What is Service-Learning?
2002 Interim project in Chile
Service-Learning unites academic study with community service in a way that formal study informs the service and the service in turn enriches the learning. By integrating the accomplishment of a public task with an educational purpose, service-learning pushes students to be more than just volunteers. True service includes searching for systemic solutions to social problems, voting responsibly, involvement in advocacy campaigns, and ethical consumerism; it is holding ourselves accountable for all the choices we make because they affect our local, national, and global communities.
Benefits of Service-Learning at BSC:
Expand your learning and put it into action: See and experience concepts you've learned about in the classroom in the context of the “real world.” Learn how to use your knowledge to make changes.
Broaden your horizons and perspectives: Put yourself in contact with those who have experienced life differently from you. Listen to their stories and learn from them.
Make new friends and collaborations: See who shares your interests; meet and get to know people from other communities and organizations;
Learn practical skills: Improve your tutoring skills, practice your foreign-language skills with native speakers, build and paint, learn to communicate with people from every background.
Challenge yourself, your abilities, and your attitudes: Push yourself physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Reconsider your preconceptions.