Hispanic Studies majors and minors, like all Davidson students, follow their hearts regarding their extra-curricular activities, and their interests are diverse.

Post-Davidson Opportunities

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship or Fulbright Research Fellowship

You should begin this process in the Spring/Summer of your Junior Year. Applications are usually due in August of your Senior Year. See Davidson’s Center for Career Development for information.  Recent graduates are also eligible to apply for Fulbright grants.

Watson Fellowship

You should begin this process in the Spring/Summer of your Junior Year. Applications are usually due in August of your Senior Year.  See Davidson’s Center for Career Development for information on the Watson Fellowship.

English Teacher Assistant in Spain’s Public School

You should begin this process in the Fall of your senior year. The application cycle generally opens in January. See Spain’s Ministry of Education site for details, and talk with faculty in Hispanic Studies!

Opportunities for Current Students

Below are a few cultural clubs and activities that appeal to many students in the department.

Spanish Table

Due to COVID-19 La mesa de español is on hold. As soon as we’re able, faculty look forward to joining you for lunch in Vail Commons.

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Organization of Latinx American Students

Many Hispanic Studies students and those from other majors are enthusiastic about their participation in the Organization of Latinx American Students (OLAS). During its more than 20 years of existence, OLAS has sought to promote awareness and appreciation of Hispanic cultures on campus, and its membership is very diverse, with an executive board that represents nearly every ethnicity on campus. With cultural holiday parties, film screenings, and a host of inspiring and thought-provoking lectures about Latin American cultures, causes, and groups, OLAS aims to foster and maintain a spirit of solidarity among students interested in Hispanic cultures, including but not limited to Spanish speaking countries and their descendants.

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Assistant Teachers (AT)

Our ATs are highly regarded by their peers for the work they do. Each AT prepares and teaches two 50-minute sessions per week for paid compensation. The hourly pay rate ranges from $9 to $10.50 per hour depending on experience, and we pay for up to one hour of preparation for every hour you teach. 

We are looking for native speakers, highly proficient non-native speakers, Hispanic Studies majors and minors and students who have been abroad and want to continue using their Spanish. Screening begins in the spring with limited availability in the fall. For more information and/or application instructions, please contact the Hispanic Studies Language Coordinator, Prof. Heather Offerman at heofferman@davidson.edu.

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Spanish in Davidson Elementary School (SiDES)

SiDES is a partnership between Davidson College and Davidson Elementary School (DES), the public elementary school. The program builds upon a long-standing relationship between the two institutions through which college students teach weekly Spanish lessons at the elementary school. Davidson College students have the opportunity to participate as volunteers or for academic credit by enrolling in SPA 311. We have made adjustments due to COVID-19, and we are now offering three ways to get involved: 

  1. Virtual lessons in K-4 with synchronous and asynchronous video participation 
  2. Book Club (Club de Lectura) leaders for students who speak Spanish at home
  3. Conversation partners for 7th grade students in Spanish 1

If you have a passion for teaching, children, or Spanish please join us! For more information, please contact Prof. Kyra Kietrys, or the Equipo SiDES at sides@davidson.edu (McGee Roman ’21, Zoe Bock ’22, Rachael Devecka ’23, Cole Ferarro ’21, Will Miller ’21, Bryan Ortiz ’21, Sophie Wolf ’21).

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Benasque Valley High School Summer Internship

We are collaborating with a former one-year international student, Leroys Valdés Sanabria 2017-18, and Benasque Valley High School in Aragon, Spain to offer a 6-week summer internship opportunity (May/June). Selected candidates will improve their own Spanish skills while helping domestic students improve their English skills. The program also offers a home-stay with a host family from Benasque as well as a complimentary, non-credit course on advanced Spanish that focuses on writing and speaking. Access application information. Questions can be directed to Prof. Kyra Kietrys.

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Santa Elena Alliance

Santa Elena Alliance (SEA) volunteers facilitate cultural and language exchanges through virtual classrooms between Davidson College students and elementary school students in Santa Elena, Colombia. Volunteers have the opportunity to work on the forefront of tech and education in rural development and will gain practical insight into the barriers to digital inclusion and creative approaches to overcome them. All volunteers are trained in best virtual teaching practices and given ongoing professional development support from our team of teachers and engineers. This program was founded and is directed by Emilee Lord ’19 (History and Hispanic Studies), a 2019-2020 Fulbright ETA in Colombia, in response to COVID-19.

For more details about the position and to apply, please visit the Santa Elena Alliance website.

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Davidson Camino Community Center Group

Camino Community Center is an organization located in the University area that serves people in need from the greater Charlotte region. It operates a health clinic, food pantry, soup kitchen, thrift store, and English/Spanish translation services. The Davidson CCC Group launched in the Fall of 2013. Davidson students can serve as volunteers for the largely Hispanic community. If you are interested, please contact Prof. Lola Santamaría and visit the CCC website to see how they are responding to COVID-19.  

Please keep in mind that you cannot participate in face-to-face volunteer opportunities while the COVID-19 restrictions are in place on campus.

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Cornelius Elementary English-As-A-Second-Language (ESL) Tutoring Group 

Cornelius Elementary School's English language specialist has partnered with Davidson College students for several years to provide after-school ESL tutoring to kindergarten children. We seek committed Davidson students interested in learning about and contributing to the development of literacy in language minority children. Davidson tutors will reinforce kindergarteners' emerging English language and literacy skills two days per week (times and learning mode to be determined). Tutoring usually begins in January after tutors have obtained a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools background check and completed pre-service training. Any tutors planning to enroll in EDU 360--Seminar in Second Language Acquisition in spring 2021 will be able to fulfill the course's fieldwork requirement through this program. To apply, please contact Professor Rebeca Fernandez at refernandez@davidson.edu. You may also contact the 2020-21 student leaders, Ricky Granger ’21 at rigranger@davidson.edu and Lexie Shreeve ’21 at leshreeve@davidson.edu.

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The International House

The International House looks for bilingual, passionate volunteers and interns such as you to help Charlotte welcome the world. Possibilities include interning with the immigration legal clinic and helping immigrants apply for citizenship at our fall Naturalization Workshop. For more details contact International House's Volunteer and Event Coordinator, Samantha Williams at swilliams@ihclt.org. Also, check out Davidson’s Center for Civic Engagement for internship opportunities with IHCLT. Your language skills and your presence will make an important impact in someone else's life!

Please note: our partnership with IHCLT will resume when campus COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

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