University of Vermont

Office of Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning

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Community-Engaged Learning Opportunities

Service-learning can take many forms! Read on to see the many ways you can find real-world experiences connected to your interests, both academic and personal.

Direct Service

Service-learning can involve direct service: volunteering at King Street Youth Center as part of an education course, or installing raised-bed gardens in a food systems course. With direct service, you interact directly with a client population or provide needed services. This work helps you think about the course material in an applied way through structured reflection assignments.

 

International

Service-learning doesn't just happen in Burlington; you can travel around the world and engage more deeply in the country to visit through community engagement. Some UVM service-learning courses (particularly in the CDAE department) can involve international travel. In addition, you can pursue service-learning opportunities in study abroad programs.

 

Projects

Service-learning in your major can also involve using your skills on behalf of an organization or agency. Rather than volunteering, you are producing a deliverable or working on a project for your community partner. This might include website design, marketing materials, engineering designs, assessments, public-service announcements, and more!

 

Community-Based Research

When your work for a community partner involves some form of research, you are doing community-based research—another form of academic service-learning. You might conduct focus groups, or survey clients of a shelter. Recently, sociology students have conducted prison inmate surveys for the Department of Corrections, and RSENR students have inventoried trees for Vermont municipalities.

 

Service-Learning TA

Work as a TA in a service-learning class is a great way to develop your leadership skills in the context of academic service-learning. Students work with professors to support the service-learning project, up to 5 hours/week. Academic credit and some stipends are available.

Last modified August 14 2014 03:22 PM