Dear Service-Learning Student:
On behalf of Bethel University, we want to welcome you into this dynamic learning experience. By taking a service-learning course you are entering into a learning experience that connects classroom theory with real-life experience. In order for you to successfully complete your service-learning experience, we kindly request that you review the following information regarding service-learning.
Service-Learning is the combination of academic coursework with carefully planned, meaningful service that provides direct benefits to the community. Each student will spend 25 hours throughout the semester working with a community organization.
The goals of Service-Learning are:
To enhance classroom learning
To provide direct service that benefits the community
To promote service, citizenship, and a sense of connection to others
As a service-learning student you need to commit to the following:
Complete the service-learning site application (this must be done by the second class period of the semester. If you fail to complete this application, your service-learning grade will be negatively impacted)
Contact your placement agency to schedule orientation training. (This must be done by Monday of the second week of classes. The Bethel service-learning office will introduce you to your site supervisor through an e-mail at the end of the first week of class. It is your responsibility to follow up with that e-mail.)
Arrange for your own transportation to your service-learning site. (The service-learning office will share a list of other students serving at your site or a site nearby so that you can easily arrange to carpool.)
Every other week complete a service-learning hours form. This will be sent to you through an e-mail by the service-learning office.
Communicate regularly with your classroom instructor and site organization supervisor regarding questions, concerns, or learning needs.
Complete service-learning reflections and assignments in course syllabus
Each site supervisor will provide an individual evaluation of each service-learning student. Here is a copy of the evaluation form that site supervisors will compete at the end of the semester. Service-Learning Student Evaluation
We would highly recommend that you start planning now for this service-learning experience. Please look over the available community organizations (Service-Learning Partners Flyer) and the times that you are able to volunteer at each site. Once you have identified a site and times to volunteer, fill out the service-learning site application at Frogtown and Summit University- Service Learning- Students page.
Any questions or concerns, please contact Tanden Brekke at 651-635-8693 or t-brekke@bethel
Tanden L. Brekke, M.A. | Assistant Director of Service-Learning and Community Engagement
Office of Off-Campus Programs and International Studies
Bethel University | 3900 Bethel Dr. | St. Paul, MN 55112
p 651-635-8693 | cell: 612-205-4723 | http://www.bethel.edu