Working with Service-Learning Students

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Working with PCC Service-Learning students may be different than working with your traditional volunteers.

Service-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
  • Appreciates flexibility, but needs 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:

Orientation/Training

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?

Supervision

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?

Overall Experience

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?