How does service learning work?
Each semester certain courses offer a service learning component. The guidelines for the service project are determined by the course instructor. This includes the length of service, the types of placements, and the reflection activities. Students are placed in non-profit organizations and public schools where they engage in activities that are connected to classroom learning. Students benefit through hands-on experiences while the community benefits from student support.
How do I know which courses offer a service component?
What types of service opportunities are available?
There are numerous activities available. Students are placed in pre-approved organizations that best fit the learning objectives of their course. Opportunities include educational outreach, conservation efforts, youth services, senior assistance, health, and social services, and so much more.
What are the benefits of service learning?
Students can discover connections between classroom and community, learn through applied experiences, explore career choices, and become more actively involved in the community.
How does this program differ from volunteerism?
Service learning is a teaching method that incorporates community-based activities into the curricula. Unlike volunteers, service learning students are required to connect service experiences to course content through reading, writing, and dialog.
Can students with busy schedules participate in service learning?
Most students have busy schedules with work, school, family, and other obligations. Even so, there are plenty of opportunities to serve. Some organizations provide night and weekend placements while others are open to meeting individual needs.
How do I learn more about the program?
Visit the Service Learning and Volunteer Center located on the Oceanside Campus in Building 3300, Room 3306. This staff will be happy to assist students with their service projects. Need help with community placement? Attend one of our workshops.