"At first I didn't want to volunteer for 10 hours due to the rigorous amounts of schoolwork. Now, I am so glad and thankful for such a life changing experience.”
Students who engage in service-learning courses collaborate with community partners and together respond to community-identified concerns. They also learn about the community's context, the connection between their service and academic coursework, and gain a deeper understanding of their role as citizens.
Service-learning is a structured learning experience that combines community engagement with academic preparation, reflection, and ongoing assessment (Loma Linda University Service-Learning Committee, 2014).
The National Youth Leadership Council provides a multitude of principles that guide service-learning (2014). LLU has decided upon four of these principles to guide our service-learning practice:
- Service-learning has sufficient duration and intensity, which allows the students to explore the community’s needs and meet specified outcomes.
- Service-learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals of the course and to enrich what is taking place in the classroom.
- Service-learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.
- Service-learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.