Under the direction of Prof. Steyaert, Spanish students put to work their language and tutoring skills for the Hispanic communities of Royersford, Pottstown, and Phoenixville.
Prof. Giovanna Steyaert continues developing and directing developed a volunteering program for Ursinus students in several local Spanish speaking communities:
- Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos (CCLU)
- Royersford Public Library
- Pottstown Regional Public Library
- Phoenixville Public Library.
At the beginning of the semester, each potential volunteer is interviewed by Prof. Steyaert and placed in a program that best fits his or her skills.
Spanish majors and minors, as well as students enrolled in elementary Spanish courses are welcome to participate.
There are different volunteering opportunities available to our students: from teaching basic English to adults, to participate in story time for children or in adult book clubs.
Seventeen UC students are currently volunteering:
Lillian, Brandon (Spanish and Biology, ’19): ESL at ACLAMO Family Centers.
Segich, Brooke (Biology and HEP, Spanish minor ’21): Afterschool at Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos; Story time at the Phoenixville Public Library.
Johnson, Laura (American Studies, Religious Studies minor, ’19): Afterschool at Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos.
Ruiz, Jasmine (Spanish and Math, ’22): Pottstown 3rd Latin Festival.
Ruiz, Kayla (Biochemistry, ’22): Pottstown 3rd Latin Festival.
Corona, Kim (Media and Communication Studies, minor in Creative Writing, ’20): Nutrition and Yoga at ACLAMO Family Centers.
Patel, Prachi (Biology, minor in Spanish, ’21): Pottstown 3rd Latin Festival, ESL & afterschool at ACLAMO Family Centers
Parham, Ta’shea (Psychology, minor in Spanish, 21): Afterschool & ESL at ACLAMO Family Centers.
Hurley, Brianna (Spanish and English, ’19): Spanish tutoring at Myrin.
Turcios, Amanda (Anthropology & Sociology, ’20): Pottstown 3rd Latin Festival, Nutrition & Yoga at ACLAMO Family Centers, Story Time at the Royersford Public Library.
Babaian, Nareen (Spanish and Biology, ’21): Afterschool at Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos.
Axtle, Valerie (International Relations, minor in Spanish, ’22): Pottstown 3rd Latin Festival, afterschool at ACLAMO Family Centers.
Weber, Alyssa (Spanish and Dance, ’20): ESL at ACLAMO Family Centers.
Brittingham, Grace (Biology, minor in Spanish, ’22): Story time at the Royersford Public Library.
Vesslee, Sianneh (Undecided, minor in African American & Africana Studies, ’21): Spanish Book Club at the Royersford Public Library, afterschool at Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos.
Geraci, Malik (Environmental Studies, minor in Psychology, ’19): Afterschool at Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos.
Celli, Jessica (’22): Story Time at the Royersford Public Library,
UC Application Form
- A detailed description of the Volunteering Opportunities is available here.
- We ask prospective volunteer students to complete the following form in order to be considered for the program: Spanish Volunteering Opportunities Application Form-Fall 2018.
ACLAMO Application Requirements
First day of the program: Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
The following documentation is required by ACLAMO:
- Online Registration.
- Clearances: Child abuse, Criminal record, FBI Fingerprints. Submitted before the first day of the program or brought the first day in a close enveloped. The documentation is available here.
- Confidentiality Agreement.
- Photograph/Video Authorization Form.
- Volunteer Emergency Contact Information.
CCLU requires Police and Child Abuse Clearances. The documentation is available here.
“Community and communication are interdependent. You can’t have one without the other. When groups of people get together and make connections, they thrive. That’s what a Spanish major allows you to do: communicate and make connections with different groups of people. Because of Ursinus, I’m able to do just that with the local Hispanic communities. In tutoring ESL at ACLAMO, I have been able to improve both their lives and mine own” (Jordan Ostrum ’17, Spanish Major).