The Nuestros Cuentos project was created to help find a voice for latinx/indigenous students in literature. We went to two schools over the course of the semester to not only help write the stories of these children into a book, but also help give them a sense of community within the project.
During the project, the adult volunteers were tasked with describing their experiences in a Sway project so that the students and parents can learn about the volunteer experience at the end-of-year reception. I did this, but also chose to translate all of mine into Spanish so that some of the students’ parents who spoke less English could understand it as well. It wasn’t perfect Spanish, but I wanted them to feel included in our thoughts on working with their wonderful children.
This project not only helped expand my group skills, but also pushed the limits of my writing to try to speak to an audience I had never attempted to reach before: Spanish speakers. The ability and desire to learn more and push limits for the benefit of an audience is wildly important for a freelancer, and I intend to apply it to everything I do.