As there are some services that ask for a longer time commitment, you still are able to give as much time for a certain project as you want and this has currently been referred to Service Learning.
Service-learning combines community service with structured opportunities for learning. It addresses service-learning in the curriculum and the combination of community service with academic coursework. When designed and implemented thoughtfully, service-learning:
- Enables students to achieve learning goals
- Engages students in active learning
- Integrates disciplinary theory and knowledge with practice
- Deepens understanding of the complex causes of social problems
- Creates new knowledge.
What is Service Learning?
Service-learning is a credit-bearing, educational experience in which students:
- Participate in an organized service activity that meets identified on- and off-campus community needs
- Reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility (Committee Minutes, January 25, 2001).
What it isn’t!
Unlike volunteering through church groups or student organizations, service-learning is a course-based service experience that produces the best results when meaningful service activities are related to course materials.
Unlike internships, service-learning is a classroom-related exposure to careers in the real world rather than a capstone experience at the end of one’s studies. It also places the student into a community agency for 15-40 hours of service during a semester, allowing the student to carry a normal academic load of other major and general education classes, and has no financial benefits for the student.