Service-learning is an approach to teaching and learning that intentionally combines meaningful community or public service with an academic application, development of civic responsibility and personal growth. Service-learning opportunities are ones that are mutually beneficial. Service-learning opportunities can involve direct service, indirect service, research, or advocacy, and can be either part of a class or co-curricular.
Service-learning is a pedagogy, and as such, service-learning students are not “volunteers” who merely fulfill whatever tasks an agency needs accomplished. The service is as much an integral part of the learning experience as traditional instructional methods, and in a classroom setting, is as much a required component as readings and other assignments.