Pre Service Impact #1
I am really looking forward to this experience in helping out the Spanish speaking community in St. Peter. I have had the opportunity to use my Spanish outside the classroom, but I always get too nervous to speak up. I am excited to be pushed and to be able to put my little bit of Spanish knowledge to use. I expect to learn a lot about what it is like to not have your first language be english and some of the challenges that come with that.
Some of the things I can offer to the Hispanic/immigrant community are patience, acceptance and obviously my ability to speak a little bit of Spanish and fluent English. I hope to be put with younger children because that is what I am used to as I have four younger brothers and am used to the chaos. I can also offer my time. I have the time to give each week and I hope that will be helpful on its own.
Some of the benefits I can receive through this opportunity are a deeper understanding of the spanish speaking community in St. Peter and their culture. I will also improve my own spanish speaking skills by practicing with fluent speakers more regularly. I will also gain intercultural competence. To me intercultural competence is the understanding and acceptance of other cultures. It means not living in a way where your culture is the best/most important.
I come from a very small town that is not very diverse, but working in retail I do experience people whose first language is not English. I have never been able to work up the courage to help them in Spanish, but this opportunity will force me to. Now when I go home I will know I am able to speak up.
What are your expectations regarding the service-learning component for this class?
I like working with kids so I am not too worried about the service portion of my Spanish 102 class as it will deal with children through the Language Buddies program. I had originally thought that we could only teach Spanish to the children and that made me nervous, but I have since learned that we can really do whatever subject we want. The flexibility in subject, as well as the choice of age group, makes me feel a lot more comfortable going into this service component of my class. I think that the 10 or so hours that I spend in the classroom with Language Buddies will be a good time.
What (skills, talents, service) can you offer the Hispanic / immigrant community of St. Peter this semester?
I am a patient person who interacts well with children so I think those two skills will serve me well in this opportunity. I have confidence that I will make this a meaningful experience for both myself and the kids involved as a result of the skills I possess.
Name 2-3 concrete benefits you could receive through the community component in this course.
Knowing that you have helped people and made a difference in your community is a benefit in and of itself. Additionally, working with kids is nice because sometimes you can just be a kid right with them and kind of unwind while you do the work. I think that the kids I work will have received some sort of benefit because of my help and I will, in turn, feel good about my actions that helped them.
What does intercultural competence mean? Use your own definition and then, offer an example of it through personal or academic experience.
Intercultural competence does not just mean knowing the holidays of another culture, country, or religion, but possessing a more deep understanding of the culture as a whole. An understanding which does not make it better or worse from one’s own culture, just different. And an understanding which allows you to effectively and respectfully interact with those within that differing culture.
My expectations for this service-learning component of this class are to gain new experiences. I also expect to learn and help others learn in a new way. Some skills I have to offer the Hispanic/immigrant community are compassion and caring. I do not judge anyone in the Hispanic/immigrant community. I am very accepting of everyone, which is very important to people moving to a foreign place. One benefit I could gain from this experience is learning about different cultures and how they learn. Another benefit I could gain from the community component is meeting new people. I believe no matter where you go, there is always a benefit in meeting new people.Intercultural competence is the skills people posses to help effectively interact and communicate with people from other cultures. I experienced this when I went to school in Texas. There is a much more diverse population down south, which allowed me to experience this much more often. I am a Hispanic woman and whenever I encountered someone from a different culture, I did not assume anything or make them feel unwelcome. I met a girl in my chemistry class and we had many conversations about our different cultures to help the other learn more about the other's.