Local Esperanto Groups
You've been zooming through those Esperanto lessons (denove, multajn dankojn al la kreintoj de la kurso), isn't the next step to find some nearby Esperantists with whom you can try out your new Esperanto skills?
I've seen a couple posts on groups in specific areas (Atlanta and someone looking for other people in San Antonio), but it might make sense for those of us who are in local groups, or who are hoping for a local group, to make one central area for this.
If you're in a group, or hoping to form a group, please post here.
I have a group in the Las Cruces/El Paso area http://www.meetup.com/Rio-Grande-Esperanto-Meetup/
And I'll start my own discussion by owning up to being the coordinator for a group that meets in Orange County, California (though we have members in L.A. and Riverside counties as well). Our next meeting is June 13, and we meet just about every month. If you're interested, please contact me.
I'm interested in hearing experiences in this as well. I met our local group for the first time last night, and they have a fairly well-established schedule of meeting the 1st and 3rd Friday's of the month at a local bookstore and coffee shop. Adding a Meetup.com group might expose the group to a younger crowd. Even if I was the only one footing the bill, would it be worth it to spend $10/month for greater exposure? Alternatively, one can easily create a public calendar on Google Calendar to hold the same information, a Google Community, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account, all for free.
I've had a meetup group for 3 months now, and there are 7 members. Have not yet had anyone RSVP for a meetup. I put up a few fliers at the local university, and have an ad on craigslist, but it seems quite hard to attract people. The map of esperantists that was recently posted about has yielded one guy who may come to the next meet. I should note that even the groups that have quite a lot of members (150+) often only have 2 or 3 people show for a meetup. While the cost isn't a concern for me, it does seem that you are better off using other methods to generate interest, and then use the Meetup.com site for the mechanics of organizing the group (which Meetup does quite nicely). I'll give it 3 more months and see how it goes.
Specifically, I paid for six-month memberships in Meetup three times (to be a group admin on Meetup, you need to be a paid member, and they seem to have subsequently changed the pricing plans). After dumping more than $100 into Meetup, I had found one Esperantist there who later moved out of the area.
Here is a map of Esperanto groups in Germany and neighbouring countries. http://www.esperantoland.org/gruppen/mapo.php?mapo=13lingvo=eo
Are you listed in our reference of local groups? http://esperanto-usa.org/en/content/southwest I can add or edit the listings as you wish. This list is referred to more and more as Duolingo people find out about it. Let me know your contact info of you want me to edit the list. Phil "filipo" Dorcas, email@example.com Commissioner for local groups for Esperanto-USA.
I have created a Facebook group for metro Detroit Esperantistoj. Hoping to garner some interest in this area and eventually plan some meetups. If you're from the area, join up! https://www.facebook.com/groups/MetroDetroitEsperantists/
I went ahead and put this link under "Detroit" in the Michigan section. I also referenced the Esperanto Society of Michigan. If you want a name or email associated with this listing, let us know and we'll edit the list as needed.
(Maintaining the list of local groups and contact points is a service of Esperanto-USA).
Dankon!! Amike, filipo, firstname.lastname@example.org Phil Dorcas, Commissioner for Local Groups, Esperanto-USA
Local Esperanto groups are forming now.
It is exciting to see new local groups forming and people contacting one another. It is happening several ways, with the Amikumu app, with Meetup, various online forums and social media, and with the local groups listing in Esperanto-USA.
We are looking for new connections, specifically in Delaware, Rhode Island, Vermont, South Dakota, and Mississippi. If you are in one of these states and are willing to be a contact person, let me know and we’ll set you up with your email address on our web page. Note that the email addresses are cyphered so that automatic bots (web crawlers) won’t recognize it as an email, but they are mouse-clickable for humans.
Also, there are major cities which have no club listed and no contact person. If you live in Pittsburgh, Orlando, Tampa, Riverside, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Las Vegas, or San Jose please consider being a contact person and let me know. If you live in the USA, please check our current website and see if your area is listed. If not, let us know if you are willing to be a contact. Also let us know if you find stale information, where the contact is no longer valid.
A contact person is someone who wants to get Esperanto speakers and learners together in their area, but doesn’t have to have fluency. A club might sprout up if people get together.
Helping local Esperanto groups is a service of Esperanto-USA.
Dankon!! Amike, filipo Phil “filipo” Dorcas Commissioner for local Esperanto groups for Esperanto-USA email@example.com
“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” - Victor Hugo
The time for Esperanto is now, 2017, the year of Zamenhof!
2017 estas la Zamenhofjaro.
(I'm not proficient enough to attempt replying in esperanto yet, sorry, but if I read correctly)
I'm not sure about Dallas, but just a bit north of you there is a group in Sherman, TX. I haven't contacted or met up with them yet but I do remember looking a while ago and seeing that.
The benefit of associating with E-USA is that you also have a source for acquiring reading materials, music, movies, etc in or about Esperanto.
