Since 1994, the UH Manoa Service Learning Program has worked with students, faculty, and members of the community. Service learning provides students with the opportunity to volunteer in their community in meaningful ways while furthering their education.
If you're like most students, you probably found us through an instructor or advisor. Don't worry! While service learning may seem daunting at first, it's actually very simple.
Service learning is all about connecting what you're learning in class to the real world. It helps you find relevance in the material you're learning, and exposes you to real-life situations to enhance your understanding. We hope you'll find that the four walls that separate the classroom from life beyond college suddenly become less of a barrier after a service learning project.
While every service learning assignment is different, many share a few common steps:
- Finding an organization. Many organizations are looking for people with your unique interests and skills to assist with projects. If you don't know where to look, we may be able to help.
- Service. Your assignment will usually specify a task to complete or a certain amount of time to participate. We encourage you to work closely with your organization; they'll help you find a project that matches you and can often suggest tips to make your work even better.
- Reflection. During your project and after it's done, you'll often be asked to write reports and give presentations to your instructor and classmates. These activities are an important step in the service learning process. They help you internalize the lessons you're learning, and provide your peers with the opportunity to learn from your experiences.
FINDING AN ORGANIZATION
The hardest part of service learning is getting started, and we're here to help. Many instructors schedule a class day to tour our office. During this session,we'll explain the services we provide, and offer tips to help you complete a successful project.
If your class doesn't have an orientation scheduled, we'd still be happy to help. Just call us for an appointment at (808) 956-4641.
A lot of people are talking about service learning, and for good reason. There's significant evidence supporting the positive role service learning has on students and the community. We've been working with Manoa faculty for over 11 years, and in that time many of your colleagues have launched service learning programs for their students.
Curriculum revisions can be challenging, but service learning programs provide a compelling experience for your students that may justify the change. Participants gain the opportunity to perform field work for organizations that interest them, and learn from their peers via regular reports in the classroom environment.
If you're ready to learn what service learning can do for your course, or if you'd like more information, please call us at (808) 956-4641. We can tell you more about the services we offer, schedule an orientation for your class, and refer you to other Manoa faculty to understand how others are making service learning work for their students.
Volunteers are a critical component of the plans of many community organizations. These organizations often can't afford to hire enough employees to enable their services to reach the fullest potential. Volunteers can fill the gaps by providing motivated labor for free or a minimal cost. At the same time, students learn valuable lessons that complement their in-class studies.
Service learning programs are a win-win situation - they provide opportunities to help students succeed while enabling organizations to achieve their goals. Students participating in service learning programs are ready and willing to help your organization, and the Service Learning Program office has the tools and resources to help you find them.
The Manoa Service Learning Program has been connecting students and faculty with the community since 1994. We serve Hawaii by matching community organizations with students that can help them accomplish their mission.
The first step toward partnering with a student volunteer is joining our contact list. Give us a call at (808) 956-4641, and we'll provide the information you need to begin a successful relationship that benefits everyone.
The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.
Since that time, 210,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.
Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.
There's quite a bit to learn about the Peace Corps—explore the following sections to get to know its mission, history, and current endeavors in depth.
For more information about Peac Corps visit http://www.peacecorps.gov/ or drop by the SLP office. We are located on the University of Hawaii Manoa campus in QLCSS Rm. 209