The term service learning is an experiential learning that occurs through meaningful, useful, structured and reflective community service for emphasising the broad learning dimensions implied in the former including personal, social and cognitive development.
Our service learning programmes emphasise personal and community awareness as well as service. Students need to learn to understand how actions are based on personal values and to reflect on and question their own values. If learners are to grow as individuals, it is essential that they engage with their own values and do not see service as a requirement or chore. They need to spend time and effort understanding the purpose of service learning, developing a more sophisticated understanding of the individual as part of the community, developing a sense of responsibility, for themselves and others, and an appreciation of the value and rewards of giving.