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Frequently Asked Questions


Here are some frequently asked questions about the Center for Learning through Service at AACC. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email or call 410-777-2053.

What is service-learning?
Service-learning combines academic studies with community volunteer service, enhancing student learning through a hands-on service experience that meets a community need. 

Is service-learning the same as internships?
Although service-learning and internships are somewhat related, service-learning is strictly volunteerism that is integrated within a course with faculty-guided reflection. Internships are often paid positions and are career-focused. 

Is there a service-learning requirement for graduation at AACC?
No, there is not a graduation requirement at AACC for service-learning participation. 

What are some examples of the types of service work I could perform?
Diverse volunteer opportunities are available ranging from working with children, elderly, and animals, or working on environmental and health issues. There are more than 100 opportunities available in the community and more than a dozen available on campus.

How is service-learning integrated within a course?
Faculty members choose to require service-learning, to make service-learning optional, or to offer service-learning as extra credit. The faculty members determine the service hours required for their course (usually between 10 and 20 hours) and create the reflection assignment that accompanies the service the students perform.

What if my instructors do not offer service-learning and I want to participate?
You may visit the Center for Learning through Service and arrange an individual volunteer project. You may also wish to speak with your instructors and tell them of your desire to participate in a service-learning project and see if they will work with you on arranging such an exercise.

Can I do service-learning in more than one class?
Yes, but it is the responsibility of the student to work this out with each instructor to ensure that all course requirements are met.

Can I do my service-learning where I currently work or volunteer?
No, typically a service-learning experience is designed to give you a new experience.

How many hours do I have to volunteer? 
Check your course syllabus. Typical assignments range from 10 to 20 hours.

Can I volunteer at an agency that is not on the list of approved agencies?
No, there are legal and logistical issues involved in selecting community partners; therefore, you may select only from the approved list.

How can I get a nonprofit organization added to the approved list of agencies?
Contact the Center for Learning through Service and provide the name of the organization, a contact person's name, phone number, and email address. We will contact the organization.