UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO-BOULDER, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Spring 2023

SPAN 1010, 1020, 1150, 2110, 2120, 2150, 3000 and above

The Service Learning program is a volunteer program that offers students the opportunity to learn about Hispanic cultures and to use and improve the language skills acquired in classroom settings in real life settings.  At the same time, this program provides our community partner schools and agencies with dedicated volunteers who help with school activities and provide academic tutoring.  Students who have volunteered through Service Learning have considered participation in the program to be a positive and rewarding experience.

Students who participate in the Service Learning program (SL) will engage in 20 hours of volunteer work during the semester (usually 2 hours of service per week for 10 weeks). Volunteer duties vary from homework help, tutoring in reading, writing, computers, math, arts, and music, to organization of field trips, games, sports and recreation. All participants must sign a contract with the Service Learning Program. These will be distributed during the SL orientation or may be obtained at SL board across from the Rose Room, McKenna 103. Students must sign up within the first month of classes to participate in the SL program.


SPAN 1010/1020/1150

Participation in the Service Learning program will substitute for one-half of the participation grade with the expectation of 20 hours of volunteer service.


SPAN 2110/2120/2150

Participation in the Service Learning program will substitute for one-half of the participation grade with the expectation of 20 hours of volunteer service.


SPAN 3000

Span 3000 students may substitute participation in the Service Learning program for 3 quiz scores with the expectation of 20 hours of service.


SPAN 3000 and above

Please contact your instructor early in the semester as many courses offer a Service Learning opportunity.

For further information about the program, please contact:
Karen Gaston Malcolm




Students will be evaluated based upon: 1) fulfillment of service hours and 2) completion of an interview with the instructor or a brief class presentation. Near the end of the semester students must pick up a Student Performance Evaluation form from their supervisor and turn it in to their CU Spanish instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to give their evaluation to the instructor in order to receive credit for participation in the program. Students will also be expected to complete a brief evaluation of their own Service Learning program experience. Please note that all students must be passing the class with a C- or better in order to receive credit for Service Learning participation.


There is one (1) information session where you can learn more about the different Service Learning programs with the sponsors from the schools and organizations. The programs will take contact info from students during this session to help facilitate placement. Please attend this session to find the program that best suits you!


Friday, February 3rd, 10:10 – 10:55 am. McKenna Languages Building, Room 103

If you are unable to attend the information session, you may learn more about our community partners at our website ( or at the informational bulletin board across from McKenna 103. Once you decide where to volunteer, it is your responsibility to contact the program, arrange to interview and begin to volunteer. Fill out the Ethics and Commitments form and turn in to your instructor, which will notify them of your plan to participate in Service Learning. Students must be signed up by the end of September to participate.



Audio Information Network of Colorado. Come practice your Spanish oral skills, 4th semester and up. Contact Kat Bradbury;, fill out application at; 1700 55th street suite A, Boulder, Colorado 80301; (303) 786-7777x103.


Boulder Assets University Hill Elementary • 956 16th Street, Boulder, CO. CU student run organization that works with volunteers at Uni Hill.

Boulder High School Homework Help Boulder High School English Language Development • 1604 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder CO 80302. Contact: or

Boulder Valley Family Literacy • 6500 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80301. 720-561-5826. Work with Spanish speaking children or adults at Columbine, Emerald, Pioneer, UniHill Elementary and Casey Middle schools.  Contact:

The Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center (CTRC)  Change the lives of people with disabilities by promoting a horse-human bond through equine assisted activities. Experience the power of the horse-human bond. Volunteer with us! Contact Aslin Kreitz at or call 303 652 9131, ext 105. 

Family Learning Center • 3164 34th Street, Boulder, CO 80301. 303-442-8979. Work with K- 12 students Attn. Jamathan Lyle 720-352-2126.  Fill out the application at .

Immigrant Legal Center of Boulder County • 948 North Street, Ste. 8, Boulder, CO 80302. 303-444-1667. M-F 9 am -12 noon. SPAN 3000 and above only.

MESA - Moving to End Sexual Assault • Learn to be a volunteer counselor. Call 720-406-3641 or e-mail:  for an application.
New Horizons Cooperative Preschool • 1825 Upland Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304. 303-442-7434. Any morning between 8:30 - 11:45, and any afternoon ( except Monday) 1:00-4Contact: or  

Reading Buddies at University Hill Elementary 

Help kids discover the joy of reading. Read books, play literacy games and create a short story.  It's great fun! Contact:

SWAP • Teach ESL classes to CU employees; Lessons take place on campus (or Williams Village) where the employee works. Contact: 

Ethics and Commitments

Service Learning Evaluation