Community Service Learning

The Community Service Learning Program (CSL) offers students opportunities to connect in classroom learning with real life experiences in the community. This is done through both curricular (course based) and co-curricular (open to all students) programs and projects with community partners.

CSL is different from traditional volunteer work and experiential education (co-op, internships, and practicum), in that the focus is not only learning but also service and the beneficiary is not only the student but also the organization served. The goal is to educate students about their roles as engaged citizens and leaders in their communities.

Three key components

Service that meets community needs

The CSL projects are always issue based, meaning they will focus on actual issues and needs identified by the community.

Academic content

CSL is able to enhance student learning by making connections between the theory taught in the classroom and the application of those theories in real-life situations. The community organizations involved become co-educators, providing valuable knowledge and insight into what the students are learning.

Critical reflection

Critical reflection is the process where program participants use their critical thinking skills to analyze their experiences, attitudes, beliefs, and how these were shaped or changed by the project. Critical reflections are done through journal writing, small group discussion, writing analytical papers, and reflective essays.

Co-curricular Community Action projects

Although similar to curricular Community Service Learning (CSL), co-curricular Community Service Learning occurs outside of your registered courses. Co-curricular Community Action Projects come in a variety of durations, with different expectations and responsibilities. We are currently redesigning our program offerings, more opportunities will be available in the coming months. Please email the program coordinator to learn about other opportunities at


To join our waitlist, email

Community Restart Projects will provide UBC students at the Okanagan campus opportunities to support local non-profit organizations in post-pandemic recovery initiatives. This could be supporting a new initiative or helping to relaunch or maintain existing programming.

We are collaborating with partners to design these opportunities, which will launch in the coming months. Students will be matched with projects that fit their interests, skills, and level of time commitment.

Please fill out our application form in order to be matched with an opportunity!


Registration will open in January 2022

Are you looking for something interesting to do during reading week this February? Join other UBC students in making a difference in the community by participating in a United Way ‘Day of Caring’ project. We run two projects each day (February 17 to 21) of reading week. You can choose from morning or afternoon projects. Only 50 spots available.

If you think you would like to make a difference and meet new people while having fun volunteering this is a great opportunity for you!

Register now

Questions? Contact us

Robyn Bunn
Student Experience Office, University Centre 329
Email: or
Tel: 250 807 8665 (phone not currently in use, please reach out by email)