What is Service Learning?
Service Learning is NOT volunteerism or completing a required number of community service hours.
Rather, "Service learning is a form of experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students work with others through a process of applying what they are learning to community problems, and at the same time, reflecting upon their experience as they seek to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding for themselves" (Eyler and Giles 1999).
All students at ANCS participate in Service Learning as an integral part of our curriculum. As they study concepts from their academic subjects, students identify a real problem or need within a community, and design and implement a project to address that need.
At the end of the project, students reflect on their experience - a key component of Service Learning. Reflection requires students to synthesize what they learned in the classroom with what they experienced, thus creating new meaning and deepening their knowledge of course content. Critical reflection challenges students to examine and question their beliefs, opinions, and values. Through Service Learning, students grow in their self-awareness and confidence and increase their understanding of the world around them.