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.
Are you a student in a course that has a service-learning component?
Step 1: Find a service-learning site
- Your instructor may have a pre-approved list of service-learning sites.
- If this is the case, review the list and identify a site the best meets your learning objectives, schedule, and interests.
- Contact the site, and inquire about service-learning opportunities.
- Clearly state that you are a Clark College student completing a service-learning requirement. Be specific with the site about the number of hours you are required to complete.
Step 2: Fill out your Service-Learning Site Agreement & Liability Form
Step 3: Print out the Time Sheet and Agency Evaluation
With these forms, keep track of your hours and at the end of your service complete the Student Evaluation and have your site supervisor complete the Site Evaluation. Your Time Log and Student Evaluation must be submitted to your instructor by the deadline.
Step 4: Participate in your service-learning experience and reflection
- Coordinate with your site to define your project, work-times, and responsibilities.
- Attend any orientations or interviews required by your site.
- Ask questions if you are unsure about your responsibilities and anything else you have concerns about.
- Respect the confidentiality of people, site and employees you serve.
- Be open to new experiences, cultures, and ways of thinking.
***Please remember you are representing Clark College in the community.
- Complete all reflection activities as assigned by your instructor.
Step 5: Turn in your Time Sheet and Site Evaluation to your instructor.
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