SERVICE-LEARNING PROGRAM


Matching UHM’s Institutional Learning Outcomes, one of HELP’s Program Learning Outcomes is for students “to demonstrate personal development . . . (by) participation in activities with the larger community both on and off campus.” Service Learning is one way to fulfill this outcome and it is required of all HELP students.

 

What is Service Learning?

Service Learning is a method by which students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community.

How will service learning help me learn and develop?

Service-Learning helps you…

  • discover the connection between your classroom studies and the real world
  • gain experiences and possible career skills that will enhance your resume
  • develop writing, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • learn how to communicate across cultures and generations

What is the difference between service learning and volunteering?

Doing a service, such as a beach cleanup or helping children in an after-school program, are unpaid, volunteer activities. These types of service become “service-learning” when they require the student to prepare a critical reflection on each service in the form of an essay, presentation, or the completion of a survey questionnaire.

 

What kind of service can I participate in?

There are a wide variety of service options. Some are one-day events, such as  serving a meal at a homeless shelter or helping at a cultural festival, and others are term-long commitments, such as visiting the elderly at a retirement home or doing after-school activities with elementary school children.

Please note: While we would like you to be able use both listening and speaking skills in English during the activities, you may not always be required to speak with others; for example, you may be asked to put away books in a school library by yourself. For all activities, you will have to listen to instructions in English. Then, it is your responsibility to try to speak with those you meet because people may think you cannot speak much English since you are an ESL student.

 

How many hours of service is required?

Every student is required to serve a minimum of six hours per term. HELP encourages students to serve more hours at one or more sites

 

What proof of the hours of service can I show to other educational institutions or an employer?

At the end of each term, you will receive a digital service-learning badge that corresponds to the number of hours you worked. Any school or employer can view your badge on the HELP website, or your own website, along with a description of it.

There are three levels of badge awards:

  1. Green = 6 hours
  2. Purple = 10 hours
  3. Blue = 15+ hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do I get started?

There are three (3) steps in completing the service-learning requirement:

1.  Choose  

During the first week of the term, select a service-learning activity that is good for you. If you have any questions about these options, please speak with the service learning coordinator. When you are ready, please sign up for at least 6 hours of service learning. You will need to sign up for your first service by the beginning of the second week of the term. If you need more hours during the term, please see the coordinator for more choices.


2.  Serve   

Service learning is an important part of your studies at HELP. You will do some volunteer work at a place not far from the university. You will be working with other HELP students, and you will need to work closely and communicate with your service learning organization. Please do your best because your organization will rely on you.


3.  Reflect  

During and after your service learning, you will be asked to write about your experiences or give a presentation. These writing projects and presentations are an important step in service learning. They will help you to understand the value of your service learning while learning to express yourself in English.

 

SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Summer 1 2015

*Aloha Harvest

[For all levels]

Duties:  You will assist the staff with labeling pans/boxes and cookbooks, and shred paper.

(Application forms must be filled out before volunteering.)

 

*Hale Ola Kino  [Rehabilitation and Nursing Home Facility]

[For Intermediate level and higher]

Duties: You will assist the activities supervisor with exercise activities and share conversations with the residents.

(MUST read training information handouts.)

 

*Hawaii Bicycling League  (HBL)

[For Intermediate levels and higher]

Duties: You will do light office work – stuff envelopes, make phone calls, make membership kits, mailing member cards, organizing inventory, events planning, etc.

 

*Ho‘oulu ‘Aina

[For all levels]

Duties:  3 choices.

1) Work in the garden – pull weeds/prepare garden for planting;

2) Help in the kitchen to prepare the lunch.

3) Help with planting and clearing the forest.

(Must fill out waiver forms.)

 

*Ka Papa Lo’i o Kanewai

[For all levels]

Duties: Help ‘malama’ (care for) the lo’i (taro patch)– do yard work/community clean-up.

3 choices:

1) Help clear and prepare the lo’i (taro patch)

2) Assist the staff with cleaning the taro

3) Help clear out Manoa Stream

(The garden provides experiential learning opportunities to school and community groups in the traditional farming practices and culture of Native Hawaiians.)

(Must fill out waiver forms.)

 

*Leahi Hospital  [Skilled Nursing Facility]

 

[For Intermediate level and higher]

Duties:  You will assist the hospital staff in transporting patients (in wheelchairs) to and from the activities area; Assist with activities (with the residents), exercise, and games or craft-making.

