Service Learning in Spanish

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For the past 6 years there has been a field experience/service learning component to the Spanish V Honors curriculum. Our service learning activities complement a rich variety of experiential learning activites and help students gain confidence with their emerging oral proficiency skills. Students have volunteered their time at a number of local organizations including Miracle Theater/Teatro Milagro, Bienestar, A Child's Place/Un Lugar Para Niños, Portland Voz, KBOO Radio, Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association, Centro Cultural, Schoolita Alegria, Hacienda CDC, The International School and Multnomah County Public Libraries.

2013: Staffing Posada Milagro at the Miracle Theatre

2011-12: This year we have collectively completed more than 300 hours of service to our community. Our projects this year have included:

  • Staffing Posada Milagro at the Miracle Theatre
  • Preparing for and staffing Día de los Niños y de los Libros at Midland Library
  • Volunteering for Día de los Niños in Cornelius, Oregon
  • Volunteering for the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association´s 28th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

2010-11: This year we have collectively completed more than 500 hours of service to our community. Our projects this year have included:

  • Promoting and helping staff Jobs with Justice and Portland Voz Solidarity Salsa Party
  • Promoting Hacienda CDC’s Viva la Comunidad II event
  • Volunteering for Fiestas Patrias along with volunteers from the Mexican Consulate in Portland
  • Promoting and staffing the 4th annual Portland Latin American Film Festival
  • Staffing Posada Milagro at the Miracle Theatre
  • Organizing a Global Viewfinder Film Series screening of Jornaleros for the Catlin Gabel community
  • Organizing two workshops with a total of five guest speakers for our school´s annual Diversity Conference (workshops included Exploring the DREAM Act: Access to Higher Ed. for Undocumented Youth in Oregon¨and Interviews with Distinguished Hispanic Oregonians)
  • Preparing for and staffing Día de los Niños y de los Libros at Midland Library
  • Volunteering for Día de los Niños in Cornelius, Oregon
  • Volunteering for the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association´s 27th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

2009-10: It is with great joy that we report the success and productivity of this last group of interested, caring, and focused students! The spring 2010 Spanish VH Hispanic Presence in Oregon class not only learned a great deal about our local community over the course of the semester but, more importantly, shared with it over 265 volunteer hours through our service-learning program.  To learn more about how this semester’s group moved beyond the traditional borders of the classroom and to see photos of students in the field, please visit http://www.catlin.edu/classroom/upper-school-spanish/spanish-v-honors and read the teacher and student blogs. Please note that several blogs, like mine, are open to the public but the majority are password protected and will require you to log in. 

If you would like to participate in our service learning program or know of an organization with whom we might be able to partner, please let me know.

Gracias,

Lauren Reggero-Toledano

**Click here to read a related Caller article titled, "Understanding Oregon's Hispanic community, hands-on"