Community-Based Outreach and Volunteering
This gateway to Community-Based Transformational Learning (CBTL) introduces students to community-based transformational learning pedagogies by allowing them to work with and through local organizations to serve the community. Often viewed as a jumping off point for more involved forms of community-based learning, these short-term experiences offer students the chance to apply course content to real world settings and strengthen their ability to effectively engage others from culturally diverse backgrounds, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, and promote the quality of life in a community.
What makes outreach and volunteering unique?
- Great for first-time experiences and/or co-curricular activities
- These experiences usually anticipate that students will have novice levels of content knowledge and skills of the discipline
- Most students will be new to community-based learning in general
- These experiences last less than 15 hours and can occur in just one visit
- Interaction with the community may be infrequent and casual
- Because these experiences generally don’t last for an extended period of time, reflection can be limited to one activity
What are some of the common forms of community-based outreach and volunteering?
- Community Service (e.g., summer camps, health fairs)
- Public Performances in underserved locations
I want to create my own outreach and volunteering activity. Where can I find support?
There are several offices and departments at UNF to assist you in developing and implementing successfully specific aspects of your community-based outreach or volunteer project.