Community Service

CAMPOS students are required to perform 10 hours of service a year to the Latino community during their first two years of medical school (for a total of 20 hours) as part of the Medical Spanish elective. The goal of the service requirement is to give students a richer understanding of this community and its needs. Travel time to and from the community service and any formalized training your receive in prepartion for the event may be applied to the total hours; however, at least 5 of the annual 10 hours must be in direct service to the local Latino community.

CAMPOS is partnering with the North Carolina Farmworkers Program to provide students multiple opportunities to learn about and work with the migrant farmworker population.  Details about the NCFWP will be covered in CAMPOS orientations scheduled for the beginning of each academic year.   To document your service, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

The following are guidelines for service activities:

  • Service activities must be done in North Carolina or the United States. Service done as part of international travel does not count.
  • Service done as part of another course for which students get credit does not count.
  • Service for which students are receiving a stipend or any type of pay is not allowed.

Ways to get involved

Structured community service with the NCFWP will be provided through the CAMPOs program.  Other activites exist to  get involved and they are listed below. You can, of course, develop your own community service project if you choose.  Your project must be pre-approved by CAMPOS faculty.

  • SALSA: Spanish-speakers Assisting Latinos Student Association
  • El Pueblo (www.elpueblo.org) is a North Carolina non-profit statewide advocacy and policy organization dedicated to strengthening the Latino community
  • UNC Hospital Pediatrics Department- volunteer clinical interpreter (shifts 3-4 hours/week, oral/written assessment required- contact Harriett Purves at hpurves@unch.unc.edu
  • M.A.N.O (Mujeres Avanzando hacia Nuevas Oportunidades) - Teach ESL to local Latina women, including childcare and mentoring as integral components of this program. Intermediate Spanish, application required. (www.unc.edu/student/orgs/mano)
  • B.O.L.D. - Program similar to M.A.N.O, except intended for local Latino men who want to learn English. Intermediate Spanish, application required. Please visit the M.A.N.O. website above for details.

Documenting your service

Please complete the CAMPOS Community Service Form for each service activity you perform. Email your completed forms to Katie Smith, the staff assistant. Katie will contact you at the end of each semester if she has not heard from you.