Spring Institute's mission is to empower people and organizations to succeed across languages and cultures.
Spring Institute was founded in 1979 to provide intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) training for international students. Within a year, Spring Institute began working within the emerging refugee resettlement network, primarily to meet the English-language and pre-employment needs of these newcomers.
Over 38 years, Spring Institute has grown substantially and currently provides programs and services in adult education, ESL, cross-cultural communications, health literacy, interpretation and translation, and career development. Our programs and advocacy efforts build pathways to success for individuals - including refugees and immigrants - and the organizations that serve and employ them.
"Learning about various cultures has taught me to understand others instead of taking their behavior personally. It is about embracing differences of values and beliefs."
"The hospitality class has helped me a lot. Before I came to America, I studied English in school, but the classes focused on the grammar, not practical English. We didn't have the practice at all and I couldn't understand people when I came here. It was really hard in the beginning. Spring Institute has helped me with this. I had to learn to communicate without overthinking."
"This training really helped me think of things from other people's points of view. I will definitively think about this training for long time to come."
"Ever since I discovered the Colorado Welcome Back Program, they have helped prepare me for interviews and guided me through the process. I met a lot of people from other countries through the CWB Program. Some of my closest friends here in Denver are the ones I met through Spring Institute. I'm so thankful for them and know that we'll be friends for life."