El Centro

Volunteer in the community

El Centro provides you with many opportunities to become a volunteer in the community, all while practicing your Spanish skills.

The Village Project

It is a program that uses a collaborative approach to help children in the community who are struggling to read. Children and Elon students who are majoring in Education are paired together for weekly tutoring sessions at May Memorial Library in downtown Burlington. While in an environment rich with available resources, the preservice teachers assess the individual reading challenges of the children and show their parents different techniques they can use at home to help improve reading skills.

Students who come to El Centro can get involved through these programs:

The Village Reading Project: One-on-one instruction for struggling readers (K-8) and parental support in a non-threatening setting.Wednesdays, 5.30 - 7.30pm. The Burlington School. (408 West Davis St). You don't need to be fluent in Spanish. You can tutor a non-Spanish speaker kid. TRANSPORTATION IS PROVIDED! 

The Little Village: Addresses early childhood emergency literacy for children who are ages 3 to 5. Tuesdays, 5.30 - 7.00pm. Building downtown Burlington. They need at least one person for interpreting, fluent in Spanish preferably. 

Village Outreach: Adult education ESL/Spanish Language class for parents of our students. 

H.O.PE. Clinic

They need volunteers for helping with interpreting, phone calls, translating documents, flyers, etc. The students don't need to know specific medical terms, but we recommend a high level of Spanish. 
The clinic is open TUESDAYS FROM 6.00 TO 8.00PM and is located in the School of Health Science at Francis Center.

Their Mission Statement is: "To improve the health and well being of the under served populations in Alamance County, NC and surrounding areas by providing quality physical therapy treatment and fostering student community service and clinical experience."
What they treat: Low back pain, Neck pain, Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand pain,Hip, knee, ankle and foot pain, Arthritis, Tendonitis, Sports-related injuries, Muscle, tendon and ligament strains, Strains and sprains, Post-surgical rehabilitation, Neurological health conditions, etc.

Marvin B. Smith Elementary School

2235 Delaney Drive, Burlington, NC 27215. There's no transportation provided. 

* The school day is from 7:40 am to 2:20 pm. Volunteers can tell the time they can come and they'll accommodate you with the teacher available at the time/day of your preference.
*An intermediate and up level will work. We have classes from kindergarten to 5th grade, we will assign the higher Spanish level to the upper grades.
*Activities will vary from class to class, the idea is to help especially struggling students. For example if we are working on math and one child is struggling, the volunteer can seat next to him and help him individually. Small math groups might also happen.

Besides the work with these students, they can also be assigned a small group of children to read leveled books; reading will be from syllables in kindergarten to comprehension and inferences in upper levels. Other activities, like games, writing or completing unfinished work might take place as well.

This is a great opportunity to practice and improve your Spanish while helping the community. 

For further information about volunteering opportunities in the area, come by El Centro (Carlton 114) or give us a call at 6518.