Volunteering for language in government agencies

What

Volunteering for Language (VxL) is a free programme for practising Catalan through conversation, in person or online. The goal is to enable public agencies to offer their staff the opportunity to improve their level of spoken Catalan, to increase competitiveness, quality of service and their roots with the immediate environment.

VxL is developed in different fields to meet the specific needs of certain groups, such asgovernment agencies and the business world, among others.

Who

The VxL is addressed to the government agency staff. It is based on the creation of language pairs formed by a volunteer, who speaks Catalan fluently, and a learner, who has basic Catalan language skills but needs to practise the language to become fluent.

How

VxL in government agencies takes place within the work environment.

The CPNL, in collaboration with a person of reference in government agency, helps with both the internal dissemination of the programme and language pair management.

The language pairs undertake to meet for one hour a week, for a minimum of 10 meetings. They also have access to the activities that the programme organises to practise Catalan in different environments and a discount card for cultural and leisure equipment. At the end of the meetings, they are given a certificate of participation.