• Rationale for Community Service/Service Learning

    I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.          
                                                                                                                   ~ Mahatma Gandhi


     It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

                                                                                             ~Theodore Roosevelt



    Why serve?  
    In the International Studies Schools Network, students are prepared to be active global citizens by engaging directly with local, national, and international communities.  To be honest, though, most people who serve others say they learn the most about themselves in the process.  

    What is community service?  
    When you make a donation (of goods, time, or sweat) that benefits another person or organization, that’s community service.  This category can include things that you do outside of school (volunteering at an assisted living center, offering free childcare at your church, making sandwiches for homeless people, volunteering at an animal shelter, caring for community gardens, participating in a holiday-related event like Thanksgiving with Caritas or “Coats for Kids,” etc.) and school-related activities (canned food drives, GPS volunteerism opportunities, etc.)

    What is service-learning?  
    This is a learning strategy that asks students to apply knowledge and skills from school to research, identify, and address community needs.  This scenario focuses as much on the learner and the process as the intended recipient.  In service-learning, the student is often the designer/organizer of the experience.

    Site Visit Verification Form - Print one of these forms to take to your service project. Your advisor/leader MUST sign and date this form. Once you have finished your service, turn in this form (signed and COMPLETELY filled out) to the the International Studies Office (R100) or to Ms. Stone (also in R100).

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