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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:

  1. 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)

  2. 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.)

  3. 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.)

  4. Every other week complete a service-learning hours form.  This will be sent to you through an e-mail by the service-learning office.

  5. Communicate regularly with your classroom instructor and site organization supervisor regarding questions, concerns, or learning needs.

  6. Complete service-learning reflections and assignments in course syllabus

  7. 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