Service based learning is a kind of experiential learning that relies on involvement in community service – either as a co-curricular activity or a teaching and learning strategy. It integrates valuable community service with leadership and reflection which enrich the education process, help understand civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Through service-learning, students attain a range of vital personal, social and career-enhancing skills that aid academic performance. These include increased activity engagement, enhanced moral reasoning and ethical evaluation, a higher level of critical thinking and problem solving, as well as a greater awareness of community problems and the challenge of social inequalities.
At EdUHK, these service-learning opportunities are provided mainly by the Student Affairs Office (SAO). They include projects organised by student groups to serve many groups in society, such as the mentally or physically disabled, senior citizens, and poverty-stricken communities. Students do not just volunteer for this work: it forms a part of their non-formal education in order to develop their leadership and organisational abilities. Since June 2008, the SAO expanded its range of collaborative partners involved in its service learning programmes from local NGOs and schools to overseas organisations in the Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Programme, to over international sites.
Interested students can have a look at Current Opportunities.