What does community service have to do with a
service-learning experience can enhance the
learning of college courses - as long as you
apply ideas discussed in class to your service
experience. There's a lot that can be learned
beyond the walls of a classroom. Many employers
are looking for skills that service-learning can
teach, such as: communication skills,
cross-cultural skills, critical-thinking skills,
group-work skills, career and work skills, and
citizenship/community service skills.
Where will I be doing my service-learning
Typically, a faculty member chooses to partner
with 5-10 agencies based on how well the
agency's service project fits the learning goals
of the class. From this list, students select
which agency/project most interests them and
fits their schedule and location needs. The
service-learning office and faculty work hard to
provide a diverse selection of agencies.
Students wishing to design and implement a
project with an agency not on the list may do so
with faculty approval.
When will I be able to do my service project?
There is some flexibility. You'll work with the
site to establish a schedule of service in
consultation with the site supervisor.
What will I be doing for my service project?
site supervisors match you with a service
experience that relates to the class. Many
positions will involve working directly with
people, although some will involve working with
computers or library research, and others may
involve outside physical labor. Your site
supervisor will make sure you are comfortable
What can I do to make sure I have a successful
Initiative is important. Meet with your
site supervisor as soon as possible to schedule
a first visit. Patience is important too.
There are ebbs and flows to the work - some
weeks may be hectic, others painfully slow.
Learn to roll with the changes.
open-minded and understanding. You'll
probably encounter folks who are very different
than you. Use this as a learning experience to
try to understand their story. Set aside
your personal judgments for the moment and
really listen to people.
Maintain boundaries. You're not there to
be everyone's best friend. Personal
information (including your address and phone
number) should be kept to yourself.
a student - no one expects you to be an expert.
They only expect you to be reliable, honest and
Give it your best effort. Don't be afraid
to ask for help from others if you encounter a
confusing situation. Be a student and try
to learn as much as you can.