Service-Learning: Changing Students' Lives

In 2004 the Spanish Service-Learning Program was created with a grant from the Duke Clinical Research Institute. The focus is to build learning opportunities and connections with the Latino/a community. Over the years we have partnered with more than fifteen different community organizations in Durham and the surrounding area.

The Service-Learning courses taught in Spanish strive to create opportunities wherein students may be enriched by experiences in the community as they advance in their Spanish studies. The course offerings complement the other service-learning courses across campus. As Duke advances its mission to build civic engagement, Romance Studies is well-represented and is touted as a model program within this endeavor.

The Mariposa Book series was created during a three year project in which Duke students interviewed and collected stories from Latino/a elementary school students in Durham, NC. These coloring books may be downloaded and used as bilingual resources for your community. Teachers will find activiites for various grade levels that explore the issues presented in the books.

For more information on community engagement activiites within Community-Based Language Initiatives see: Duke Service-Learning CBLI

For more information on Service-Learning, please contact Joan Clifford

(919) 684-0774

Images Below: Duke Service-Learning students read to elementary students at Club and Watts Elementary Schools in a morning story time hour.

    • Bilingual Storytime at Watts Elementary
    • Photo Credit: Laura Keeley
    • Storytime at Club Elementary
    • Photo Credit: Spanish Service-Learning Program
    • Storytime at Watts Elementary
    • Photo Credit: Laura Keeley
    • Club Elm. Story Time
    • Club Elm. Story Time
    • Club Elm. Story Time
    • Club Elm. Story Time
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