Alma means leap (Greek), nurture (Latin) and soul (Portuguese). It is an apple (Hungarian), a space telescope (Chile) and an asteroid (390 Alma). It is a beautiful girl's name and shows the diversity and range of possibilities that exist out there.
The Alma Collective was created by Madalena in 2016. Born in Brussels to a Greek father and German mother, she has experienced first hand what it means to grow up with a multitude of cultures and languages. This has shaped her life.
Being a mother herself, she is excited to offer her children and others the same opportunities of multilingualism she had. Alma originally started as a program for a Greek-speaking playgroup in North London and is now expanding to digital.
Rebecca grew up in Luxembourg with a German mother and a French father. She speaks four languages and her journey has taken her to several countries.
She now lives in London with her husband and two children who, just like her, are growing up in a multilingual and multicultural environment being exposed to English, German and Arabic. She knows first hand the challenges parents face who wish to pass on the gift of multilingualism to their children.
How do you find people who speak the same language in your area? Rebecca wants to connect more people and offer the support they need to embark on a multilingual journey. At The Alma Collective she’s in charge of building a Playgroup Database and Starter Kit.
The Alma Collective is you.
You are part of us. Child or adult, we welcome you to the fold and hope to hear about your adventures, soon.
We need your help!
Are you someone who seeks out language specific activities in your area and knows what's going on through sheer personal endeavour? Give your natural inclination a name and become an emissary for your language. As part of our team of volunteers you will keep tracking language specific playgroups, provide a digital shelter for them, build a map for easier discovery, and check every now and then if they haven't moved on. Sounds good? Get in touch and let's discuss the details.
We want to bring our ideas to live. Are you the one who dreams of coding a time tracker, has always wanted to design a book, or fantasised about the perfect data base? Tell us what's inspiring you and let's find a way to work on this together.
If you're feeling inspired by creating events, love social media, or have an eye for design and detail, we'd love to hear from you. There's plenty to do at The Alma Collective on every level so let's chat and take it from there.