CHESTER - What looked last year like a one-off trip to the United States for a group of Colombian teachers is turning into something more this year.
Shoshana Fineman, a Hancock County native who teaches English at a private school in Bogota, Colombia, brought some of her colleagues to her home country in June 2012 for sight-seeing and practical English lessons.
She and her fellow teachers spent time in New York City, Pittsburgh and Chester. Next week, she's bringing her Colombian friends back to Chester for an expanded itinerary she hopes will include local residents.
She's calling it "Lingo Language Camp."
"The activities we are going to be doing can be for absolutely anybody of any age. They don't need to have any prior knowledge or experience," Fineman said. "They are just to have fun and for my guys to interact with people."
Fineman, 27, a 2004 graduate of Oak Glen High School, said that after last year's trip with a group of science teachers, she decided to try something more organized this year.
"The classes have been created so that the Colombian students can interact with new people and practice their English," she said.
The activities begin at 3 p.m. Friday at Tomlinson Run State Park, where there will be a "Capture the Flag" event. Participants should bring clothes that can get dirty and a water gun.
A dance class will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. July 6 at the Chester City Park Badgley Pavilion.
"We will be showing some basic dance steps used in traditional dances in Colombia, such as salsa," Fineman said. "The class is going to be a lot of fun."
Participants should wear comfortable shoes.
A soccer class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon July 8 at Chester City Park.
"Soccer is the most important and played sport in Colombia," Fineman said. "We would also like for the participants that same day to teach the Colombians how to play American football."
Fineman said participants should bring any soccer equipment they have, but experience or gear is not required.
Although the activities are free and open to the public, reservations are recommended. To RSVP, send an e-mail to Fineman at email@example.com or leave a message at 304-387-3739, the phone number for her father, Steve Fineman, of Chester.
Shoshana Fineman teaches English to eighth graders at Gimnasio Vermont, a private, bilingual school in Bogota, the capital of Columbia. The school has a partnership with St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vt.
More information can be found at the "Lingo Language Camp" group page on Facebook.
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