 

*River of Life Mission

[For Intermediate level and higher]

Duties: You will assist staff with serving snacks, coffee/juice and cleaning up in the dining room; Possibly assist staff in the kitchen – preparing the food – cutting vegetables, or making salads.

 

*YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association)

[Only for high-intermediate level]

Duties: You will assist with light office work or assist with the donation

 

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Special Events

 *Hawaii Foodbank

Senior Food Box Packing (May 30, 2015)

[The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a brand new program by the USDA, and the Hawaii Foodbank is one of only 7 in the nation that’s been chosen to participate. Because our seniors, age 60 and older, are a large segment of the population affected by hunger, due to living on fixed incomes and having rising medical costs, this program helps supplement their monthly groceries with healthier choice food items than they might otherwise have the opportunity to buy.]

[For Intermediate levels and higher]

Duties: You will help pack 2400 food boxes [for our low-income kupuna (seniors)].

Covered shoes are mandatory for this event; cool comfortable clothing as well as sunscreen, sunglasses and hats are suggested.

 

Waikiki Aquarium

Invasive Algae Clean-up  (June 6, 2015)

Unfortunately, several species of alien algae have become established on Hawaii’s reefs, and have contributed towards the decline of several reef areas. One such area is the reef fronting the Aquarium, and here efforts have been underway since 2002 to remove these alien species and to restore the reef to its natural condition. Driven by Dr Celia Smith and her students at the University of Hawaii’s Department of Botany, this Waikiki Aquarium/Botany Department collaboration is a community-oriented project that seeks to remove the alien algae from the reef ecosystem by picking them from the substrate and loading them onshore. Care is taken that any native species inadvertently collected by volunteers is returned to the ocean. The alien algae are weighed, to assess both the scale of the challenge and the effectiveness of the removal efforts, and transported to Honolulu Zoo. There the algae are added to the Zoo’s compost pile, which is used to fertilize the plants on the Zoo grounds and available for public use.

[For Intermediate level and higher]

Duties:  Assist with removing invasive algae (seaweed) from the reef area (at beach behind the Aquarium).

 

SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Spring 2 2015

 

*Aloha Harvest

[For all levels]

Duties:  Assist the staff with labeling pans/boxes and cookbooks, and shred paper.

(Application forms must be filled before volunteering.)

 

* Walk To Cure ArthritisArthritis Foundation

[For all levels]

Duties:  Assist with various duties.

 

*Blue PlanetEarth DayIsland Pulse Instagram Campaign

[For Advanced level only]

Duties:  Volunteers’ job is to engage with people at each Earth Day events to take the challenge – encouraging everyone to take a photo either with our kiosk near by or a laptop screen that we will prepare.

 

*Hale Ola Kino  [Rehabilitation and Nursing Home Facility]

[For Intermediate level and higher]

Duties: You will assist the activities supervisor with exercise activities and share conversations with the residents.

(Training information handouts MUST be read before.)

 

*Hawaii Bicycling League  (HBL)

[For Intermediate levels and higher]

Duties: You will do light office work – stuff envelopes, make phone calls, make membership kits, mailing member cards, organizing inventory, events planning, etc.

 

*Haleiwa Metric Century Bike Ride  (HBL)

[For all levels]

  Duties:  Help put flyers into bags, put riders numbers and bibs together.

 

*Hawaii Foodbank

[For Intermediate levels and higher]

Duties: Various duties – Check registration form.

 

*Ho‘oulu ‘Aina

[For all levels]

Duties:  3 choices.

1) Work in the garden – pull weeds/prepare garden for planting;

2) Help in the kitchen to prepare the lunch.

3) Help with planting and clearing the forest.

(Waiver forms must be filled before volunteering.)

*H.U.G.S.

[For all levels]

Duties:  Help needed to prepare for a fundraising gala (May 2) – Assist with making decorations, centerpieces and favors; cut out paper flowers (which will be sprayed, strung and hung to create a wall of golden flowers).

 

*Ka Papa Lo’I o Kanewai

[For all levels]

Duties: Help ‘malama’ the lo’i – do yard work/community clean-up.

3 choices:

1) Help clear and prepare the lo’I (taro patch)

2) Assist the staff with cleaning the taro

3) Help clear out Manoa Stream

(The garden provides experiential learning opportunities to school and community groups in the traditional farming practices and culture of Native Hawaiians.)

