Service Learning Project

You are asked to undertake a Service Learning Project and to write an ten-entry report about your efforts. Any type of volunteer work is acceptable for this project, so long as it is serving the needs of the larger community in some way.Examples of places to volunteer would be homeless shelters, nursing homes, hospitals, Habitat for Humanity, the Boy and Girl Scouts, churches, mosques, temples, and so on. This Service Learning Project can be a continuation of volunteering you’ve done in the past, butall of the volunteering that you write about in your journal must have been done during the current term.

Instructor Approval:

Before commencing your Service Learning Project, you must have it approved by your instructor (by e-mail). This must be done no later than Week 3 of the course.

Number of Hours Required To Volunteer:

You are expected to volunteer 21 hours between Weeks 4 and 10. This is on an honors system. No proof of your volunteering is required. However, it will not be possible to write a quality Project Report as described below if one does not complete this volunteering.

Are you too busy to do a Service Learning Project?

All students, both residential and online, lead busy lives—full of work and family obligations. The Service Learning Project has been required in the Signature Series since the year 2000. Previous students have found it a focal point of the course and one of the most significant things they did the whole term. The Service Learning Project is the major requirement for one of the three courses in the Signature Series, LA 420 Freedom and Responsibility, and the accomplishing of the project and writing about it seem a fair requirement for the earning of nearly three hours of course credit. The Service Learning Project is, ultimately, an assignment in the course. If this assignment did not exist, another assignment, equally tasking in terms of time and energy, would.

The Ten Entries of the Service Learning Project Report:

Note:These entries will be combined in a single document and turned in during Week 12.None will be turned in before.

Entry 1: Write an entry of 400 words minimum on why you chose your project. Discuss the life or work experiences that may have influenced your selection, including whether these experiences were positive or negative. Consider how issues of community, government or individual responsibility, leadership, productivity, problem solving, work ethic, and/or ambition might have affected your project selection. Most importantly, explain why your project is important to you, as well as to the larger community. Label this entry “Selection of the Service Learning Project.”

Entry 2: Write an entry of 400 words minimum explaining how your project relates to two of the course objectives, Objective 12 and one or two others between 1 and 11 (do not choose objective 13). See the list of course objectives in the Introduction Above. Be sure to explain why you think these objectives are important. Label this entry “Service Learning Project Objective.”

Note: The purpose of this entry is not to tell what you think the objective of your Service Learning Project was; rather, it is, as stated above, to relate your project to specified course objectives.

Entries 3-9: Narrate your experiences on the project each week for seven weeks—unless you combine entries, which is allowed, as long as they meet the minimum word count requirement. Integrate brief references wherever possible to the six values studied in Week 1. Be sure to relate your project experiences briefly to specific ideas in each of the Week 12 readings. Ideally, you will synthesize ideas from these readings in entries 3-7; however, you may also do so in entries 1, 2, and 8. You may also briefly reference ideas from earlier weeks in the course, as well as up to four additional sources you have found in your own research.

A minimum of 500 words must be written each week.

Entries should simply be labeled with the appropriate entry number(s), for example, Entry 3, Entry 4, Entries 5-6, Entries 5-8, and so on.

Entry 10: For the concluding entry of 400 words, labeled ”Conclusions,” summarize your project, its relation to the course themes and readings, and your feelings about your project experiences.

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