My expectations for my service-learning component have changed quite a bit since I began this semester. I expected to help in a classroom setting with reading and writing during class. However, instead I help students after school with homework. I don't feel as though I am receiving as much as I am giving. This is only because I have not been able to assist students after school due to lack of students staying after school. I have been willing to attend all of the times I have been assigned, but have been unable to help any students. Hopefully, soon I will be able to help students with homework. I feel as though I would be very helpful to them because of the classes I have taken. I try very hard to help people understand why the answers are the way they are instead of just giving them the answers. I also think it would benefit me in working with younger students.
I went to St. Peter High School after school ended in order to help with homework. I waited in the common area for students to come and go as they please, however, no students decided to stay after school that day. I was unable to assist students with their homework but hope to do so soon.
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.