I’m in Baltimore this weekend for the Notre Dame AmeriCorps Midyear Conference. This year I have committed myself to a year of service through AmeriCorps, a federally-funded service program. This is how I work at Su Casa Hispanic Center as the Bilingual Education Coordinator. Members commit to working 1700 hours at an organization for very, very little pay. The idea is to altruistically serve, something easier said than done. This conference, however, has been great for re-centering why I do the work I do.
I was loving my outfit on day two. The first day we were asked to wear our AmeriCorps t-shirts for our group photo. Day two, however, I was free to express myself. On once of my afternoon breaks I grabbed Una (My Closet: Tea with Una) and we shot a few photos around the Hunt Valley Inn, our hotel for the weekend.
This long weekend away has been great. Conferences are always a great way to re-focus. It can be hard to always feel good about work. My job is often long days with a lot going on. But being at this conference has helped me to refocus why I serve at Su Casa. Furthermore I met and heard talks from other people who work with Spanish-speaking immigrants. Nation-wide, Notre Dame AmeriCorps actually has a lot of services sites serving Spanish-speakers.
I love speaking Spanish and hope I always have an excuse to speak it.