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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.
The CSL projects are always issue based, meaning they will focus on actual issues and needs identified by the community.
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 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.
Although similar to curricular Community Service Learning (CSL), co-curricular Community Service Learning occurs outside of your registered courses. Co-curricular CSL projects come in a variety of durations, with different expectations and responsibilities. The following projects are currently being offered:
Make a difference in someone’s life by helping them with technology skills. We have a variety of ways to get involved as a technology tutor or workshop leader. Some of the ways you can get involved include:
This program is located at George Pringle Elementary School. This academic based program takes a holistic approach to the well being of every child. It focuses on helping children from grades two to six keep pace with their grade and their peers. Preferred time commitment is one to two hours a week but they will accept bi-weekly (every other week) participation as well. Must have your own transportation, the school is located in West Kelowna and accessible by bus. Beyond the Bell is operated by the YMCA of the Okanagan.
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!
UBC’s Okanagan campus is situated on the territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation