Modern Languages

Spanish Students Volunteer in Pottstown, Pa.

Under the direction of Giovanna Steyaert, Spanish students put to work their language and tutoring skills for the Hispanic community of Pottstown, Pa.

 Thanks to an Ursinus College Teaching and Learning Initiative Grant for Pedagogical Innovation and Experimentation, Prof. Giovanna Steyaert has developed a volunteering program in the local Spanish speaking community for Ursinus student.

The program includes teaching ESL, mentoring Hispanic children, leading Adult Book Clubs, and reading stories in Spanish to young heritage speakers at two non-profit organizations, ACLAMOCentro Cultural Latinos Unidos, and at the Pottstown Regional 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 currently 14 students participating in this program:

  • Hollin Anderson (2017)
  • Adam Bumgardner (2017)
  • Anna Budny (2018)
  • Sarah Gow (2018)
  • Joseph Jaworski (2016, English)
  • Samantha Morris (2018)
  • Jordan Ostrum (2017, Spanish)
  • Chase Renninger (2017, Biochem/Molecular Biology & Spanish)
  • Jade Segreto (2017, Biology)
  • Jerilyn Smith (2018)
  • Alexa Snively-Bologna (2016, Neuroscience; Spanish Minor)
  • Amanda Steyaert (2017, English & Spanish Major)
  • Jessica Vadaketh (2018)
  • Tess Wiggin (2016, Biochem/Molecular Biology;Spanish Minor)