Each of the opportunities below can be found in the CSUSM Service Learning Opportunities database.
The College Volunteer Leader Program is a Girl Scouts San Diego initiative that trains college students to serve as semester-long troop leaders in underserved communities in North County. Our Girl Scouts are Kindergarten through 8thgrade. Our goal is to run programs that teach girls about STEM, the outdoors, life skills, and leadership skills.
The Conversation Partner Program (CPP) is a 10-week one-to-one partnership
program designed by the American Language & Culture Institute. In efforts to develop global citizens and increase cultural competency, the
Conversation Partner Program works to connect domestic CSUSM students
with international students. This intentional connection provides students the
opportunity to build relationships and share language and culture together.
Learn more by reviewing the CPP handbook.
Service Learning is a learning tool that promotes student learning through active participation in meaningful and planned service experiences in the community that are substantively related to course content.
Through reflective activities, students enhance their understanding of course content, general knowledge, sense of civic responsibility, self-awareness and commitment to the community.
Service Learning is a learning tool that is incorporated into course content.
To find out if your course has a Service Learning component or to enroll in a Service Learning course please see the CSUSM Course Catalog.
Upon the start of the course, your instructor will provide you with a syllabus and details for your Service Learning assignment.
Each course will have unique guidelines for the number of hours, service learning sites and duties you may participate in.
All Service Learning sites must be approved by your course instructor.
After consulting with your course instructor regarding approved sites, begin applying to course appropriate sites. To view virtual opportunities, use the "remote" tag in the opportunities section.
Review the Service Learning Introductory Script/Guide for tips on contacting sites.
Please Note: Students must select a Service Learning site from the database. Only instructors are allowed to submit a Request for a New Community Partner. All Service Learning sites must be approved by your course instructor.
Once you have accepted your Service Learning opportunity AND obtained instructor approval, you may create your service learning placement and begin your required compliance forms.
Watch this video on the Service Learning Placement and Information session webinar to learn how to make a placement in the database.
For step by step instructions please view: Placement Instruction Presentation PDF.
• A copy of your placement will be automatically sent to the site supervisor email you provide in the form.
Before attending the first day of your service learning, check in with your course instructor.
Your service learning course instructor will provide course service learning information such as when you may begin your service learning, assignments/projects, timekeeping information, and other important information.
Make sure to check in frequently with your service learning course and service learning site supervisor for updates and details regarding your service learning.
For more information, see the student frequently asked questions.
Due to current COVID-19 Federal, State and County restrictions, we strongly recommend that students search for and chose virtual service learning opportunities, when at all possible. If an in-person service learning opportunity is necessary to complete required hours, CSUSM students may participate in service learning activities in the State of California provided the student and the organization follow current Federal, State, and County public health guidelines effective May 19, 2020. Organizations will be required to submit evidence they are in compliance with public health guidelines. If you are interested in participating in an on-site service learning opportunity outside the State of California, contact the Department of Service Learning. Please contact your faculty or the Department of Service Learning if you have questions.
If you have questions about the Service Learning and Internship Database, please contact the Department of Service Learning and Civic Engagement by email, email@example.com.