UFV Service Learning Day – “Education in Action”
Thank you to everyone you participated in UFV's third Service Learning Day. The event was a HUGE success, impacting each particiapnt in a different way. Stay tuned for our next Service Learning day coming in the Fall semester.
This past Febrauary 13th UFV's Student Life Department held the university's first Service Learning Day. Twenty UFV students particpated in a full day of action and reflection working closely with the 5 and 2 ministires at Jubilee Park. Free to participate, and with lunch, transportation and t-shirt included, participants got a backstage pass to the inside workings of the 5 and 2, and insider knowledge on their services for the homeless in the Fraser Valley.
A staple event among many of Canada's top universities, Service Learning Day puts into practice the belief that the best lessons happen outside the classroom. The day is designed as an introductory event for those interested in getting involved with Student Life, giving back to their community or simply meeting new people on campus.
More than classic volunteering, Service Learning Day brings together a group of engaged students, frames their work in a broader educational context and makes volunteerism a vehicle for learning. Service learning is a rewarding way to integrate social responsibility and UFV Institutional Learning Outcomes with hands on community action.
Student Life asks students to come prepared for physical work as helping stock at the Food Bank warehouse requires lifting and bending. Students interested in getting involved should email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Service Learning Day” as subject headline. Spots are limited and participation based on first come first serve basis.
“Service Learning shifts attention away from an exclusive preoccupation with education as private gain and seeks to balance that concern with a focus on the common good”
– Zlotkowski, ‘Service Learning and the First Year Experience’