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Service Learning Opportunities

Are you interested in applying what you are learning in your language classrooms in hands-on scenarios? CeLTA offers multiple ways for you to actively use your language and culture knowledge and share your passion for language learning with others in the community.


CLS Volunteering

The CeLTA Language School offers year-round language and culture classes for children and adults in the Greater Lansing community. Language students of all levels can apply to volunteer for our programs.

Volunteers can assist with on-campus classes for preschoolers (ages 3-6), kids (ages 6-12), teens (13+), culture events on Saturdays, enrichment programs at elementary schools, and summer camps. The language volunteers play a crucial role in helping the lead teachers, assisting with classroom management, working with children one-on-one and in small groups, and possibly planning lesson modules and activities if interested.

Why volunteer?  

  • Pre-professional experience
  • Résumé builder
  • Use what you are learning in your language classroom
  • Practice your language and interact with native speakers
  • Share your experience with young learners
  • It’s fun

For more information and to get involved, contact our Outreach Coordinator Sandhya Shanker at shankers@msu.edu.


Translation Initiative

The goal of the CeLTA Translation Initiative is to promote community outreach through translations. Domestic and international students will collaborate, under the supervision of graduate students and/or faculty members, on translating documents for campus and community agencies. CeLTA will team up students for specific translation requests to work on an assignment collaboratively. Most translations will be from English to another language but there may be some requests from another language into English.