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.