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Nothing says "I'm a partner in your community" more than the willingness to not only do higher tasks but to pick up a broom and sweep the floor.

Service-Learning™ versus Internship/Practicum

IPSL service-learning placements are determined, in part, by student interests and skills (and, in some cases, language abilities), but primarily by community needs. Central to the philosophy of service-learning is the notion of service. Service-learning is not the same as an internship or practicum although it may look very similar. The service in service-learning may or may not be career-related. An internship is designed mostly so that the student will benefit by learning about their future profession. In contrast, in service-learning, the outcome of the student's work - that is, the service – is as important as the student’s learning. There are — or should be - identifiable benefits to those served. This reciprocity is a key component in international service-learning.


IPSL Service Placements

 

IPSL's service-learning placements are in agencies that have sprung up from the grassroots, where locals have identified a need, and where the change effort is owned by them. What they need is additional assistance of all kinds from the outside. So, IPSL participants should remember that they are stepping into a moving stream, of initiatives and efforts, that began long ago which will continue after the participant departs. A student’s work is important, but their individual contributions may not be visible for many years. Change takes time. In the meantime, the student is fulfilling a need, and the need is huge.


A single agency may need hands-on assistance from IPSL participants (direct service) or assistance in the background building capacity (indirect service) so that the agency can one day experience more stability in the delivery of its services. Either way, both direct and indirect service are needed to accomplish the goals. Each is valuable. In actuality, because nearly all non-profits experience resource scarcity, IPSL participants do a little bit of everything. And this is as it should be. Nothing says "I'm a partner in your community" more than a willingness on the part of a service-learning participant not only to do higher tasks, but also occasionally to pick up a broom and sweep the floor so that the setting is clean and presentable. Such actions serve to break down stereotypes about Americans, and build relationships based on equality. That is why many of the service agencies, with which we work, have been our partners for many years. ​

 

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PORTLAND, OR 97201

info@ipsl.org

Tel. +1.503.395.IPSL (4775)

Fax. +1.503.954.1881

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