Check out the Campus blog post on Service Learning…
It takes a certain person to “fit” the shoes of nonprofit work. First, you must have passion! You also need to be mission-driven, professional, ethical, flexible, and accountable. Step into a nonprofit office and you’ll notice that every day seems to be different from the next. Deadlines are always looming such as that next grant proposal, fundraiser, board meeting, volunteer day, project launch, etc. but the good news is, you are making a difference! Your work saves lives, the environment… the world!
One of my favorite ways to combine coursework with community work is through Service Learning. It is truly one of the best solutions for students to gain hands-on experience in their field of study by directly working with nonprofit partners in our community. Peninsula College has the unique opportunity to offer their students exceptional service learning experiences that connect students to Elwha River restoration efforts, local tribal nations, and sustainable agriculture opportunities on neighboring farms.
Keep in mind, service learning is more than an internship or volunteer work. The service experience empowers students to apply classroom learning and meaningful reflection to current social issues, environmental concerns, and community needs. Often, it is more meaningful than an internship because students connect with mentors within organizations who help the students to continuously reflect on their career choices, life challenges, and professional growth.
Additionally, service learning experiences require students to apply classroom learning to real-world settings and situations. Service opportunities make learning matter for students. Those who have participated in service learning projects have described it as “free experience” that sets them apart from other graduates or job applicants. Others cite service learning experiences as career-shaping, profound, and inspirational.
Jane Goodall once said, “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference. And we have a choice: What sort of difference do we want to make?” If you are ready to make YOUR difference and experience service learning at Peninsula College, there are a couple of ways to get started.