Service-Learning vs. Volunteerism

The service-learning experience is designed to accomplish service goals and learning goals, without sacrificing one for the other.

Volunteerism

Service-Learning


The focus is on the service provided and the service recipient

Equal focus on the service context and the academic context

Yields specific service outcomes

Yields both service outcomes and learning outcomes

Does not emphasize processing the experience


Places intentional emphasis on critical reflection that connects the service to specific learning objectives

Experience may be measured in the amount of hours served

Experience is measured by the learning that takes place and the service work accomplished