Service Learning students differ from traditional volunteers. They are challenged with connecting their service in the community with a particular learning objective in the classroom. Service Learning is not volunteering. Service learning is a reflective educational experience in which students earn academic credit by participating in meaningful service activities. Service learning experiences are designed to connect students’ coursework to their roles as citizens.
Service learning is a transformational learning experience that:
Service learning fosters a sense of caring for others and a commitment to social responsibility. There are six essential elements that differentiate Service Learning from traditional volunteerism.