Volunteer as an individual, with friends, your floor, your class, or your organization. Whether you’re looking for service hours, an internship, or networking for future employment, we’ve got a place for you. Here are the best ways to get started:
|Volunteer Individually||utvolunteers.org – our volunteer database. Search for opportunities by date, by type, or by interest area.|
|Join an Organization||visit Student Activities or find a service-focused student organization to join – there are over 300 on campus!|
|Join a Movement||9/11 Day of Service, Be The Change Day, The Project, and United to Serve are all campus-wide service events offered by the Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement.|
|Get Course Credit||volunteer in the classroom – take an Academic Service Learning course to make a community impact and get course credit.|
|Get Recognized||get recognized for your service – register with the President’s Volunteer Service program.|
Why Should You Take an Academic Service-Learning Course?
Have you ever found yourself sitting in class thinking, when am I ever going to use this? In a service-learning course, you’ll be able to answer that question and potentially
- Better your understanding of course material;
- Connect your learning to “real-world” activities;
- Exercise your critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
- Enhance your ability to work in a team or group;
- Increase your knowledge of other cultures and/or populations; and
- Get the experience you need to embark on your career path.
Finding the Right Service Project
If you are currently enrolled in an academic service-learning course and are required to find a partner placement, please take a moment to inventory your skills. We will be happy to take a look and find you an appropriate service opportunity.
Academic service-learning courses are available in a number of departments. You may want to take a look at courses to be offered in 2012-2013 or ask your department’s academic advisor about possibilities.
Working at a Service Site
Both you and the community partner chosen by your instructor will have expectations for what should result from your partnership. Before you start your service, please
- Take time to do some initial homework by learning about your community partner and its mission and constituents; and
- Meet with the partner representative to discuss and agree upon these expectations.
Let Us Help You Start Making Connections!
Whether you are looking for a service-learning course or a service site, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512.262.2164.