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In service-learning, faculty use directed-reflection to help students integrate theory and experience through a combination of classroom and community-based experiences. Students may participate through service-learning designated courses, through Service-Learning Abroad programs, and through the Service-Learning Scholars Program.
A service-learning experience involves substantial academic work in conjunction with performing community service. The readings and writing involved with faculty direction help students connect theory learned in the class with experience “on the ground.” Follow the link below to search for a current list of DLE courses, including those with a service-learning component that meet the DLE requirement.
Volunteers provide enthusiastic, but limited service, with no direct academic content. They might participate in a local clean-up effort, or help plan and execute a one-time event, or spend an hour a week reading in a local school. Their efforts are important to the community partners.
For general information on volunteering visit the Bank of America Career Services website. A list of non-profit volunteer agencies and their volunteer needs can be found on the Blue Hen Jobs database, as well as many other career enhancing opportunities. Also, each year the Bank of America Career Services Center holds a career fair which includes volunteer opportunities with community agencies. This year the fair will be held on Tuesday, September 23 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Delaware State Office of Volunteerism has an interactive website, Volunteer Delaware, which serves as a matchmaker between individuals and organizations. Its focus is on Delaware agencies and it enables students to find local volunteer opportunities.
Students may also volunteer as members of RSOs (Registered Student Organizations). Note that while there are organizations dedicated to community service, many other organizations also provide short-term volunteer opportunities.
The University of Delaware Alternative Break (UDaB) program immerses student-led teams in direct service and experiential learning with community organizations to increase knowledge of social justice issues and encourage life-long active citizenship. Visit the UDaB web page for more information.