Service–Learning is an educational approach in which the learner is directly in touch with the realities being studied, rather than simply reading about, hearing about or talking about these realities. Service-learning creates an unparalleled opportunity to explore and realize a high standard of academic achievement, intercultural empathy, and lifelong social action. By extending learning from the classroom to the community, students cultivate sustainable partnerships in their community that nurture civic responsibility and impact social issues.
It combines community involvement with academic instruction and is linked to specific classes as either a requirement or an option. Service-learning is an opportunity for students to earn academic credit while serving their community and reflecting on the experience. Students who participate in service-learning work cooperatively with faculty and social service agencies to learn about issues in our community while acting to address them. Through service-learning and reflection, students can develop important skills to empower themselves and others to positively impact the community.
Advantages of service–learning include the opportunity to enhance understanding of course content, build experience for a resume, explore career options, broaden one's knowledge of the community, and do something for others.