Volunteering at Villa Esperanza Community Center

Since beginning to volunteer at Villa Esperanza’s Education Program, I have had one of the most rewarding and valuable experiences of my life.

On my first day, I was assigned to a group of seven 3rd graders. It took a couple of days for them to get  comfortable around me, but after a short period of time, I began to receive hand-drawn pictures, valentine cards, and hugs. My duties at Villa mainly consist of helping my group of kids get their homework done and then helping out with other activities schedule for the day, such as music class or art projects.

I also took on another project that has been challenging but very rewarding. I interviewed families whose children attend the education program and talked about their experiences there and about their family background. These interviews were completely in Spanish, so my language skills have improved a lot! It has been so amazing watching these kids make progress week-to-week, and I’ve grown to look forward to my Thursdays at Villa. I know that I will miss everyone there when my internship is over at the end of April, but I also know that these kids have made a difference in my life that will last for a long time.~ Katie Fugate