The Spanish House
Our Spanish House is a wonderful opportunity for you to live together with a group of people who love Spanish just like you do. Each year, we have a Spanish House Assistant who comes from Spain or Latin America for the sole purpose of sharing his or her culture with you, and helping you to improve your Spanish. Weekly "tertulias," or Spanish conversation hours, and a commitment to make Spanish the only language spoken in the House will surely put you well on your way to becoming culturally and linguistically proficient.
Students of Spanish at McDaniel often get involved with the Hispano-Latino Alliance, an organization for Latino and non-Latino students who wish to deepen their appreciation for Latino culture. Weekly meetings, lectures, the Taste of Latin America Dinner, and advocacy work on campus and on Capitol Hill keep this group very busy. Please contact Dr. McNichols, their advisor, for more information.
Palabras to Words
Started with a Griswold-Zepp Award in 2004, Palabras to Words is volunteer organization started by students several years ago who wanted to connect more with the community by offering free, weekly, one-on-one English language classes. Dr. McNichols advises this organization and can direct you to the officers if you'd like to join them. Learn more about helping at the Community Center and with kids from Spanish-speaking families at the Center for Experience & Opportunity!
Dr. Deveny has taken students to Spain on a Jan Term studying Andalucía. Dr. McNichols, together with Professor Spence in English, has taken students to Guatemala with Habitat for Humanity, and they are planning an experiential learning trip to Mexico for Jan Term 2012. You don't need to be a student of Spanish to take these trips, but they're a great way to put it to use if you are!
Additional Opportunities and Activities
We also take field trips to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. every semester to see flamenco, plays, and concerts, visit special museum exhibitions, or enjoy authentic cuisine. Usually they are linked to our upper-division courses, but sometimes they are open to all, so listen for announcements in your classes.