UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO-BOULDER, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, FALL 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 (SL) have considered participation in the program to be a positive and rewarding experience.

Students who participate in 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 SL Program. These will be distributed during the SL information session 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 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 at:




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 program supervisor and turn it in to their CU Spanish instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to give their evaluation to their 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!


Thursday, September 7th, 12:15 – 1:00 pm. 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 High School Homework Help • Boulder High School English Language Development /Newcomer Program • 1604 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder CO 80302. Contact:
The Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center (CTRC)  Change the lives of people with disabilities by promoting a horse-human bond through equine assisted activities. Contact: Kristin Knudson 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 .
University Hill Elementary, Family Resource Schools (FRS), 956 16th St Boulder CO 80302. After School program with focus on education, arts, and culture. Contact: Sharone Calles Family Outreach Coordinator at 720.467.0421
Work in a Kindergarten classroom, 8:15-9:15am, 1-2pm. Contact:
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.
MESA - Moving to End Sexual Assault • Learn to be a volunteer counselor. Call 720-406-3641 or e-mail:  for an application. SPAN 3000 and above only.
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) 1:00-4pm Contact: or  
Reading Buddies at University Hill Elementary Help kids discover the joy of reading. Read books, play literacy games and create a short story. Partner with a little buddy each week. Contact: 303- 413 – 7824 or
SWAP • Teach ESL classes to CU employees; Lessons take place on campus where the employee works. Contact: 
Whittier International Elementary. • 2006 Pine St., Boulder, CO 80302.  303-442-2282. Work with Spanish speaking students. Contact: