Spain Capstone: Culture & Service
This service learning experience is designed to immerse students in Spanish culture and society by collaborating with a nonprofit social service based organization in the province of Zamora, in the region of Castilla y León, Spain. Students will lead or assist small groups of at risk young adults (ages 13-17) in organized activities. They will also collaborate with the service site to better existing programs and help create new activities as directed by the community partner.
Potential classes that students will assist or lead:
- Structured educational workshops: pre-labor skills, interviewing skills, English classes, grammar classes and other formative classes.
- Art and Craft classes that produce products that the participant can sell during the seasonal fairs that are common in the community.
- Recreational classes and outings for stress relief and team building.
- Cultural outings- to learn more about history and culture.
This capstone course is four weeks long in Zamora, Spain. There will be four mandatory pre-departure meetings held during the spring term to begin work related to the final project. While in Zamora, students will have regular scheduled classes to prepare and later reflect on the Service Learning experience. Students will be paired with a local language partner and will have regular meetings to practice Spanish. Students will reside with host families in the community. Weekends will be free.
Week 1*: Focus on language development, Spanish culture, society and history. Weeks 2 and 3: Work at their service-learning site for 3 hours each morning and meet with language partners in the evening Monday-
Week 4*: Guided reflection work in class on their service learning.
*There will be several educational field trips to cities and villages in Castilla y León that will correspond to classroom discussions during weeks 1 and 4.
Students will earn 6 credits of the following:
- UNST 421: Spanish Culture & Service Capstone
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- Students will need to have completed SPAN 203 prior to participation in this program.
- An interview in Spanish will be conducted prior to acceptance in order to assess their proficiency level.
- Preference will be given to those in third year Spanish courses.
- There will be 4 mandatory pre-course meetings that will include introductions, initial readings and assignments.
Application Deadline: April 1, 2015
Interview Required: You will be contacted following the deadline to schedule an interview.
Online Application: Application available November 2014. Sign up to receive notice when the application is open!