the opportunity to meet people of other cultures that they otherwise would not.
Bookends Literacy Project
Information: (360) 754-7711 X3734
El Proyecto C.I.E.L.O.
Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Classes take place at "Radio Ranch:" 3102 8th Ave. NE, Olympia
Information: (360)709-0931
Mason County Literacy, (360)426-9733
This organization is always looking for general ESL volunteers and, especially, for advanced Spanish speakers to help prepare Spanish-speaking adults with limited English proficiency to take the G.E.D.


The American Cultural Exchange (ACE) is looking for Spanish speakers to teach! ACE is a non-profit organization. It is offering part-time positions (2-4 hours per week, morning or afternoons) teaching elementary school children. The classes are currently taught in several elementary schools in the area. They bin in late October and continue through April (forty lessons in all). ACE trains teachers in their "Natural Approach" and "Total Physical Response" methods.
For more information, call Nicole Mercier, ACE Regional Coordinator, at 493-2388.


Check out our local library system's online catalog. There are 27 libraries' collections to choose from! They have lots of Spanish language materials! At all levels! (Not only instructional materials, but music, movies, kids' books, adult books, fiction, non-fiction...)
  • TIP: To access materials written in Spanish for native speakers (not Spanish instructional materials for non-Spanish speakers) do a "SUBJECT" search for "SPANISH LANGUAGE EDITION."
Timberland Regional Library's website also offers two free online Language programs (Mango Languages and Rocket Languages) that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. You must have a TRL library card to use them.


Some local farms employ native Spanish speakers. Volunteering to work a such a farm offers the opportunity to converse with them. It also means that you'll go home with some fresh vegetables in exchange for your labor.
Pigman's Organic Produce Patch
Jan & Dean Pigman
10633 Steilacoom Rd.
(360) 491-FARM

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"El Castellano: La página del idioma español"
El Centro Virtual Cervantes



Timberland Regional Library offers two free online Language programs (Mango Languages and Rocket Languages) that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. You must have a TRL library card to use them.
English/Spanish Link Chat, Spanish curriculum vitae, Spanish business letters, Spanish homework help, Spanish pronunciation. Spanish help, Spanish slang, Spanish lessons online
Españolé! On-line Resources for Students and Teachers of Spanish
Foreign Language Teaching Forum's Resources for Language Teachers
Grupo de Estructuras de Datos y Lingüística Computacional
The Internet TESL Journal's "Games and Activities for the ESL/EFL Classroom"
Teachers.Net: Spanish Teachers' Chat Board
TECLA: (Revista británica diseñada para estudiantes de español) Textos y Actividades





AhoraNow "A bilngual periodical of the Labor/Comunity Strategy Center presenting left theory and practice. Documents corporate and government attacks against working people, giving priority to voices from the front lines, and covers strategies and tactics in contemporary compaigns against racism and xenophobia."
América Latina en Movimiento
BBC news in Spanish
BRS Web Radio Links to radio stations online around the globe
CNN news in Spanish
Contrainformación en Red "Territorio virtual para los movimientos sociales y la acción política en internet"
Cuba Update "Published by the Center for Cuban Studies. Proveds accurate, accesible news coverage and discussion of important issues almost impossible to find elsewhere."
El Salvador Watch
El Vistazo



Cultural Etiquette by Amoja Three Rivers


A Touch of Greatness A great documentary about Albert Cullum, a really inspiring teacher.

SPANISH SCHOOLS ABROAD AND SCHOOL DIRECTORIES Schools and Programs (This is different from the above listing.)


Lonely Planet
Madre "Demanding human rights for women and families around the world."
Outpost "A politically aware and realistic guide to adventurous travel."
Passionfruit "Women's stories of travel and global issues—with a literary bent."
Travel Travelers' reports
Transitions Abroad Alternative work , study, and travel abroad
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms Links people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people around the world who are looking for volunteer help.
Lengua Rica

Certified Spanish Language Instruction,
Interpretation, and Translation Services
P.O. Box 806
Olympia WA 98507
(360) 357-9924

This page was last modified: 02 March 2019.