If you live outside of the US, then you might want to contact the UEA, La Universala Esperanto Asocio. Their offices are in the Netherlands but they have a good net presence, & they try to keep track of organized groups all over the world.
There is no official relationship between any of the local groups and Esperanto-USA. Local groups are not even mentioned in the by-laws. We do this work in Esperanto-USA to support local groups because it is good for the movement in the USA and worldwide. But that is a good point to make. You do not have to have any association with Esperanto-USA at all to be on the list.
Is anybody here in Southern Arizona (USA), like in Tuscon or south of Tuscon? There are some people in Greenvalley, AZ, who are looking for some connections. They are not online with Duolingo but are otherwise very active in Esperanto affairs. If you post here I'll forward info on to them.
Thanks, I'll do that. Good suggestion. We're "on the same page." I'm trying to connect people, set up new local groups, and get the webpage at Esperanto-USA updated - not necessarily with official local groups, but just contact points as well. There might be somebody who is willing to be a contact point, but isn't ready to organize any kind of official or unofficial club.
I'll be in AZ the week after Easter (2018). I've set up one meeting... looking to set up a few more while I'm there. For those who don't know me, I'm an Esperanto teacher used to talking with people at all levels. I do charge for lessons, but the point here is to meet people, make friends, and see if we can bring some people together.
http://esperanto-usa.org/?q=node/448#mi We have several in Michigan, some close or in Detroit. You can look at this list and contact the closest ones you can find. There are seven contact points there. I know Michigan is spread out, but surely there is someone there who can help.
I don't see Detroit specifically listed. Our national Esperanto congress was there in 2015. If you cannot find a contact directly in Detroit, we can ask again here in forums for a volunteer to start up a group.
Thank you for your interest and for communicating regarding your search.
You can start a local group anytime you want, even without fluency. Let us know when you wish and we will put you on the list. The enthusiasm of a newcomer is sometimes a lot more powerful than the traditional ways of the old-timers. You are probably more ready than you are aware of. We are happy to help you whenever you wish. Your choice.
My coworker and I started a Facebook group for locals in the metro Detroit area. I think once we get enough interest, we'll use it to coordinate local gatherings.
I've been speaking with Sherry, who runs that group. Although I've helped create a strictly Detroit-area group (for the time being), my intention is to also help her out as much as possible (I think her group is more geared towards the entire state) and hopefully roll my group into hers at some point :)
We now have 95 local groups or local contact points in the United States for our Esperanto communities. We are growing in membership and in local groups.
Although that may seem like a good number to some people, we are still lacking local groups or contacts in several major cities. We have no contacts for 8 states and 4 territories:
Delaware West Virginia Rhode Island Vermont South Dakota Alabama Louisiana Mississippi
American Samoa Guam Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Virgin Islands
We would like contacts or start-up clubs in these places. Please look at our listings and see if there is a listing in YOUR area. If not, please communicate here, message me, or email me. It does not take a fluent Esperanto speaker to start a group or be an initial contact. The desire is more important than fluency. It is more important to want to have a local group and be willing to be that initial flame, the founder. We will help you do that.
Helping local Esperanto groups in the U.S.A. is a service of Esperanto-USA. How can we help YOUR GROUP?
Amike / Sincerely, Filipo DORCAS (Phil Dorcas) firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner for Local Groups, Esperanto-USA
Thank you to all who have posted about our local groups pages!
It is important to have complete and current information about local Esperanto groups.
It is important for a new Esperanto speaker to find local friends, and it is also important for any Esperanto speaker when traveling or moving. We need good information.
Thanks to all who check their listings and supply feedback for additions and corrections.
At least two people I've skyped with recently are from Portland. I just have to remember which two. One of them is one of my italki students and lives in the outskirts -- I'll let him know about this thread. The other... oh yeah, he's one of the Patrons of Esperanto Variety Show.
Oh, and there's this: https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Friends-of-the-New-Esperanto/
https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Friends-of-the-New-Esperanto/ I have not been to this group, but they meet Sunday and I am hoping to go there.
Saluton! I am from Portland-ish, and am one of those mentioned by Salivanto. The event linked to by the others is a good place to start. We'll be at the Lucky Lab this coming Sunday. Also, feel free to shoot me a message if you want someone for chatting. I can always use more practice.
- Use Amikumu app to find others in your area.
- Set yourself up as a Duolingo host, (events.duolingo.com), get the training and a huge amount of resources for local Esperanto groups. If Duolingo doesn't accept you due to age, maybe a parent or other trusted adult can do this for you.
- Plan an event at least two weeks in the future. Maybe at a restaurant or some other public gathering place. Create the event in Duolingo Events.
- Ask around where you might be permitted to place a club announcement as a public service.
- Show up and see what happens.
- Ask in your school (when in session) what it takes to start a club. Need a teacher as a sponsor? Need a minimum number of members? Need by-laws?
- Or just make it up as you go along, knowing you are not alone and that people are wishing you well, and encouraging you at every step.