What exactly is service learning?
Service learning is an educational experience in which students are involved in organized community service activities that meet the real community identified needs. It is a special teaching process that combines both the organized activity with a guided academic reflection. An active field work is combined with classroom dialogs and student and teacher’s feedbacks. To make the definition of service learning more understandable: This unique experience gives the students the opportunity to work on real problems with a specific community and combine the field experience with classroom sessions. Course materials such as lectures, readings and group discussions are part of the process as well because through these, students get to see the real problems through an academic perspective.
The aim of service learning projects is to educate a student through real issues and develop her or his social skills, ethical responsibilities and analytical abilities. The learning objectives are usually focused on environmental, educational, safety or human issues are designed with community partners and service recipients. Thanks to the practical experience, the projects play a big role in a career development and are applicable to the curriculum of each participant.
Service learning at ILISA
Here at ILISA we like to organize service learning projects according for your desires.
Service learning at ILISA is not only about working, but we can also create programs combining Spanish lessons, cultural activities and excursions to local beaches, rainforests, coffee plantations and other exciting and must-see costarican places. We think that once in Latin America, it is always nice to get both the cultural and the educational experience.
Service learning projects are mainly designed for faculty led programs, although if you want to participate individually, there are some specific projects that can fit your needs, please contact us for more information firstname.lastname@example.org