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Spain Capstone: Culture & Service

Extended Deadline of May 11th
NOTE: Admissions will be made on a rolling basis. 
Term: Summer 2014
Travel Dates: July 10 - August 3, 2014
Credits: 6
Faculty: Laura Mulas
Advisor: Jen Hamlow

This service learning experience is designed to immerse students in Spanish culture by collaborating with a community-based organization and assisting with or leading small groups of adult learners.Some potential classes are: basic or intermediate computer skills, general office skills, English language classes, art and craftsmanship, music groups, or helping organize cultural events.

This course is 25 days long and will partner with a non-profit organization in Zamora, Spain. Students will connect what they learn through readings and discussions about Spanish culture and society by living, working and interacting with Spanish citizens.

In the first 11 days students will learn about Zamora, attend language class and learn about social, political and economic issues in Spain in order to prepare them for their service experience. There will be educational field trips to Puebla de Sanabria, Toro and Salamanca. The last 2 weeks students will spend 2 hours each morning, Monday - Friday, at the service site and attend class in the afternoon. Evenings and weekends will be free and optional organized activities will be offered. Students will have the option to be paired with a native speaker to practice and sharpen their language skills. Each student will stay in a private dorm room.

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • explain the differences between Spanish and US culture
  • articulate the effect of the current political and economic state of affairs on Spanish society
  • identify at risk populations in the community
  • strengthen and expand their knowledge and fluency of the Spanish language
  • collaborate with staff, peers and participants at the service sites to identify, understand and implement strategies for communication and teaching of adult learners
  • develop and strengthen presentation and advocacy skills.

Please note that the housing option consists of a private dorm room with 7 meals provided seven days a week.

See Program Links below for more information.

Want to learn more about this program? Join us at one of the listed informational sessions:

  • March 4, 2014, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in East Hall 109
  • March 19, 2014 3-4 p.m. in East Hall 109

Course Information

Students will earn 6 credits of the following:

  • UNST 421: Spanish Culture & Service Capstone

There will be 2 pre-trip course meetings that will include introductions, initial readings and assignments. They will be (Friday) May 30 and June 6, 2014 from 4-6 p.m.

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees Additional Estimated Costs Total Estimated Costs
$3,055 $2,800 $5,855

Application Information


  • Participants must have completed Spanish 203
  • Open to all Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors from all majors
  • GPA of 2.75 or above

Application Deadline: May 11th, 2014 (Admissions will be made on a rolling basis.)

Interview Required: You will be contacted following the deadline to schedule an interview.

Online Application: Click here to apply now!


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