International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is offering students from around the world an opportunity to volunteer abroad while gaining course credits for their educational institution through the Spanish Service Learning Course (SPAN203SL). The course is available to IVHQ volunteers in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru - Cusco. The purpose of the Spanish Service Learning Course is to foster a sense of civic responsibility and community, to expose students to local culture and language, and to create an opportunity for students to broaden their global perspective and identity.
Students are placed in volunteer projects within the local community where they assist with the everyday work of the project and play a role in contributing to achieving its long-term goals. Outside of volunteer work hours, students reflect on the experience and examine the local culture and society, reflecting on their home culture and society, themselves, and the role of service learning. Guided reflection takes place through Reflection Workshops utilizing a combination of observation, writing, reading, and group discussions.
Through the Spanish Service Learning Course, volunteers who are seeking to fulfil their language course requirements can volunteer abroad affordably, learn a new language, add volunteer experience on their resume, as well as gain university credit.
What are the requirements to join the course?
The Spanish Service Learning Course is accredited by California State University, Monterey Bay and no matter what university you are enrolled with (as long as your university accept credits from this university), you are eligible to join the course. Volunteers can join the Spanish Service Learning Course any time of year, however the course syllabus requires that volunteers commit to a minimum of 4 full weeks on an IVHQ volunteer program - attendance for the whole duration is mandatory. Volunteers can decide on their chosen program from one of three locations: Costa Rica, Guatemala or Peru - Cusco.
How do I sign up for the course?
To volunteer aboard while earning course credit, your first step is to apply online and select your volunteer program location, as well as the volunteer project of choice from a range of options, including: Teaching English, Childcare, Construction and Renovation, Medical/Healthcare, Special Needs Care and Animal Care. After being accepted to volunteer on the program of your choice, you will need to register (by paying the Registration Fee) to secure your place on the program and arrange the course accreditation with your Program Manager and the local staff in country.
What is included in the course?
During the journey of the course, students attend 5 guided reflections (your attendance counts for 50% of your grade), write a daily journal (counts for 25% of your grade) and then complete your final reflection paper (counts for the final 25% of your grade). Students can also take advantage of the optional discounted language classes offered by IVHQ’s partner organization in these countries. The Spanish Service Learning Course and optional language lessons are offered in conjunction with the volunteer work and can all be included in your daily schedule as an IVHQ volunteer. The workshops and written assignments are conducted in English, however the remainder of the course and the entire volunteer experience offer total Spanish immersion.
What are the costs involved?
The cost for the Spanish Service Learning Course is US$880 which is to be paid directly to IVHQ’s in-country staff. This covers all aspects of the course and accreditation however this does not include your volunteer program. This course fee is additional to the IVHQ Registration Fee and the Program Fee which are paid to cover the volunteer section of the course requirements.