Volunteer and Community Service Learning Outcomes

 

Learning Outcomes for Volunteer and Community Service

 

Learning Outcomes for Volunteer Service

Students will be able to:

  1. Reflect on service as a component of active citizenship, community engagement, and social responsibility;
  2. Demonstrate reciprocity and responsiveness in volunteer service* with a community organization;
  3. Describe and analyze the social issues relevant to the community organization.

Learning Outcomes for Community Service

Students will be able to:

  1. Reflect on service as a component of active citizenship, community engagement, and social responsibility;
  2. Demonstrate reciprocity and responsiveness in volunteer service* with a community organization;
  3. Describe and analyze the social issues relevant to the community organization;

*Community service is understood to be a minimum of 20 hours of unpaid, active participation assisting an off-campus community organization in the achievement of its goals, not simply observing the work of the organization.

Reflection Suggestions

*Reflect on your experience of serving a community organization

  • What did you do at the organization?
  • What was the most personally meaningful moment or activity that took place during your service activity?
  • How has this service activity affected your life?
  • What did you learn about yourself as a result of your service activity?
  • Will you continue to make service a part of your life? Why or why not?

Outcome #1: Critically reflect on service as a component of active citizenship, community engagement, and social responsibility

  • What is active citizenship? What does it mean to be a “good” citizen?
  • What does community engagement mean to you?
  • How is community “engagement” different from community “participation”?
  • How do you understand social responsibility? What is the difference between personal responsibility and social responsibility? Describe the connection between social responsibility and being a “good” citizenship?
  • How important is community engagement to you?
  • How does your service work invite you to be engaged with social responsibility?
  • What has community service taught you about citizenship, community engagement, and being a socially responsible citizen?

Outcome #2: Analyze and articulate your experience with reciprocity and responsiveness at your volunteer site

  • What is reciprocity and how does this relate to volunteer service?
  • What is responsiveness and how does this relate to volunteer service?
  • When you first began, what was your opinion of the group that you were serving? What was your understanding of the organization that you were serving? How were your opinions and ideas affected by your service activity?
  • What did you learn from the people you were serving? If you worked with animals, what did you learn from the animals you were serving? How was your approach to service affected by this new understanding?
  • How did your understanding of volunteering change or expand as a result of serving at this organization?
  • Give an example of how you were responsive at your service site.
  • Give an example of when you took part in a reciprocal relationship at your service site

Outcome #3: Demonstrate knowledge about the social issues relevant to the community organization in which you served

  • What are the most important social issues facing the population you served? What are the most pressing challenges and struggles relevant to your population?
  • Show that you understand the complexities of the issues.
  • Are these issues easily solved, difficult to solve? Explain.
  • How is your community organization addressing one or more of these issues?
  • If you were attempting to address one or more of these issues, how would you go about it, given what you have learned working at your community organization?

Reflect on your experience of serving a community organization

  • What did you do at the organization?
  • What was the most personally meaningful moment or activity that took place during your service activity?
  • How has this service activity affected your life?
  • What did you learn about yourself as a result of your service activity?
  • Will you continue to make service a part of your life? Why or why not?

Source: University of Maryland

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