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 UBC Center for Community Engaged Learning support and help with logistics and funds.


Our initiative and UBC’s mission

Our vision is aligned with UBC’s commitment to society where students, faculty and staff engage with the community to enhance social and cultural well-being while creating knowledge, research and innovation.

Spanish for Community is an initiative that promotes cultural understanding and intercultural communication and education.

Who are our sponsors?

Spanish for community receives the support of the Centre for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL), the Community Based Experiential Learning  Office (CBEL), and the Department of French, Spanish, and Italian (FHIS), UBC.

If you like to find out more about us, please see our projects page and current current projects page



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  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
REACH Multicultural Health Center, Vancouver
Best Birth Clinic, Vancouver
Kinbrace Community Society, Vancouver

Little Mountain Neighborhood House, Vancouver

Corpus Christi College, UBC Campus

CoDevelpment Canada
FOMCA (Federation of Central American Teachers’ Organizations)
CCDA (Comité Campesino del Altiplano, Guatemala)

Our team

Dr. Maria Carbonetti (FHIS) Director and project designer

Dr. Maria Adelaida Escobar Trujillo (FHIS), Community Liaison (2018-19)

Iris Escuer Riera, MA (FHIS) 2018, Instructor Spanish 207

Dra. Carolina Navarrete, Community Liaisson (2015-2018)





Project Designer and Director: Dr. Maria Carbonetti

Website Designers: Joël Chauvin, Jennifer Nagtegall (MA Student in Hispanic Studies) in collaboration with Olga Albarran (PhD Student in Hispanic Studies)