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Afterschool Language and Culture Program

Teaching students

With an increasingly globalized world and a high chance to encounter people from different cultures throughout one’s life whether in an educational program, work setting, or in daily activities, exposure to and familiarity with foreign languages and cultures, especially at a young age, is increasingly important.

The goal of the Afterschool Language and Culture Program offered by the area studies programs within the Cornell Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies is to provide K-12 students from the local area with the opportunity to learn a foreign language and culture from a native or foreign language speaker. K–12 students from the upstate New York region interact with and learn from students, faculty, staff, and other volunteers from the Cornell community who are inspired to teach a language to children and share their culture in a fun and engaging way.

Managed by the South and Southeast Asia Outreach Programs at Cornell (SAP and SEAP) with funding from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Program, the Afterschool Language and Culture Program has been running in local elementary schools for over 8 years and has already reached thousands of children. A new partnership with the Public Service Center, which is part of a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant, will enable SEAP and SAP to broaden the reach of the Afterschool Language and Culture Program into more rural and underserved schools. Through this program, students get exposure to other cultures and languages, which expands their perspective and understanding of difference.

If you are interested in getting involved as a foreign language teacher volunteer, please apply here:

For any questions or concerns, please contact the Program Manager at