What is Service Learning?
The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse is an excellent resource for anyone involved with or contemplating engaging in Service Learning. It can be found at servicelearning.org
They define service learning as:
Service learning combines service objectives with learning objectives with the intent that the activity change both the recipient and the provider of the service. This is accomplished by combining service tasks with structured opportunities that link the task to self-reflection, self-discovery, and the acquisition and comprehension of values, skills, and knowledge content.
The National Commission on Service Learning defines service learning as "a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities."
Service learning is NOT:
- an episodic volunteer program
- an add-on to an existing school or college curriculum
- logging a set number of hours of community service in order to graduate
- one sided: benefitting only students or only the community
Students at Habitat for Humanity Home Builders Show - February 9, 2012
Students working on flood cleanup (above)
Students working at Habitat for Humanity (below)
Student being interviewed by an Armenian TV journalist (above)
Last Updated: June 23, 2015