My vacation in Bogotá Colombia is one of the finest I’ve had in many years because of the volunteer program offered to students while studying Spanish here at Nueva Lengua Escuela de español Universidad de la Sabana.
I volunteered in a Charity called La Granja. The program gave me the opportunity to work with two groups of children. The first group range in age from 2 to 4 years old. The second group are girls ranging in age from 14 to 17 years old.
Even though my ability to communicate effectively in Spanish was limited, the management and Staff of the farm have been extremely helpful and considerate. They know I want to be of help so they have been more than willing to help me accomplish that.
I have enjoyed helping the smaller children play games, work puzzles and use the playground equipment.
The older girls are indeed young ladies so I treat them as such, consequently we have a great time using both English, which they are studying and the Spanish I am learning at the University.
They are very enthusiastic about learning English, so during the time I accompany the girls when they feed the rabbits, plant vegetables and various fruit products I help them with their English which they seem to appreciate.
We all laugh a lot as we struggle to communicate with each other about our lives and dreams for the future.
There is much more I could say about how much I’ve enjoyed the Spanish course at the University and the volunteer program.
Dr. John Jackson