Going beyond the classroom
At Calvin, you will have the opportunity to learn by going outside the classroom...and your comfort zone. Whether you decide to live in a house that speaks Spanish 24/7, volunteer in the Grand Rapids community, or lead a Spanish communication group, you are sure to discover your place and your passion—and learn a little Spanish along the way.
Spanish in GR
Interested in finding a place to worship? serve? eat? Check out our list of area Hispanic contacts to find what you're looking for.
Discover what it looks like to live in an intentional living-learning community in the Spanish House.
Celebración de Graduados
In May, our professors and soon-to-be Spanish graduates gathered for a time of celebration, singing, reminiscing, and good food. Congratulations to all our 2014 graduates! Click here to see photos from the event »
Middle School Visitors
On April 22, we had the wonderful opportunity of welcoming twenty-one seventh graders and their Spanish teacher Señora Amber Kunnen ('10) from Rockford Christian Middle School. During their visit to the Spanish Department, they were able to hear about the semester abroad programs, attend Spanish chapel with Calvin Spanish students, and even participate in part of a Spanish 102 class. It was a fantastic chance to make connections between younger and older Spanish learners, and a great time was had by all! Click here to see some photos »
Taco Tasting Tour
In April, our students had the opportunity of going around Grand Rapids on a Taco Tasting Tour. Students and professors visited 5 local taquerías and rated each based on the restaurant's ambiance, the cost of the tacos, the taco flavor and freshness, etc. It was a great way to interact with the Hispanic community in our city!
This spring, a couple dozen Calvin students participated as flag-bearers in the annual César E. Chávez March for social justice in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood of Grand Rapids. The march commemorates and honors the late social activist and labor leader, César Chávez and promotes unity in the greater Grand Rapids community. Calvin students carried flags representing the United States, the United Farmer Workers Union (founded by César Chávez), and the Spanish-speaking countries of the Central and South America. The march was followed by a community gathering at Roosevelt Park CRC where speakers addressed the audience on the life and legacy of Chavez as well as this year’s topic, “Immigration Reform.” Click here to see photos from the day's events »