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Founded in 2000, MADRIDBABEL® ( http://www.madridbabel.es ) is an international cultural exchange group that organizes a lot of activities in Madrid. Its main mission is to encourage and provide the opportunity to practice a wide range of languages amongst people from all over the world as well as create a comfortable venue to make new acquaintances in Madrid. Currently it has more than 25,000 members belonging to its different forums, the most important ones being at Yahoo ( http://es.groups.yahoo.com/group/madridbabel ) and Facebook( http://www.facebook.com/groups/19732127016 ). A detailed program of activities is published on these pages on a weekly basis.
MadridBabel organizes two weekly international encounters at Café Galdós (Los Madrazo 10 – metro Sevilla):
· Wednesdays starting at 20:30
· Sundays starting at 19.00
The environment is friendly and welcoming and there is no entrance fee. Fran Rodríguez Veiga – creator and leader of the group from Madrid – and his collaborators are there to introduce people who share common interests and/or languages and help create a comfortable welcome for newcomers. These events usually attract about 200 participants - students to professionals, 20 to 50 years old, from about 30 different nations-. They have been awarded with the prize Best Intercambio of the Year by the European Vibe Magazine and have the recognition and participation of the Madrid Visitors & Convention Bureau (City Council).
In addition to the two weekly encounters, MadridBabel organizes many other events in Madrid and surroundings areas. These include going to original version films (with subtitles in Spanish), international dinners and tapas at a variety restaurants and bars, excursions, trips, sports, cultural visits, wine tastings, etc. There are also parties with an international flare which usually attract over 500 people.
Moreover, MadridBabel also works with a quality room finding and estate agency in Madrid and London with special prices for carefully selected furnished flats and rooms in well connected areas of both cities. An excellent relocation service is also available. Furthermore, it coordinates language courses both in Madrid and abroad.
MadridBabel collaborates with a variety of entities (some of them being part of MadridBabel Club, where they offer discounts, promotions and special events to all its members) as well as creates links to other similar international groups including partner groups known as MontpellierBabel, TorontoBabel, CádizBabel, LimaBabel, UdineBabel, ValenciaBabel, El Puerto Babel, Ottawababel, JerezBabel, ParisBabel, BelemBabel, RomaBabel, San Diego Babel, Ciudad Real Babel, TriesteBabel, ToledoBabel, RiojaBabel, KWBabel (Canada) MéxicoBabel (Aguascalientes), BarnaBabel (Barcelona) and KBH Babel (Copenhague). It also represents Spain in the Language Exchange International Federation.
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