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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 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 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 email@example.com.
Registration is now open!
Join the Get Involved Leaders and other UBC students in making a difference in the community by participating in a Reading Week Project. We have opportunities to volunteer on February 20, 21, and 22 with our community partners. Sign up for one or more shifts, and volunteer once or as much as you like! Spots are limited, sign up is first come first serve.
UBC’s Okanagan campus is situated on the territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation