Orientation

​Getting Started

If you are participating in Service Learning through a course, you should receive information about how to enroll in the program from your instructor. You may also contact the Service Learning coordinator for assistance.

If you are participating as an individual, your first step is to complete the online sign-up form and sign the liability waiver form. For more information, contact the Service Learning coordinator.

Contacting Agencies

For Service Learning projects through class assignments, your instructor will provide information about approved agencies with which you may perform your service.

For individual participation in Service Learning, you may volunteer at an agency of your choice. Make sure you have your service site approved by the Service Learning coordinator.

Performing Community Service and Timekeeping

When you report for your service, remember that you are there to learn and to serve your community. You should dress appropriately and behave in a professional manner. If you are performing your service individually, report to the supervisor on your first day to receive your instructions.

Each time you report to your agency, fill in your time sheet and be sure someone from your agency signs it. If you are participating in Service Learning with your class and your instructor is present, your instructor can sign your time sheet for you.

Reflection

Structured reflection is a critical part of the Service Learning process.  It enables you to examine the critical issues related to your service, connect the service experience to your course of study, examine your civic engagement and values and find relevance in the work you perform.

If you are participating in Service Learning as part of a course, your instructor will provide instructions on your reflection process.

If you are participating as part of a student organization, reflection may be incorporated in the service project.

If you are participating in Service Learning as an individual or if you do not have another means of reflection, you must complete the reflection assignment by the date assigned by your professor, near the end of the semester. 

Final Steps

All paperwork — time sheets, final reflection and post-service questionnaire — are due before final exam week. If you are unsure about the due dates, check with your instructor or the Service Learning coordinator. Use the Service Learning Checklist to make sure you’ve completed all the components of your Service Learning experience.

Consider keeping an ePortfolio to showcase your achievements during your college career. You can share your ePortfolio with prospective employers, university admissions and scholarship programs, friends​ and family members.