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. 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 help with interpreting, fluent in Spanish preferably. 

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


Marvin B. Smith Elementary School

223Delaney 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. They have classes from kindergarten to 5th grade, they 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.



LUPE is a non-profit organization supporting the Latino community. LUPE is a platform to strengthen and encourage the community integration through the conferences, courses, lectures, art or reading workshops and discussion groups proposed by the members of the community themselves. They promote individual and community fairness focused in Alamance County, NC. 

ESL: A person is already in charge of teaching the ESL classes but they need students helping with these classes on Thursdays from 7pm to 8pm. Downtown Burlington.


H.O.PE. Clinic. School of Health Science

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 6pm TO 8pm 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.



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

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