Service learning is an educational approach that combines community service with structured learning opportunities. It provides students with the chance to expand their undergraduate experience by gaining exposure to complex social issues. Service locations can range from local to far away, such as the ESOL Language Partner program on campus or the America Reads*America Counts program in Prince George's County public schools. At Dordt University, they understand that learning should lead to service and that service can improve learning. That's why they offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, both in the community and around the world.
The best part? These service programs are mainly driven by students' personal commitment to a life of Christian service. As students help those around them, they also gain experience in planning, organizing, and leadership. Internationalism has been a core value of UCI since its founding. International Service Learning embodies this spirit through service and learning. Students take part in service programs offered by universities and partner institutions.
By working in education, social welfare, and development, each student can pursue their interests in the global field. UCI also offers international programs, such as SLAN (Service-Learning Asia Network). Through this network, UCI has partnered with some institutions in Asia to create a collaborative network of service-learning programs. Students carry out service activities with students from host institutions in schools and social welfare organizations in rural areas or areas affected by poverty. One example of this is the Community Outreach Program (COP) offered by Petra Christian University. Through this program, UCI students have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those around them while gaining valuable experience.