Types of Service Learning

  • Direct Service-Learning: person-to-person, face-to-face service projects in which the students’ service directly impacts individuals who receive the service from the students. Examples include

    •Tutoring other students and adults
    •Conducting art/music/dance lessons for youth
    •Helping in a homeless shelter

    Indirect Service-Learning: working on broad issues, environmental projects, or community development–projects that have clear benefits to the community or environment, but not necessarily to individually identified people with whom the students are working. Examples include

    •Compiling history facts
    •Restoring or building of structures
    •Park or coastal clean-up, clearing, landscape improvements

    Advocacy Service-Learning: educating others about topics of public interest–projects that aim to create awareness and action on some issue that impacts the community. Examples include

    •Planning and putting on public forums on topics of interest in the community
    •Conducting public information campaigns on topics of interest or local needs
    •Working with elected officials to draft legislation to improve communities

    Support Service-Learning: volunteering with an agency or organizing program to collect, serve, work, etc. that benefits individuals or community as a support to another entity. Examples include

    •Collecting non-perishables to donate to an organization
    •Hosting an event where proceeds to donated items are given to or benefit an organization
    •Volunteering to work a booth or table at fair or community event for an organization