Service Learning

What is Serivce Learning

"Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities." (Learn and Serve Clearinghouse)

Moving beyond the campus walls of Hawaii Pacific University to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to real community needs gives students an opportunity to help their community while gaining real world experience. 

Elements of service learning:

  • Community involvement
  • Course work
  • Reflection

Types of Serivce Learning

Service learning can take serveral different forms.  The table below lists the possible models and gives examples of each.



“Pure” Service Learning

Service Learning 101

Discipline Based Service Learning

Service Learning for Elementary Education

Problem Based Service Learning

Needs assessment for elderly home and project to meet this need

Capstone Courses

Final year course or thesis project that incorporates service learning

Service Internship

20 hr/wk internship at homeless drop-in shelter with reflection

Community-based Action Research

Independent research study for community organization