Working with PCC Community-Based Learning students may be different than working with your traditional volunteers.
Community-Based Learning Students:
- Will want to participate in an interactive service experience
- Will need an orientation to the community agency or school
- May or may not have previous volunteer or service experience
- Will have a minimum number of service hours to complete
- Appreciate flexibility, but need the expectations of the agency or school to be clearly state at the beginning of his/her service experience
- Will look for ways to apply classroom theories to his/her observations in the community and vice versa
- Will be eager to learn the goals and objectives of the agency or school in addition to learning new tasks that serve a community need
- Are not graded on his/her work in the community, but on his/her ability to connect their service experience to course objectives through written assignments or class presentations
Things to Keep in Mind:
- It is structured and well-organized?
- Is it comprehensive?
- Are written materials provided?
- Will the student feel welcome and appreciated?
- Will the student understand the agency’s mission and how their service learning assignment will contribute to that mission?
- Will the student feel comfortable and be encouraged to talk/share issues and problems with the agency supervisor?
- Will other staff understand the student’s role?
- Will staff be friendly and help the student feel comfortable?
- Does the supervisor view him/herself as a partner in education?
- Will the student be challenged to learn and grow from the experience?
- Will the experience strengthen the student’s commitment to service and community involvement?
- Will the student gain a better understanding of the relationship between service and citizenship?