Ferrum’s First Year Volunteer Exploration
initiative from FOSL to provide all first year students with the opportunity
to engage in at least 2 hours of volunteer service during fall semester.
- During the Gateway
Weekend Service Learning Challenge, first year students will learn
about and choose from among the volunteer opportunities that community
partners have listed.
- Utilizing student
choices, the Ferrum Office of Service Learning (FOSL) will determine
placements to make sure there is a good balance with community needs
and student interests.
- Students will
be notified to come by the FOSL to sign a “contract” showing that
they are committed to carrying out the placement at the appointed
time and place
- Become physically
and mentally engaged in an organized project that serves the community
- Discover, first
hand, how personal interests and skills match with efforts to address
a community need
- Become familiar
with people in a nearby communities who can serve as leadership role
- Seek out opportunities
to use the volunteer experience in a classroom or club environment
THE FERRUM COLLEGE DEFINITION OF SERVICE LEARNING
Service Learning Requires:
collaboration between the college and one or more communities.
meet community-defined needs.
may be integrated into the academic curriculum (course-based,
credit bearing) or may be implemented as a co-curricular
either case, service learning requires time for reflection
(critical thinking, writing or talking) about the experience.
service learning enriches classroom knowledge and skills,
develops a sense of caring for others, and develops
Contact Dr. Susan Virginia Mead
Director of Service Learning
& the Bonner Program