Community engagement needs to be an exchange, a reciprocal relationship. It’s all about helping students learn about themselves and develop real-life skills from experience.
At Selwyn House, students at all levels are increasingly asked to take responsibilities for helping others. The goal should be service learning, rather than simply community service. Not only to teach responsibility and promote a sense of community, but to enrich a student’s learning experience.
Furthermore, these activities have to be undertaken for their own reward, and not merely to fill an academic requirement. Students start by building their CVs, and somewhere along the line they catch on and find their passion.