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A message to Young People in the USA: PeopleToPeople.com and Building International Bridges Penpals can expand your world

29 May

Building International Bridges was created in 2004 to carry on the work of Brooks Emeny.  Brooks was an early participant in People to People International, which was started by President Eisenhower.  Learn more at www.PeopleToPeople.com

The key observation:  Sometimes governments don’t communicate well.  At least with people-to-people efforts, the lines of communication can remain open between countries.

Brooks was a university professor and he visited Iran, Morocco, Jordan, Syria, India, and met professors in those countries.  That’s an example of a people-to-people connection.


You can connect with students in person or by Skype.
Make safe connections via http://www.BIBPenpals.com
by following the guidelines: (1) Keep a parent or other adult in the room to monitor the skype calls


Guideline (2): if the other person is rude or “too friendly” or makes you uncomfortable, contact BIB Penpals and stop talking with the person.
+1 954 646 8246


The images on this page are from the PeopleToPeople.com website. The purpose of presenting these images to you is to encourage you to visit their website.
BIBPenpals.com is not affiliated with PeopletoPeople.com


Remember, only you can prevent negative experiences from happening. Smile, don’t give out personal information, use an email address that you don’t usually use…

If you visit http://www.PeopleToPeople.com, you will find these announcements.Image

USE COMMONSENSE when connecting with people you don’t know.

(If commonsense were common, we wouldn’t have to point out these tips)

a) don’t give out personal information, such as your address or phone number

b)  don’t travel to meet the other person

c)  don’t take risks

d) don’t sue the people who set up this website.  We’re teachers and we want to connect students to encourage  peer-to-peer learning

If you have the money, why not connect with PeopleToPeople.com?

If you don’t have the funds necessary to travel, learn more about the penpal program via Skype and Facebook …



 I am a teache…

23 Apr


I am a teacher of English as a second language. Teenagers from Europe,

South America, Africa and Asia come toFloridato improve their accents

every summer. They return to their countries and ask me to find local

U.S.teenagers so they can continue to improve their English.


You have what billions of people want: theU.S.accent. My students

know British English, but they want to speak like you – you will help with

“accent reduction.”


Building bridges with penpals




If you choose to participate in this helpful mission, there are some rules:

a) Boys talk with boys, girls talk with girls.

b) Ask your parents to sit with you during the first contact by


c) If you feel uncomfortable, stop the contact and report to


d) Send me a copy of all email messages and Skype chat

messages. I will use those records to calculate the hours

of volunteer time.

e) Please request a letter for “confirmation of volunteer

hours” once a month.

Any questions? Contact me. Please show this brochure to your parents.


Born in September 2011, Sofia will be ready for BIB penpals in 2026. She will speak excellent English...



Message to Parents

For this project to work successfully, your help is needed. Since you are a savvy worldly

I spoke with this fellow. 16 years old, very sincere. Your next penpal is here

Please select one of the people on this list and reach out. They want to learn aboutU.S.culture and they

want to practice English.


I taught these people face-to-face


Paloma in Brazil: paloma_ortegas@hotmail.com

France: benjamin.dumay@hotmail.fr

Falvia (Brazil) fla_martins_88@hotmail.com

Christian612@web.de bicycle enthusiast inGermany

Facebook: ahmad.alzahri Saudi hospital administrator

Spain: zarate_094@hotmail.com



I spoke to these people Skype and email:

A teacher inFlorianopolis,Brazil: Jaluif@yahoo.com.br

Skype: Novinshahroudi mng.n.2006@gmail.com

Davitvanyan95 (skype) 16-year-old inArmenia


wise person, you can size up a person who wants to learn English:

Is the person polite?



I have additional lists of people who have asked for free English lessons but I have not taught

them face-to-face. They appear to be sincere people and they are desperate to improve

their English.


Here is a typical result: John Lipkin, a high school student in 2006 (I tutored him

for the SAT), came to my classroom and met Fernando fromColombia, Sezar

fromTurkeyand Karim fromGermany. John gave them

conversation practice and was invited to the homes of these students — John

visited all of them over the next four years.   (Learn more by contacting John at



BIB Penpals is an opportunity for your child to meet people who will give an “inside tour” of cities –    when your child travels, the other student of English will be a local guide. Some of myU.S.students have traveled aroundEuropewithout staying in a hotel.


I invite you to contact me directly with your questions 954 646 8246 mobile


Skype SteveEnglishTeacher



Students in the USA -- are you ready to guide visitors from other countries? When you visit their cities, they'll guide you.