Student Guide to Service Learning

Tips for Students Exploring Service-Learning Opportunities

Students washing lettuce at Jones Valley Urban Farm

When exploring volunteer opportunities, we advise that you do the following:

  • Contact the organization and inquire about their specific needs at this time. What will you be doing to help?
  • Assess your strengths and weaknesses. Utilize your strengths by making a contribution to an organization by doing critical work. Or, expand your skills by tackling challenges in a new environment.
  • Ensure finding a “good fit” volunteer opportunity, by taking the time to explore various causes, projects, and communities. Feel free to consider your interests which may include health, the environment, social services, world hunger, education, or animal welfare. You may want to look at UAB projects or helping the homeless, the elderly, children, or a faith-based initiative.
  • Make sure that you are making a realistic commitment. Remember, they will be counting on your services.