Monday, October 29, 2018

Community Service VS. Service Learning

Community service is a project that an individual or group works on to help out members of their community - churches, other individuals, non profit organizations, etc. Community service provides something to the community that is needed, and those involved will hopefully learn life skills along the way.

Service learning is different from community service. Whereas the goal of community service is providing the service, and the learning is subsequent, in service learning it is the other way around. The primary goal is learning, and service is secondary. The person/group being helped is still receiving the same amount of service, if not more, but the learning from the experience is so much more.

A group or individual involved in a service learning project will generate ideas on how to help, come up with an action plan, perform the service, and reflect upon their experiences. Through this process there will be personal growth and understanding of a situation bigger than themselves.

Describe a service learning project that you have been apart of (or one that you know of).

Who was helped in the process?

What was learned?


Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, November 2nd.

28 comments:

  1. Every summer, I go on mission trips with my church. We get to learn about how to use tools and how to form relationships with different people. I have built a wheel chair ramp, replaced siding on a house, replaced windows, fixed a whole side of a house including the foundation, and replaced the roof of a car port. All of these things have increased my knowledge in working with other people, in different situations,in different places, and with a large variety of tools. Although we still provide service to people, we increase our knowledge as well.

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  2. Teresa Avogaro
    Every summer, except for election year, my church goes to Juja, Kenya in Africa for a mission trip. Prior to going, they learn about what it takes to lead and love all people of the world and really be for people. They learn about the orphanage that we partner with and what they need in their community to get better. Then they go out for two weeks and help out in the community and the orphanage and learn more about the city and area itself. In the process, the community, especially the orphanage was helped and things are rebuilt. They learn all about being for people, loving others well, and the culture and community of Juja/how to help.

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  3. I'm not sure if this would be considered service learning or just volunteering but my mom and I volunteer at a retirement home together. We had to take a class before because a lot of the people that live there have alzheimer's so we had to learn what to do in certain situations. I love going there because we've made relationships with the people that live there and they always look forward to seeing us. Volunteering there has taught me some of the most important life lessons I think I'll ever need to know.

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  4. Savannah Wilder
    I babysit a little girl who's school just did a community garden. The people who were helped were the kids at the school get to use it as well as the members of the community around it. The students learned that it is always good to give back to the community as well as learning to plant.

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  5. I volunteer with ROTC and right now we are working with the Travis Manion Foundation on a variety of different things. I have gotten to know one of the ladies who helps to coordinate the different volunteer opportunities that this foundation is a part of. As I got to know her, I learned more about what this foundation stood for and the good it does for everyone. They help so many people; however, they mostly focus on veterans and soldiers. I got to see first hand the impact that this foundation left on people at the Heroes Run on 9/11. The people who volunteer with this organization learn so many valuable skills and the importance of helping everyone. They have learned that every choice we make impacts those around us, and that it is important to make choices that benefit others around you.

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  6. I went on a mission trip to New Orleans a few summers back, and my group and I helped run a daily summer camp for kids around the area. We were in central NOLA, so that meant some kids weren't shown care or love, didn't know Christ or they maybe even didn't have many opportunities to eat. We provided them love, care, snacks, and most importantly we shared the gospel. The kids would learn memory verses and that means they would hopefully understand that God is real and always with them. This will benefit them in the sense that they will know Christ forever, and remember what we taught them at that summer camp.

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  7. I’ve never done one before but I would do the habitat for humanity and help them build housing for families with low income.

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  8. Madison Meyer
    Every year my church goes on a mission trip to Juja, Kenya. Before going a team of leaders teaches the group of students going how to communticate and learn in the way students over there learn, and they prepare them for sights they will see when they get there. The harsh living situatons and just preparing to see all of those things. Overall, going over there they help kids but the biggest impact is the effect the kids have on the students and team there. It really opens their eyes and effects how they view the world for the better.

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  9. Me and some other servers started a knitting group at the retirement home i used to work at. We spent an hour or two a week knitting with elderly folks who were struggling with the early stages of Alzheimer's. Aside from the number of blankets we finished we provided companionship that was eye opening for us as well.

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  10. Two years ago, I volunteered in my church helping the teachers who taught English classes. I taught them some things myself such as how I remembered certain rules by helping them make connections between past and new knowledge.I was able to help since most of the people receiving my help had Spanish as their native language as well. I learned a lot about the difference between teaching children from adults.

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  11. lina fluegel
    a few years ago a few friends and I went to the rainbow room around the holidays and helped rapped gifts for kids who's family can't afford to buy them anything. it really opened my eyes to realize how much we might take for granted everyday in life but we are so so lucky. I have also done some volunteeer work at a church in the past where we went out into the community to help the needy .

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  12. Celicia Creswell
    In folklorico we have competition and Round Rock and Stony Points folklorico host it while everybody from the start or city's come to dance. So we always have to clean it at the end of the day. So stay until 3 am cleaning the school so it could look like we were never there. So we all work together to get out faster and it teaches me that you can work faster if yall are more of a team.

