Service hours are set by the particular project to which the team has been assigned; therefore they may vary. They can range from serving three weeks straight for 12 to 14 hours a day (such as disaster relief work or fire-fighting, where the need is great) to serving hours that resemble more of a regular work week (Monday to Friday or Tuesday to Saturday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM).
Members participate in service-learning activities that are designed to increase their understanding of the service they do, the communities where they serve, and the importance of civic responsibility. Examples of service-learning activities include doing research about a project that a team will do, participating in structured reflection sessions and keeping a journal about the
Members will receive a variety of training and learn different skills through the service projects they perform. All members receive CPR/First Aid and Disaster Relief certification training from the Red Cross. They learn leadership skills, conflict management, team-building, community building, and many practical skills through formal and informal learning environments. Service learning is a priority for
Yes. All members will develop an individual learning plan at the beginning of the year that outlines their personal learning goals while they are in the program.
Yes, we currently offer undergraduate credit for the following courses: Introduction to Service Learning (3 credit hours) and Supervisory Skills (3 credit hours). Team Leaders can pursue credit in both courses whereas Members are only eligible to pursue credit in the Introduction to Service Learning course. Both courses require classroom and fieldwork throughout the year of service culminating with a final exam.
No. All members receive basic disaster relief training like CPR and first aid, but members must qualify for fire-fighting training by successfully completing an endurance test.
Teams travel to the project site in a 15-passenger van. Some team members will be certified as drivers. Certified drivers must attend a driver’s class and take a driver’s test at the campus. These are the only members who will be permitted to drive the
A spike is a project that requires the team to establish temporary housing in the community where the project is being conducted because it is too far from the campus to travel to and from every day. Spike accommodations have included camping, military facilities, youth hostels, cabins, private residences, dormitories, etc. The team will live in that community for the duration of the project in whatever facilities that are provided.