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EWI in the Community: Speaking at the New Neighbors ESL classes

7 Nov

Today we were given the opportunity to speak with the charming students of the New Neighbors ESL classes, at Christ Church in Old Town.  It was a great chance for us to extend our services to some of the newest immigrants in Alexandria.

At 10:30 sharp, Perri, Mina, and I began with a dazzling presentation; extolling the virtues of our wonderful organization.  With strong diction and poise, Perri delivered a knockout punch of a speech, that left the students on the edge of their seats.

Our table was soon swarmed with beaming eyes and bright minds; and in a flash, our pamphlets were gone!   It was great to see so much ambition, even through the barrier of language.

All in all, we felt our presence was very well received.  Hopefully we will see many of their faces in the coming ETS classes. Special thanks to Susanne O’Neill for arranging the event. For more information about New Neighbors ESL classes, see their website at www.campagnacenter.org

Till our next adventure…

– Jeremy Brandt-Vorel
Media and Outreach Intern


Fall Inspirations

19 Oct

Here at EWI, we are all excited to welcome in the fall season.  From hot cider, to changing leaves; EWI is eager to fall into the season…

Perri’s favorite things about fall are… Leg-warmers, pumpkin pie, mocasins, colorful leaves, apple cider, and babies in halloween costumes!

Alexandra’s favorite things about fall are… Michigan State Football, apple cider, donuts, pumpkin ale, changing leaves, scarves, boots, pumpkin picking, berets, and Michigan State Football.

Mina’s favorite things about fall are… Homecomings, gourds, the “crispness of the air, the crunchiness of the leaves,” scarves, pumpkin ale, bonfires, apple picking, embers dissipating into the cool fall air, and camping.   “I love fall, it’s my favorite season”.

Charlia’s favorite things about fall are… sweet potato pie, hay rides, beerfests, haunted houses, apple-bobbing, leather jackets, long sweaters, and fried turkey

Jeremy’s favorite things about fall are… football season, rum and cider, watching movies, hot-tubbing, bonfires, and less sweating.

Mary’s favorite things about fall are.. the vibrant colors of the leaves, chill in the air that makes you pull out your scarves and hats and boots, the different styles of fall, wind changes, rustling of the leaves, and the spooky-ish autumnal aura.

Community Services Fair with Language ETC

12 Oct

On Tuesday October 10th, Perri and I attended a community services fair as presented by Language ETC, an organization that teaches ESL classes to DC residents.  The event took place at the Language ETC campus in north west DC, which made for a lovely drive along the Rock Creek Parkway.

After admiring a parade of daycare babies (Perri), we made our way into the ETC building and set up a lovely array of jewelry and EWI-related pamphlets.
Language ETC 10/9

The competition was fierce as our table was almost overshadowed by the MOST CHARISMATIC MAN IN THE WORLD, who’s booming voice and gargantuan stature loomed heavily over every person in the room.  Perri and I had no other option, we had to step our game up.  We reached into our bag of tricks and pulled out some Spanish fluency and old fashioned charm, which helped us to connect with many of the wonderful ESL students.

While other tables relied on gimmicks like free toothbrushes and stainless steel rulers, we handed out something far more valuable… the opportunity to better one’s self through EWI enrichment.

Ultimately, the event was a success that allowed us to reach out to potential EWI students and benefactors in the DC area.

Till our next adventure…

-Jeremy Brandt-Vorel
Media and Outreach Intern


Lunchbreak at EWI!

28 Sep

Charlia and Jeremy chow down on some chicken wings at Virtue Feed and Grain

Charlia eating some ribs from Bittersweet

Melinda with some Fish and Chips

Mina enjoying some gelato from Killer ESP

Charlia eating a balloon

Latte and Pulled Pork BBQ pie from Killer ESP


Perri enjoying her beverage at Killer ESP


Mina got a little carried away with her red-velvet-cake-gelato…