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.

Climate Action Projects

Climate Action Projects will provide opportunities for students to work with partners both on and off campus on projects that will contribute to reducing emissions and addressing climate change. Projects aim to support UBC’s commitments to the Okanagan campus’ Climate Action Plan and support new initiatives with community partners. To learn more, contact

Reading Week volunteer program

Join the Get Involved Leaders and other UBC students in making a difference in the community by volunteering during Reading Week. We have opportunities November 13 to 16 with community and campus partners. Spots are limited, sign up is first come, first served.

Sign-up here

Contact us and get involved

Facebook: @ubcgetinvolved

Questions? Contact us

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