Work Abroad and Volunteer during and after Carleton
TEACHING INTERNSHIPS ABROAD
The Ministry of Education of Spain announces over 2,000 openings every year for U.S. and Canadian Language & Culture Assistants ("CULTURAL AMBASSADORS") in Spain. The positions are offered in the K-12 public school system.
Most participants are recent college graduates or have completed two college academic years. The Teaching Assistant will spend the school year in Spain and will receive a minimum 700 Euros monthly stipend together with health insurance and teacher training.
If you are interested in working in a very culturally stimulating southern part of Spain, Andalucía, CIEE might be the program for you. The program offers the opportunity to work with a Language and Culture Assistant program in public, bilingual schools. Under the guidance and supervision of classroom teachers, participants would work 12 hours a week and have the opportunity to teach students English, while absorbing the rich Spanish culture. There are different levels at which to teach, varying from children to adults, and the participant´s main job would be to stimulate an interest in the English language. Also, a compensation of 700 euros monthly would be given to participants.
CANTERBURY-TEFL Teaching Program (Madrid)
If you wish to teach English in Madrid, the Canterbury-TEFL Program might be right for you. Upon completion of the Course, participants are guaranteed a teaching job for the academic year, with 40 paid practice teaching hours, 20 practice hours teaching English business, and 20 practice hours of teaching children. Participants will also receive an internationally recognized certificate.
Fullbright (The Foreign Language Teaching Assistant)
The Fulbright FLTA Program is designed to develop Americans' knowledge of foreign languages by supporting teaching assistantships in over 30 languages at hundreds of U.S. institutions of higher education.
If you have questions about this experience, you can contact the following graduated students from Carleton who were awarded a Fullbright:
"What can I say about my Fulbright English Teaching experience in Bahía Blanca, Argentina five months in? Far too much. To put it as briefly as possible, I'm 23 years old, I'm living thousands of miles away from home, and by now I proudly say that my life is neither amazing nor terrible, it's comfortable. And that's the best I could hope for. Fulbright is most valuable in the sense that it allows you to make a home for yourself in an unfamiliar world. Many people have the chance to travel to distant places, but rarely for longer than a couple of weeks. I've seen llamas, waterfalls, eaten the best steak of my life, met incredible people, but I'm most proud of the daily routine: passing by the corner store and chatting with the owner or running late for work but still stopping at the local bakery for an ill-deserved breakfast. Inside the classroom, I've learned that standing in front of twenty students is only terrifying for the first couple of weeks. I'm continually impressed by how easily my students open up, and some of my most effective teaching experiences were conversation-based, with discussions raging from online dating to Osama bin Laden. Life here is sometimes wonderful, frequently frustrating, but most importantly, it now feels normal. That, perhaps is the most valuable, and remarkable gift that a Fulbright grant experience can provide." (Alex Gibson '09)
1- Chile Pat Sur Year: WorldTeach volunteers in the Chile Patagonia Sur program teach English and lead environmental education programs in two small communities. In partnership with the Patagonia Sur Foundation, WorldTeach recruits two volunteers with a background in environmental and conservation education each year for these positions.
2- Chile Ministry Year: WorldTeach volunteers in the Chile Ministry Year program teach English through the English Opens Doors program run by the Ministry of Education.
3- Colombia Year: WorldTeach volunteers in the Colombia program teach English in public schools, charter schools, and universities throughout the country. In partnership with Volunteers Colombia, a Colombian NGO, WorldTeach supports the Ministry of Education's goal of improving bilingualism throughout the country.
4- Costa Rica Year: WorldTeach Costa Rica is the oldest running WorldTeach program, with 2011 marking its 22nd year of service with our new team of volunteers. WorldTeach volunteers in Costa Rica teach English at public primary schools under the auspices of the Ministry of Education. All teaching placements are in small towns in rural areas throughout the country.
5- Ecuador Year: WorldTeach volunteers in the Ecuador program teach English in university or community classes with adult students. Teaching placements are in urban areas and larger towns. WorldTeach Ecuador is also excited to announce two volunteer placements in the Galapagos Islands...
“After graduating from Carleton I began working in Ecuador for the non-profit organization WorldTeach. WorldTeach is a Harvard affiliated organization that sends English speakers to countries around the globe to teach for a year. There are many programs in Spanish-speaking countries and all are very similar. As a WorldTeach volunteer I live with a host family, teach for 20 hours a week, and design my own lesson plans. The host family provides both room and board and WorldTeach pays every volunteer a living stipend that is more than sufficient for random expenses. WorldTeach is an organization with infrastructure. They spend much time training their volunteers and ensuring that they are safe and happy once the academic year begins. In order to apply to WorldTeach only a bachelor’s degree is necessary. (Ethan Bernstein '10)
MATCH Teacher Residency (Boston)
It is one of the most selective teacher prep program in the nation. The program gives recent college graduates one year of incredibly intense training designed to make them unusually effective rookie teachers. After a year of training, the program helps find positions in high-need schools, and continue to support them as they begin their careers in the classroom.
If you are a senior Spanish major who might want to teach in the inner-city, and who have demonstrated unusual grit and determination, this is the right opportunity for you.
Contact: Colin Bottles
WORK FOR A NON PROFIT
- La Escuelita brings Latino/a children from Northfield to the campus for two hours per week (Friday afternoon from 4:30 -6:30). Volunteers have a variety of activities for the kids including going to the Creativity Lab, playing in the park, going on walks in the Arb, sledding, swimming, reading with the kids, and other activities. There are usually around 15-20 kids ranging in ages from 5 to around 12.
- Do you have an hour a week to spare? The ACT Center's youth tutoring program seeks volunteers to tutor Northfield youths in Spanish, as well as other subjects. Tutors are needed for both students needing assistance in Spanish and in English (for their English as a second language classes). Tutors are needed for this anytime 8-3 and also after school. This is a very rewarding, one hour a week committment, transportation can be provided, and your efforts will be greatly appreciated by the student you help and their family. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Rachel Lund at firstname.lastname@example.org in the ACT Center.
- Friends of Batahola Volunteers (FOBV) is a 2-year program that brings young people from the U.S. to live and work in Managua, Nicaragua. Volunteers seek to accompany the Centro Cultural Batahola Norte in its mission of empowering women and youth for social transformation. Volunteers dedicate themselves to the development of their spirituality and social consciousness through their community life, focusing on the values of accompaniment, social justice, and spirituality. Projects include youth formation activities, accompaniment of women's small business endeavors, teaching English, and other projects based on volunteers' skills and interests. Go to for more information and to download the application.
- El Hogar Virgen de Fátima (Bolivia)
- The Light and Leadership Initiative's (LLI) (Perú)
- El Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (El Salvador)
- Hábitat para la Humanidad (Argentina)
- Oné Respe /en Reston, Va - Reston Interfaith/en Santa Fe - The Breakthrough Collaborative (Santa Fe)
- El Centro de la Niña Trabajadora (CENIT) (Ecuador)
Spanish Majors have participated in a variety of internships that complement and contribute to their major or concentration. Internship opportunities range from work with international development and human rights organizations like Cultural Survival and the Inter-American Foundation, to work in organizations that provide legal, health, or social services to Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. Although these internships are typically in the United States (not Latin American, they nonetheless provide valuable educational and job-related experience for students. Students are encouraged to consult with the Internship advisor in the Career Center for further information about these opportunities. A variety of internships may be found through the Career Center's web site, or you can go directly to the internship database. On the database, there are a number of subheadings that pertain to foreign language; for example, under communications there is a subheading: foreign (language, translation, interpreters). There are others under education and government, etc.
In addition to regular internships like those mentioned above, the Community Internships in Latin America, a (CILA) program offered by HECUA, provides an off-campus study opportunity that is built around student internships. The CILA Program, located in Ecuador, places students in internships with community and non-governmental organizations. The bulk of the student's time is spent working in the community with their organization. This is supplemented with seminars that provide an academic and analytical focus to the internship experience. For more information about CILA, contact the Off-Campus Studies Office or Professor Bev Nagel.
Career Advisor: Professor Becky Boling
Program faculty are happy to discuss your career plans with you and help you think about your options for graduate schools, jobs, and planning your course of study to meet your career goals. We also receive lots of information from graduate schools and occasionally receive fliers about jobs. We will forward job and internship announcements to you via email. Other materials are available from our Career Advisor, Professor Becky Boling. And, of course, you should make full use of the services provided by the Carleton Career Center.
Educational Resources Group: recruits faculty for 640 independent (private) schools throughout the country in the areas of Physics, Math, Chemistry, Computer Science, French and Spanish. Private schools look for people with strong liberal arts backgrounds with either a BA and/or MA in their subject area as well as strong child related experiences and major extra-curricular talents.
Letters of Recommendation
At some point, you will undoubtedly need letters of recommendation from faculty. Whether you are applying for admission to an off-campus study program, a student fellowship, or post-Carleton employment or study, faculty can write better letters in support of your applications if they know you and your work, and if they have adequate lead-time. Talk to the faculty member from who you are requesting a recommendation well in advance of the application deadline. Keep in mind that although faculty may know your work in their class(es), they may not know about all of your other academic and non-academic interests and accomplishments. It is very helpful to have a brief resumé that summarizes yours goals and objectives, as well as your employment and educational experience. Include volunteer work, special skills, and any academic (or non-academic) "specialties" that you have developed outside the Program and of which we may not be aware.
Before you graduate, we recommend that you open a file at the Career Center, and ask your faculty referees to put letters on file for you, even if you don't foresee needing recommendations immediately. We frequently receive requests for letters of recommendation from students who have graduated a year or two or even longer before, and we are happy to oblige. But faculty go on sabbatical, and may not be on campus when you discover that you need a recommendation. It's best to have the letter on file; it can be replaced with a new one, if necessary.
Conferences and Student Fellowship Opportunities
Carleton offers several fellowships, including Independent Research Fellowships, the Class of 1963 Fellowship and the Larson International Fellowships, that support student travel and research.
The competition for these fellowships is announced each fall by the Dean of the College, and applications are typically due in early February. Spanish majors who wish to undertake independent research in Latin American during the summer are encouraged to consider applying for one of these fellowships. The College also makes available limited funds to support student travel to conferences or for more limited research during winter break. For these funds, students must submit letters of application to the Associate Dean of the College. For more information, see Student Grant Opportunities on the Dean of the College's web page.