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WC-Latino Community Volunteer Program

Interested in community volunteering?

Looking for a “real-life” outlet to practice your Spanish language skills?

Curious as to how local organizations work with Hispanic families and individuals?

Join the WC-Latino Community Volunteer Program!


This program provides students studying any level of Spanish with integrative experiential opportunities specific to his/her academic interests and language level in a local community organization.


Three placement options are available:

Kent County Judy Center:

WC students will be partnered to work with Judy Center participants in the areas of bilingual service coordination and provision and early childhood education programming to target Latino families and students who may be in need of community or academic support. While all levels of proficiency are welcome, students hoping to achieve an authentic linguistic and cultural exchange experience right here in our local community are encouraged to apply. The Judy Center is open Monday-Friday, and is located at Garnett Elementary School, located easily within walking distance from campus.

(open to students studying Spanish of any proficiency level)

Family Support of Queen Anne’s County:

WC students will shadow community service and outreach professionals to observe how important services to non-English speaking or limited English speaking Latino community members and families are provided. Students will be exposed to translating, interpreting, home visits, etc., and on occasion may participate with supervisor permission. Students hoping to achieve an authentic linguistic and cultural exchange experience right here in our local community are encouraged to apply.

Please note that a means of transportation is required as Family Support is located in Sudlersville, about 15 miles outside of Chestertown.

(open only to students studying Spanish and/or Spanish speakers of any proficiency beyond the 200 level)

Chester River Hospital Center (CRHC):

WC students will be assigned to shadow the medical staff and personnel who provide services and care to the Latino demographic in the Triage and Emergency Departments of the Chester River Hospital Center, located directly across from Washington College’s campus. Students looking to be exposed to a realistic linguistic and medicinal environment to garner important insight into how bilingual care is provided are encouraged to apply.

A second option with the CRHC Pediatric Dentistry Program will be available to students with an advanced proficiency. Please inquire directly in order to find out more information. 

(open only to students studying Pre-Med, Nursing, Dentistry, etc. and Spanish of any proficiency level)

Deadlines and Documents:

Students interested in volunteering… 

Must submit a completed application and all corresponding materials no later than Nov. 15th  during the fall semester, and April 15th during the spring semester. Please submit application to Professor Kaitlin Thomas in the Modern Languages Department.

Program application is available below, and additional materials are available upon request by contacting Professor Thomas via email (kthomas2@washcoll.edu) or in person (Daly216A).

Student Application

Learning Agreement

Students must have a current minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for consideration.