Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Student Reflection: Sarah Moauro

Hi! I’m Sarah Moauro, a senior in International Studies.

This semester I’m enrolled in SPAN 332: Spanish and Entrepreneurship. The class focuses on social enterprise, businesses that exist in order to improve social conditions. By taking this class, I’ll get a first hand experience of working with a social business in our community.

Through this semester, I’ll be sharing my experiences as a volunteer at the East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center (ECIRMAC). This is a non-profit organization in Urbana that dedicates itself to helping refugees and immigrants resettle in the area.

I’m excited to have this as a final send-off before I graduate. I feel like through taking this class, I’ll be able to get some incredibly useful experience while helping out what has been my community for the past four years (while practicing my Spanish and getting a great resume builder on top of it all!).

I’m still settling into my position at ECIRMAC, but after only working a handful of days, I feel like I’m starting to get a hang of things. So far, I’m really liking the work and the people, co-workers and clients alike. Although I have little experience in this line of work, everyone is quick to show that any help is greatly appreciated help!

As a final note, to anyone who is interested, ECIRMAC is going to be hosting their second annual fundraising dinner on February 28 (a Saturday), and they can use all the volunteers that they can get!



  1. It's great to have you blogging here, Sarah. I'm looking forward to reading more of your observations.

    I'd love to know more about your experiences (good AND bad) with 232. Maybe a topic for a future post?

    Bienvenida a este blog. :)

  2. I am really happy for you and excited that everything you're setting out to do and get a hands-on experience and feel for--you're actually being able to do.. it's an amazing thing, so close to graduation. You have no idea how proud I am of you and I wish you only the best for your last semester, although I know you don't need it :) Inform me more on this program you are involved in; I'd like to read up on it so when I respond to your commentaries I atleast know a bit about the organization you've passionately talked about and described.


  3. Just made your blog a favorite.
    Looking forward to your comments and perspectives. As always, I'm sure they will be very insightful and interesting.

    Dr. Moauro