About Us / Quiénes somos


Spanish for Community is a group of students (undergraduates with different levels of Spanish) coordinated by instructors, graduates, and collaborators engaged in linguistic-based projects for the Hispanic Community in Metro Vancouver and abroad. Through partnerships with community organizations and agencies, we work together to enrich and improve cultural understanding and integration for families and individuals whose first language is Spanish.

By participating in these community projects, we have the opportunity to interact and learn from our partners and clients, expand our linguistic skills working hands on in meaningful and relevant contexts.
Our initiative integrates experiential components into a pedagogical approach. The model also considers sustainability by being sustainably conscious. From our classrooms, students work locally for the benefit of the communities here and abroad.

In the wider scope of university’s mandate, these Community Service Projects are based in the UBC Community Learning Initiative’s definition that includes the following three key elements: classroom learning; volunteer work that responds to community-identified priorities; and structured reflection activities that challenge students to make connections between what they are studying and their experiences in the community.
The projects involve two-way direct interaction and co-teaching with clients and agencies that visit our classes giving between 2 to 4 hours of instruction to our students per project.
The French, Hispanic and Italian Studies Department and the CBEL office support and help with logistics and funds.


Español para la Comunidad (Spanish for Community) es una iniciativa del Departamento de Francés, Español e Italiano (FHIS) en la que estudiantes e instructores participan en proyectos de Aprendizaje Servicio lingüísticos y culturales en colaboración con agencias locales que trabajan con la comunidad hispana.

Esta iniciativa se basa en los valores del Aprendizaje Servicio que es una perspectiva pedagógica en la cual los estudiantes, a la vez que perfeccionan la lengua española a través de la experiencia directa con hablantes nativos y con materiales auténticos, tienen la oportunidad de usar sus habilidades para colaborar con el bienestar de la comunidad a la que sirven.

Las agencias que participan en estos convenios ofrecen además la experiencia de aprender sobre el trabajo que realizan y los problemas y necesidades reales de la comunidad a través de la interacción directa de los estudiantes con miembros de las organizaciones y sus clientes.

Our partners

South Granville Senior Center, Vancouver (2016-2017)
REACH Multicultural Health Center, Vancouver (2015-2016)
Best Birth Clinic, Vancouver (2015-2016)
Kinbrace Community Society, Vancouver (2014-2015)
CoDevelpment Canada (2014)
FOMCA (Federation of Central American Teachers’ Organizations) (2013-2014)
BC CASA (2012-2013)
CCDA (Comité Campesino del Altiplano, Guatemala) (2012-2013)
Little Mountain Neighborhood House, Vancouver (2011-2013)

Our team

Dr. Maria Carbonetti (FHIS) Coordinator and project designer
Sylvia Vallarino, MA (FHIS) 2011-2016
Dr. Kim Beauchesne (FHIS), 2012-2015

Educational Technology:
Joël Chauvin (FHIS)

Community Liaisons:
Dr. Carolina Navarrete (UBC Liu Institute) 2015-2017
Carmen Barrios, PhD (ABD) (FHIS) 2010-2014



Project Designer and Coordinator: Dr. Maria Carbonetti
Website Coordinator and designer: Joël Chauvin
Website Designers: Jennifer Nagtegall (MA Student in Hispanic Studies) in collaboration with Olga Albarran (PhD Student in Hispanic Studies)

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