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Benefits of Service Learning

IUPUI defines service learning as “A course or competency-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students (a) participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and (b) reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and (c) an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.” 

The benefits of a service-learning project are numerous; we’ve outlined just a few of the perks below.

  • Develop research skills
  • Refine your interpersonal skills
  • Boost your critical thinking skills
  • Learn to see multiple viewpoints
  • Better understand how to access the larger community as a resource for skill building and learning
  • Identify multiple stakeholders and their interests
  • Interact with diverse populations
  • Gain career experience
  • Expand your professional network
  • Engage in community problem solving at local, national, and international levels
  • Opportunity to serve the community

Furthermore, most students agree that service-learning courses…

  • Deepened their interest in the subject matter
  • Enhanced their understanding of course content
  • Enabled them to apply skills and concepts learned in class
  • Influenced their values, beliefs and attitudes
  • Increased their self-esteem
  • Were beneficial to the community