Loyola University Chicago


Center for Experiential Learning

How Do I Serve?

"This entire volunteering experience was very unique and special and I am thankful I had the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with those who are less fortunate than me." Creighton Chaney, Service-Learning Student

Once you register for a service-learning course at Loyola University, your professor will inform you of the kind of service-learning experience that is expected.  Generally, there are three models of service-learning at Loyola:

  • Placement - students are expected to find a community organization with which to serve or your professor will provide you with a list of acceptable organizations where you can serve.
  • Project - you will work with your peers in the classroom to generate a product for a community organization.
  • Education/Advocacy - your class works on an education or advocacy campaign that informs the community or advances a cause.

In each of these models, a fundamental goal is to connect your service experience with the classroom content.  Your professor will have assignments and reflection activities that will help you make these connections.

As you serve, we ask you to consider the following components of service-learning that advance social justice:

  • Encounter - be open to building inclusive and caring relationships with individuals you meet as you serve.
  • Engage - consider the context (historical, political, economic, socio-cultural) as you serve and think about how your service is part of the broader dynamic of Chicago's communities.
  • Common Good - be mindful of how service and action in our communities can build both equity and access so that all might participate in the gifts of creation.
  • Transformation - be open to new perspectives and ideas that may transform the way you think about your personal, career, and civic development.

Now review the following links that will help you understand better how to: