Faculty Guide

What is Volunteering?

Choosing to act in recognition of a need, with an attitude of social responsibility and without concern for monetary profit, going beyond one's basic obligations.


What is Service-Learning?

Service-learning is a teaching and learning stategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communites. 

(source: National Service-Learning Clearinghouse)

Service-Learning pairs students with the community in order to:

Bring about positive change in individuals, neighborhoods, organizations, and other larger systems in the community; Link classroom learning to real world issues; Allow for personal growth of students through reflection on self, society, and the future. 


Getting Started

Are you interested in incoportating service-learning into your course? How will the project fit with your curriculum? If you are interested in service-learning, but have never done it before, set up a consultation with VSL or contact us! Katie Colleran, the VSL Coordinator, can be reached at 360-992-2447 or servicelearning@clark.edu. All of the below information and more can be found in our ACADEMIC SERVICE-LEARNING FACULTY GUIDE.


Additional Resources:

VSL has a library of service-learning material



Step 1: Think about the type of project you would like to do and the time committment.

If you are not familiar with area non-profits or cannot find one to fit with your curriculum, explore the options on our Google Map or set up an appointment to come brainstorm with us!

Step 2: Hand out Service-Learning Site Agreement & Liability Form to your students

Step 3: Collect the Time Sheet and Agency Evaluation

With these, you can track if a student is actually completing the hours or project. You can also receive feedback to ensure that the experience just keeps getting better from year to year! These forms can be edited to fit your class needs EXCEPT for the liability form.

Step 4:Reflect with your students


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