(Waiver forms must be filled out before volunteering.)

 

*Leahi Hospital  [Skilled Nursing Facility]

[For Intermediate level and higher]

Duties:  You will assist the hospital staff in transporting patients (in wheelchairs) to and from the activities area; Assist with activities (with the residents), exercise, and games or craft-making.

 

* AIDS WalkLife Foundation

[For all levels]

Duties:  Cheer on the participants (make sure they stay on the right path), assist with clean-up and break-down of tents.

 

*Palolo Elementary School

[For Intermediate levels and higher]

Duties:

 Library Assistant: You will assist the staff reshelf books in the school library, restock

students’ supplies, and categorize the students’ work.

Cafeteria Monitors: (Kindergarten – Gr. 1) / (Gr. 3 – 5) You will help monitor and

socialize with the children during lunchtime.

 

*Prince Kuhio ElementaryReading is FunProgram

[For Intermediate level and higher]

Duties: You will do work similar to a tutor – help elementary students read story books, while helping them with their pronunciation, reading comprehension and fluency.  (Waiver forms must be filled out and MUST read handout.)

 

*River of Life Mission

[For Intermediate level and higher]

Duties: Assist staff with serving snacks, coffee/juice and cleaning up in the dining room; Possibly (?) assist staff in the kitchen – preparing the food – cutting vegetables, or making salads.

 

*Mauka to Makai - Waikiki Aquarium

[For Intermediate level and higher]

Duties:  Various duties

 

*YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association)

[Only for 300-level and higher]

Duties: Help is needed for light office work.

 

SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Spring 1 2015

 

*Aloha HarvestAVAILABLE AS NEEDED

 

[For all levels]

Duties:  Assist the staff with labeling pans/boxes and cookbooks, and shred paper.

(Application forms must be filled before volunteering.)

 

Hale Ola Kino  [Rehabilitation and Nursing Home Facility]

[For Intermediate level and higher]

Duties: You will assist the activities supervisor with exercise activities and share conversations with the residents.

(Training information handouts MUST be read before.)

 

Ho‘oulu ‘Aina

[For all levels]

Duties:  You have 3 ‘job’ choices.

1) Work in the garden – pull weeds/prepare garden for planting;

2) Help in the kitchen to prepare the lunch.

3) Help with planting and clearing the forest.

(Waiver forms must be filled before volunteering.)

 

Ka Papa Lo’i o Kanewai

[For all levels]

Duties: Help ‘malama’ the lo’i – do yard work/community clean-up.

You have 3 choices:

1) Help clear and prepare the lo’I (taro patch)

2) Assist the staff with cleaning the taro

3) Help clear out Manoa Stream

(The garden provides experiential learning opportunities to school and community groups in the traditional farming practices and culture of Native Hawaiians.)

(Waiver forms must be filled out before volunteering.)

 

Leahi Hospital  [Skilled Nursing Facility]

[For Intermediate level and higher]

Duties:  You will assist the hospital staff in transporting patients (in wheelchairs) to and from the activities area; Assist with activities, exercise, and games or craft-making.

 

Palolo Elementary School

[For Intermediate levels and higher]

Duties:

 Library Assistant: You will assist the staff reshelf books in the school library, restock students’ supplies, and categorize the students’ work.

Cafeteria Monitors: (Kindergarten – Gr. 1) / (Gr. 3 – 5)

You will sit with the children during lunch & socialize with them.

 

Prince Kuhio ElementaryReading is FunProgram

[For Intermediate level and higher]

Duties: You will do work similar to a tutor – help elementary students read story books, while helping them with their pronunciation, reading comprehension and fluency.  (Waiver forms must be filled out and MUST read handout.)

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Great Aloha Run Expo

[For All levels]

Duties: You will assemble and stuff race packets for the runners/walkers, as well as help distribute the race ‘bib’s to the runners/walkers (only for 300-level students).

 

Sharon’s Ride.Run.Walk

[For all levels]

Duties: You will help pass out water and cheer on the walkers/participants.

 

UPCOMING AGENCIES:

YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association)

[Only for 300-level and higher]

Duties: Help is needed for light office work.

 

Hawaii Bicycling League (HBL)

[For Intermediate levels and higher]

Duties: You will do light office work – stuff envelopes, make phone calls, make membership kits, mailing member cards, organizing inventory, events planning, etc.

 

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