Service-Learning encourages students to rethink how they learn and why they value their education. As students become involved in their communities, they become active rather than passive learners. While helping to identify and solve problems in their communities, they are building closer connections between their campus and their communities. Service-Learning experiences provide unique opportunities to learn about our increasingly varied and changing world, to understand people and cultures that are unique, and to develop resourcefulness, a stronger inner self, and a clearer sense of personal identity. More than any other type of educational activity, working with others from a different culture and/or economic class can help you begin to think critically about what you have, what you value, what other individuals in your community have a right to expect, and how you contribute to your community.
Excerpted from A Guide for Change: Resources for Implementing Community Service Writing by Ann Watters and Marjorie Ford (San Francisco: McGraw-Hill, 1995).