Becoming a Duke service-learning partner
Service-learning is an exciting, hands-on approach to education in which community agencies partner with Duke faculty members. Together, they arrange service projects and experiences that meet the educational goals of a course as well as providing a needed service in the community.
Through service-learning courses, Duke students have tutored and mentored children, interacted with patients and elders, conducted research, developed curricula, built houses, designed devices for the disabled, staged chemistry demonstrations, tested water quality, and produced documentaries.
Because service-learning placements are tied to a course and monitored by faculty members, student “volunteers” tend to be highly reliable and motivated. In addition, Service-Learning staff members are available to help identify appropriate semester-long activities, offer advice, and act as a liaison when appropriate.
Duke Service-Learning endorses the Principles of Good Community-Campus Partnerships developed by Community-Campus Partnerships for Heath (CCPH).
New opportunities for service-learning partnerships are limited, but every semester a small number of faculty members ask us to help them identify new community partners for their service-learning courses. We would be happy to circulate information about your organization.
Other opportunities at Duke
For general information about recruiting Duke students as volunteers (not necessarily in a service-learning context), submit an opportunity through Duke's Community Service Center.
The Community Service Center office can work with your staff to locate volunteers, help you become a community-based employer in the federal work-study program, and assist you in becoming better known to the Duke community.
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