Service learning opportunities

We have connections to many local businesses, schools, universities and sports teams in Seville among other types of institutions, and so are able to arrange community service projects upon request. In spring 2014 Carleton College, MN, came for a faculty led program with us in which they spent 3 weeks setting up and running a sports camp at a local school, Colegio Lora Tamayo. They taught a variety of American sports (hockey, basketball, American football, etc.) to the schoolkids who were aged between 6 and 14 years old.

“The project enables students to go into a Spanish primary school where they interact with Spanish children providing a mutually beneficial learning opportunity.”

Clearly, each of these projects involves an English language component, which is one of the priorities of the Spanish school. In all projects except construction, the activities carried out involve the American students and Spanish children working together, not only benefiting from the activity itself, but also from speaking in English/Spanish and learning about a new culture. For many of these children, it will be the first time they ever meet someone from outside Spain.

The activities that the students carry out at the school are flexible, and can include any of the following:

1) SPORTS CAMP

We have already done this in the past with Carleton College and have had lots of success with this type of activity. Students with an interest in sport are able to plan and carry out sporting activities with children from a local Spanish High School. We have hosted 3 programs for Carleton College which have all involved a Sports Camp.

2) ENGLISH LANGUAGE CAMP

  • Students interested in teaching English as a foreign language are able to assist in english classes.

  • They can come up with activities that will hopefully help the children with their language acquisition.

3) NUTRITION CAMP

Video of program that SAIIE hosted for the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Viterbo University which was led by Dr. Karen Gibson (Professor and Chair of the Department) and Dr. Maria Morgan  (Assistant Professor)

We have already done this in the past with Viterbo University and have had lots of success with this type of activity. Students studying in the area of nutrition can run classes where they share their knowledge with Spanish students that are studying in the Spanish Culinary School of IES Heliopolis. At the end of the project, the American students with the help of the Spanish students can work together to design a healthy menu and do a presentation to children from a Spanish High School.

The American students will also have the chance to interview some Spanish student-athletes on their food habits to afterwards recommend them a healthy diet to follow. 

4) PAINTING OF THE SCHOOL (MURALS)

  • Particularly for students studying or interested in art. Useful where school facilities are really old and run down.

  • This project is extremely creative and will enable the students and children to work together to paint murals on some of the walls both inside and outside the school.

5) CONSTRUCTION CAMP

  • This is the only project that has to be carried out without the help of the Spanish children but it provides a big help the school and the children, and this can be combined with an English language project.

  • Ideal for students studying around the area of construction. For example: students of carpentry.