After graduation, Sarah Avery ('12) started working for Training Express in Madrid, Spain. As she explains:

Doy clase en algunas empresas en Madrid cada semana sobre cultura de los Estados Unidos y el Reino Unido, enfocándonos en el inglés de negocios más que en el inglés general, aunque hacemos un poco de todo. Aparte de enseñar clases tengo reuniones con mi mentor y coordinadora. Mi contrato ofrece cursos sobre temas relacionados con nuestro trabajo e incluye clases de español. Durante el año tenemos excursiones culturales. Me encanta la arquitectura y para mí el edificio de Correos es uno de los mejores.

Lila Scott graduated in '12, Spanish major; Sociology Major/ Social Justice. She wrote the following bilingual poem while studying her semester abroad in Córdoba, Argentina.

Hay Que Usar la Lengua
by Lila Scott
Goucher College
Córdoba, Argentina 2011

We mold arcilla with our hands and you tell me
"Hay que usar la lengua"
I need to chew my words
I need to really taste them first
So that they might fall from my mouth
Smooth and sweet as gotas de dulce de leche

I wonder if I wash them down with
The most bitter yerba
If a la hora de la siesta
Yo cierro mis ojos
Could I wake to find my skin
The color of madera like Verita's
Could I move my caderas así
Como una música
Como vos

Could I pronounce la letra r
El palacio Ferreyra
Barrio Villa Cabrera
Y sentir la vibración
Sin miedo, sin vergüenza
A river passing under my tongue
A buena onda that carries me

Could I let my l's fall and drench me in lluvia
Llenar las calles con agua
Porque aunque soy de allá
También soy de la tierra y estoy acá
Trepando cada día estas palabras with my tongue
Hoping every day they'll sound
Less borrowed, learned, extranjero and
More like mine.

Cassandra Ramos (Cassie) graduated in '12, Spanish major; Latin American Studies Minor. She won the Poetry Contest for CC-CS Students in Córdoba, Argentina, while studying her semester abroad program in Spring 2011. For more information on Goucher's semester long study abroad program in Argentina for Spanish Majors, visit their Facebook page.

Johanna Modak graduated in '11, Spanish major; Political Science Minor. She is teaching for Baltimore City Teaching Residency.

Katrina Ramirez-Meyers graduated in '11, Spanish major; Mathematics major. She has joined the Peace Corps and will be living in Sierra Leona.

Justin McDonnell is a Spanish major and Communications major graduate ('09). After graduation he moved to China were he created the following video (in Spanish) with his friends. In the video segment, Justin is the foreigner that says "I was going crazy": v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjczNzIyMjcy.html

As described by himself:
La película es sobre la vida de mis amigos aquí en China. Por no decir más, la vida en China es muy diferente y hay días que no entendemos nada.  El comercial es sobre un curso "haobuhao." La frase es una frase china que significa good/not good.  Si tú tomas este curso, tu vida va a mejorar.  Por ejemplo, cuando vine a china, tenía muchos problemas porque no podía hablar la lengua ni entendía la cultura. No podía encontrar amigos  ni podía comer en el restaurante. Poco después con haobuhao, mi vida cambió, y ahora puedo comer en un restaurante, puedo hablar con la gente, puedo cruzar la calle, puedo... Es un comercial que se burla de este tipo de comerciales. Tome este curso y vivirá para siempre. Tome este curso y tendrá músculos muy grandes. Es como un sueño, ¿no? Además, hacemos una peli de este comercial que puede ayudar a la gente con las cosas muy básicas en China.  Alguien puede decir que la peli es una introducción y aún un manual. Por ejemplo: Cómo pedir comida, cómo cruzar la calle, cómo tomar un bus, cómo decir hola, gracias, ¿cómo estás?, y más cosas así de una manera muy graciosa y divertida.

ShainaShaina Longway graduated in '10, Spanish major and Psychology major. She is working as a research assistant for the Center for Mental health Services in Pediatric Primary care at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She found her job through a connection at Esperanza Center where she volunteered and was hired because of her Spanish language capabilities. Her responsibilities include recruiting participants for studies, working with data, and managing organizational tasks for the Center. Whenever a study involves the Latino population, she translates forms and works with the Spanish-speaking participants. She hopes to begin graduate school in order to become a high school Spanish teacher.

 

 

 

Hanna Olshansky ('10), Spanish major and Sociology major. She is working for Trusted Translations in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She works with clients from the US and Europe, organizing linguistic teams, and making high-volume translations.

After finishing his studies at Goucher, Wilmer Gutiérrez ('09)started working as a Llegislative aide for the Office of Councilmember Nancy Navarro in Montgomery County, MD. He did his semester abroad in the Palermo, Argentina, program

Janelle Peters ('09)volunteers with several refugee resettlement organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, including one that also focuses on non-refugee status immigrants from Latin America. Janelle uses her Spanish to help families and individuals connect with social services and community resources in their area.

Tanya Cooley ('09), Spanish major and Psychology major. She has been working as a human resource administrator for Management Systems. She speaks Spanish almost daily with coworkers and does translations for work. She is planning to attend Graduate School at George Washington University.  

MeghanAfter graduation, with funding from Goucher College, Meghan Meros ('08, Spanish major and English writing major) walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Following her time abroad, Meghan returned to Baltimore to teach Spanish at Mercy High School. Currently, Meghan teaches Spanish II, III, and IV, and serves as co-moderator for Mercy's Model Organization of American States Club. Next year, she hopes to pursue graduate studies in Spanish or Creative Writing. Having already been accepted to Georgetown's M.A. in Spanish Literature and Culture, Meghan is anxiously awaiting acceptance letters from other schools and looks forward to deciding where she will study next.

 

 

 

 

Anna Lapera ('08) is living in the Peruvian Amazon. She is working with a group of 20 young girls living in a cloistered convent. She is collecting their narrative on girlhood and coming of age away from their families and hometowns. The activities she uses in her curriculum come from one of the classes she took with Professor Isabel Moreno-Lopez. The narratives will be collected through poetry activities that deal with themes of girlhood, travel, secrets and identity.  The blog can be found at
www.annamazon.blogspot.com

Christina Bradley ('08) is living and working in the Dominican Republic. She works in a small rural community focusing on environmental issues. In her own words:

Yo vivo en una comunidad pequeña y rural en la República Dominicana, y trabajo generalmente en temas de medio ambiente. Actualmente estoy trabajando con una asociación de madres de la comunidad. Estamos solicitando fondos del Departamento del Estado para construir fogones mejorados. Son fogones hechos con hornillas cerámicas y que tienen una chimenea donde sale el humo. La mayoría de las mujeres por aquí cocinan con leña o con carbón, en fuego abierto, y eso le puede traer muchos problemas de salud. Ademas, es una manera muy ineficiente para cocinar. Estos fogones sacan el humo de la cocina, y las mujeres pueden cocinar en el mismo tiempo con un tercio menos leña. También, esperamos construir 17 letrinas en el año que viene.