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Benjamin Hylen

My little partner and I built a snow fort on the Old Main hill and then got hot chocolate and cookies from the caf.

Gave 1.00 hour on 12/15/2018 with Community-Based Service and Learning, Gustavus Adolphus College, Service Programs
Rylie Gregg-Wefel

Final Reflection: This experience of participating in language buddies has affected me positively, I really enjoyed helping the kids with their homework. I wouldn't necessarily say that I look at my own culture differently just because I knew what I was signing up for and what it was going to be like. There was one time when I was helping a child with their homework and the child knew very limited English and I guess I just assumed that at that age they would know a decent understanding of English, so that opened my eyes a bit about things.

Gave 1.00 hour on 12/13/2018 with Gustavus Adolphus College, Language Buddies
Ashley Beckman
Elizabeth Bueno

This volunteer meeting was a little different then usual. We mainly talked in English because the coordinator wanted to ask us how we were going to use our Spanish in the future and why we decided to take Spanish classes in college. As we went around the other volunteers, I learned that Siri wanted to use her Spanish to be a translator in addition to her nursing. Maci wasn't as sure as how she would use her Spanish in the science field but hoped to keep learning it and Salvador wants to be involved political in his home town where the majority of people speak Spanish so that he could help them. As for myself I said that I want to become a politician that can not only speak for the Latino population in a state or national but also advocate and unite the Latino and White community to minimize cultural differences and prejudices. The coordinator was very happy to hear our plans and encouraged us to stay committed to learning and speaking Spanish and spoke for the adults in the class saying that they also appreciate our efforts of giving back to the community.

Gave 2.00 hours on 12/13/2018 with Community-Based Service and Learning, Gustavus Adolphus College, Language Buddies
Katelyn Weide
Austin Fest

As a result of my experience in Language Buddies I have learned a lot about my own culture as well as other cultures. For example, to motivate the students one day to learn English, Mr. Bollum pulled out some of his notes from when he was in Japan and trying to learn Japanese. He spoke about some of the major culture shocks he faced and related it to their experiences here in the United States. In terms of my own culture, I learned how hard it can be to learn English, with all the different sounds, and how the same letters can make multiple sounds. Additionally, I found out how important family is in the Somalian culture. A few of the Somalian students explained to me how they come from very large families and how that has impacted their transition to learning English--as it has created a struggle for their siblings to bond over.
One instance that made me slightly skeptical of my own culture was when a new student, Cristina, moved into the school district not knowing any English. She goes through classes not knowing what anyone is saying, which is a struggle I can't even begin to fathom. Furthermore, it made me realize how few of specialty programs exist in our education systems to help make the transition for people like Cristina easier. Sure, she has this language buddies program, but a little over an hour each day isn't enough to help her truly learn the Language. Additionally, she speaks little Spanish, which made it exceptionally hard for anyone to communicate with her.
However, I really enjoyed my experience in the Language Buddies program and I would be more than willing to continue helping the program evolve.

Made an impact on 12/13/2018 with Gustavus Adolphus College
GivePulse profile picture of Mayra Taylor Mayra Taylor  1 month ago
Has tocado unos temas MUY importantes. Estos chicos tienen una labor monumental, los mismo que Mr. Bollum.
Benjamin Hylen

My little partner and I built a snow fort on the Old Main hill and then got hot chocolate and cookies from the caf.

Gave 1.00 hour on 12/13/2018 with Community-Based Service and Learning, Gustavus Adolphus College, Service Programs
Benjamin Hylen
Benjamin Hylen

My little partner Eric and I built a snow fort on Old Main hill and got hot chocolate after to warm up.

Gave 1.00 hour on 12/13/2018 with Community-Based Service and Learning, Gustavus Adolphus College, Service Programs
Angie Ramirez

Today I had the opportunity to help Ms. Depuydt in a different way. I had the opportunity to engage with all the students during my two and a half hours there. Ms. Depuydt gave me the opportunity to lead small craft stations and help students catch up with all their Christmas crafts. I enjoyed the small one on one time with the students. Towards the end of my time there, Ms. Depuydt wanted me to work with a student who was behind in his classwork. I was able to help him get all caught up and he was allowed to join the class in games afterwards. I enjoyed volunteering in Ms. Depuydt's kindergarten class this semester and am absolutely thrilled that I was asked to help again next semester!

Gave 2.50 hours on 12/13/2018 with Community-Based Service and Learning, Gustavus Adolphus College, Spring18-SPA-330 Spanish Beyond Translation