Institute of Service Learning
Program Description: Service- Learning, as a pedagogical approach is designed to combine reflection with participation in community-based projects to achieve specific learning outcomes. It is credit bearing in that it is part of an academic course or program requirement. Through service- learning, students develop a more integrated understanding of theory, practice, and values.
- Providing quality student community/social engagement that aims to develop critical thinking, civic responsibility, leadership and citizenship, strengthen the value of service, compassion
- Integrating field/community experiences with classroom theories and the students’ own lives;
- Facilitating student and community interaction that results in mutual benefits;
- Reflecting on and drawing out meaning from the students’ community engagement;
- Strengthening the partnership between the university and the partner communities
Service-learning projects involve working with government, non-government, and people’s organizations and institutions some of which the university has established long-standing partnerships in community outreach.
Students will select service opportunities from a wide range of possibilities, including: Children (abandoned, neglected, abused, and or with disabilities); Youth (out of school, disadvantaged, and or in conflict with the law); Women, Farmers and fisher folks; Disaster survivors; Cooperatives Poverty; Community empowerment; Environment; Health; Housing/homelessness; Livelihood; Marine conservation; Special education
Why Choose Silliman University’s Service-Learning Program?
- Strong and sustained ties with partner agencies and communities
- High quality service-learning/study abroad program - strongly committed to helping service-learners understand the technical, cultural, political and social aspects of their community engagement.
- Service-learning core team members have years of experience working with college students and designing international programs that cater to the personal interests and academic goals of our participants.
- Its international partners come from the Europe, USA, and Asia.
- Employs the buddy system where for every team of international service-learners there is a “buddy” who is a Silliman student who works with the team for the entire duration (cultural guide, community facilitator, translator, fellow learner and a friend).
- A choice of a Home stay scheme - service-learners have the opportunity to live with selected Filipino host families in the community as part of cultural and community immersion.
- Provides a variety in the duration of the service-learning program - one week, two-week, three-week, four-week or more of credit-bearing community engagements.
- Conducts an orientation, site monitoring, weekly reflection session, and evaluation of the service-learning experience.