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  13. Maddison Labrie
    A service learning project I have been apart of is a mission trip in New Orleans. Over 25,000 people were gathered in one city and helped the community in various ways. My team was in charge of cutting down the parks unwanted plants, even though we got into poison ivy. I learned that if you work together as a team the task will be accomplished faster and done better all together.

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  14. One service learning project I did was my Girl Scout Silver Award Project. The purpose of the project was to help incoming sixth grade girls feel confident in themselves as they enter middle school. I made a website that answered questions about middle school, talked about the changes they'll face going through this big transition, and how to handle those situations. The goal of this project was to help these incoming middle school girls be prepared for middle school and find their confidence. Through the project, the girls learned not only to accept the many changes coming their way in sixth grade but also to embrace them, and to know how to be most prepared for this big change they're going through.

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  15. For the past few summers, I've gotten the opportunity to go to Guatemala with my church for a mission trip. We lead a Vacation Bible School at a local school, went around the neighborhoods and give out food, and helped build 2 houses for families in need. We not only got to teach the kids at the local school about Jesus, but we also got to share God's love with the families in the community. Being there really opened up my eyes and taught me to be content with what I have because there are people in this world that have so much less than us and they are more content.

    Natalie Neidig

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  16. Lea C
    This year, I am part of the team that is organizing Adopt-A-Child throughout the whole district. We are helping students in need have a holiday that they wouldn't have otherwise. This project benefits elementary school students but we are also trying to find a way to help the secondary students in need. This project has taught me how much of an impact this can have on the students receiving and the students who are giving.

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  17. The National Youth Leadership Council is an organization that teaches students (primarily K-12) the importance of volunteer based service and practice. This organization benefits a number of people through volunteer work, as well as teach the students who volunteer valued training and technical assistance.

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  18. I helped organize and participated in a backyard bible club, which allowed the leaders learn the lessons, then teach it to the kids. This also allowed the leaders learn how to teach, interact with kids, and how to organize a lesson.

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  19. My church introduced me to the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics is an event held at Round Rock High School were students with special needs that compete in specific sports. When I volunteered I worked with the competitors in the track division. I cheered on them as well when they were competing. In this process I directed the special needs kids in to the correct division in which they were competing in. Cheering them on made them excited to try their hardest competing.I learned how to work with special needs kids and how they cope with things. I also learned different type of special needs kids such as down syndrome or autism. This experience influenced me to want to work with special needs kids in the future.

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  20. Allison Garcia
    A year ago, I volunteered at my church during Christmas. We wrapped gifts and gave them to the children.

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  21. Kallie Lopez
    Every summer since my 8th grade year I have been on a 10 day long mission trip to many different places, and learned a lot of skills to help the community and their needs but also social skill to build relationships. I have learned how to paint the right way (I didn't realize painting a house needed so many instructions), how to build and measure wood for a goat shed, and also how to cook meals for a group over 60. I learned a lot more but these skills have shown me how to be productive and be involved in things a lot of people don't usually enjoy like building, but also with the skills I learned how to use those opportunities to have conversations with people and really get to know them on a deeper level.

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  22. I have not done community service but my sister has. For church, last year she got to go to Alaska to help underprivileged kids. She did a clothing drive and got to fold clothes and separate them by sizes, to hand out to underprivileged people on the streets. She learned that a lot of people actually benefit from clothing drives, and also that even the smallest gestures can make people super happy.

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  23. I am apart 0f a organization named top teens,and before the school year we made backpacks for less fortunate students and it benefited them because they had snacks and school supply for the first 2 weeks of school.

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  24. Every summer I teach preschoolers at a church during Vacation Bible school. It helps the parents have a couple hours to themselves and helps me learn how to handle multiple little kids at once.

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  25. Iam going to start going to a animal shelter and help groom animals and help them find great homes to go to. This is helping dogs by giving them a big place to live besides in a sage. They deserve better. They deserve to be happy like the rest of the dogs. I am also doing this help get 80 hours so that when I graduate I get recognized.

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  26. A service learning project that I have been apart of was when I went on a mission trip last summer. My pastor is very big on having the youth of our church not only learn about God, but also learn from helping people. She had our youth group sit down months before the mission trip and plan what we wanted to help with. We all had to create different ideas and plan how we were going to execute them. Eventually we came up with the idea to help build houses that were affected by hurricane harvey that were father inland. These houses had been forgotten about and brushed over because most of the population didn’t know some of these small towns were affected. We requested to help build the house of a 76 year old lady named, Mrs.Ramirez. We were taught how to put up sheetrock and drywall. When the week was over we had finished putting up the sheetrock and drywall. We helped finish Mrs.Ramirez's house. What I learned from this experience was being able to work with a team not only on drywall, but also creating a plan to help. How to organize a project this big and how to put it into action.

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  27. Celicia C
    Every year in this club called El Amistad has a fiesta and raise money so that they can give it to seniors who earned a scholarship from them to help them go to colleges.

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