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How is CBSL different from volunteering, an internship, or a co-op? 

CBSL programs are distinguished from other approaches to experiential learning, such as internships, co-ops, or volunteering, by their intention to benefit the provider and the recipient of the service, as well as to ensure equal focus on both the service being provided and the learning that is occurring (Furco, 1996, p. 12-14). The service to the community is integrated into a course in a way that supports or enhances existing academic standards and expectations, through related readings, presentations, and assignments. Students are also provided ongoing opportunities for reflection, which helps to deepen analysis of the course objectives by asking students to think critically, make meaning and extract learning out of their experiences, and identify how their understanding of course content, thoughts, and beliefs may change over the semester.

Interested in learning more?

Contact the Service Learning Office:
Student Centre, 4th Floor, Room 406
Service.Learning@smu.ca
(902) 491-6572