Students in Trinity’s Semester in Spain program will have a new way to volunteer while studying abroad because of a recent partnership with the Red Cross in Seville.
The new partnership will allow students to sign up to help with a digital accompaniment class, where they will be teaching underprivileged and elderly Spaniards how to use technology such as cell phones and computers.
“This service is a perfect fit for our American students who are very comfortable with computers and smartphones, and that expertise will help overcome the nerves of doing this service in Spanish,” said Leslie Routman, Semester in Spain’s director.
“This is a great opportunity for students to form relationships with a segment of society they otherwise might not come into contact with and to give back to the local community.”
The volunteering will be an option for the program’s service-learning class next fall, where students choose a site to volunteer at the beginning of the semester and work there on a weekly basis.
This semester, there are 42 students studying in the program including eight from Trinity.