Community Involvement

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program works extensively with the Winston-Salem Latino community. Academic and cultural events sponsored by the Program are generally free and open to public. Members of the community are invited to attend and participate. Additionally, the Program works closely with various student and local organizations to prove opportunities for students to interact with, learn from and help local Latinos.

Aprender y Ensenar

Aprender y Ensenar

Aprender y Ensenar (“Learn and Teach”), a student-led service group started in 2003, partners with twenty local organizations to coordinate volunteer opportunities for students interested in working with the local Latino community. The organization evaluates students prior to matching them with one of their many affiliates. Students are matched depending on where their skills are most needed. By volunteering in the local community and, thus, by interacting with local Latinos, students are able to improve their Spanish-speaking abilities.  Spanish, however, is not required to volunteer. Students of all majors, backgrounds and Spanish levels are encouraged to participate in the opportunities offered through Aprender y Ensenar. The group operates under the umbrella of Wake Forest’s Volunteer Service Corps, or VSC, a student run organization dedicated to furthering the University’s motto of “Pro Humanitate.”

Organization of Latin American Students

Additionally, the Organization of Latin American Students, or OLAS, works closely with El Buen Pastor to coordinate regular volunteer opportunities for its members. El Buen Pastor is a local community service group dedicated to providing Latino families with hope for a positive future and to building bridges between the Latino community and the greater community. El Buen Pastor facilitates cross-cultural relationships that bring new understandings and benefits to all involved.

For more information on El Buen Pastor or other volunteer opportunities with the Organization of Latin American Students, contact OLAS Philanthropy Chair Martha Medina.