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CORE El Centro

Address:130 W. Bruce Street

Transportation: Take the #23 bus east on Wisconsin Ave. Get off at 2nd and Bruce (after 13 stops). Walk one block east.

Approximate travel time by car: 7 minutes

Approximate travel time by bus: 15 minutes

Time of Service:

Monday evenings from 5 – 7pm, Wednesday evenings from 5 – 7pm, Thursdays from 4:30 – 6:30pm, Friday evenings from 5 – 7pm, Saturdays from 11am – 1pm.

Mandatory Orientation: Monday, September 8th 2:00pm OR Thursday, September 11th 5:30pm

Description of Agency/Activities: CORE El Centro is a natural healing center for the low-income and under-served populations, founded on the central principle that the body's natural ability to heal itself is enhanced when energy and vibrational medicine is integrated with conventional medicine, cognitive behavioral principles, and ancient spiritual practices. The center offers a variety of services that assist an individual in their personal healing. They offer bodywork that includes the many techniques that promote relaxation, movement awareness and energy balancing. Some of the modalities the center offers are Therapeutic Massage, Reiki, Healing Touch, Color Therapy, Acupressure and Acupuncture. The center is also providing classes in art therapy, wellness, stress reduction, exercise, drumming, self-care and self-healing modalities. While parents are taking advantage of the many offerings at CORE, children can spend time at the Children's Space. Here, they are exposed to health and fitness education: the goal is for children to take something away with them.

***Spanish for the Health Professions Students' Roles***:

Times of Service: one Tuesdays from 4 – 6pm, one Wednesday from 9 – 11am, one on Wednesday from noon – 2pm, and one Mondays 9-11 am

Student roles in agency:

Acupuncture Interpreter Role

Limit: up to 3 Students

Service learners will be placed with CORE's acupuncturist and bodywork practitioners to interpret for clients.  The schedule of the practitioners varies slightly and not all clients in each shift are Spanish speaking.  Therefore, it is asked that service learners be somewhat flexible and open to assisting, listening and utilizing their Spanish in other ways when they are not directly interpreting.  Generally, service learners will accompany the acupuncturist in their initial assessment of clients and at the end of a treatment. Some of the other ways students will have exposure to using Spanish in the Medical Profession include assisting with client appointment reminder phone calls, greeting and possibly participating in the morning movement/exercise classes, and observing general client/reception interaction.  It is recommended that Service Learners are very confident with their Spanish skills in order to work with the acupuncturist and clients.  A language assessment will be conducted prior to students interpreting.  Students may shadow for part of the semester before they begin interpreting.  Based on the assessment, if students are not ready to begin interpreting, they will shadow for a longer period of time and assist the agency in different ways. Students not only need to be comfortably bilingual but must also be bicultural, i.e.- have experience working with the Hispanic population.  A pre-service orientation will be required. Commitment: Service Learners from the Spanish for the Medical Professions class are needed for interpreting for acupuncture for 2-hour shifts on Tuesday and Wednesday for the duration of the semester.

Yoga Interpreter Role

Limit: 1 student

Student role in agency: An advanced Spanish-speaking Service Learner is needed to interpret for a morning yoga class.  He or she must be enthusiastic about being a part of the movement classes and extremely confident in their Spanish-speaking and interpreting abilities in order to interpret quickly as the instructor is teaching. This role is most suited for someone who is fluent in Spanish, as it is a challenging role even for a native speaker. 

Commitment: Student will attend class weekly and interpret for the duration of the semester. Student may shadow a few classes before beginning to interpret. 

Commitment: Service Learners are expected to attend an orientation and serve 2-3 hours per week, for the duration of the semester.


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Marquette University Service Learning
P.O. Box 1881
707 N. 11th St. Room 303
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881

Phone Number: (414) 288-0250
Fax Number: (414) 288-3259

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