Spanish and Secondary Education
Lake Zurich, IL
As a coordinator, I get to see both sides of the experience get what they need. It's an amazing feeling to assist a person or a community organization in need but it is equally amazing to know that I can support my classmates in not only helping someone, but also gaining tons of out of the classroom knowledge simultaneously. My number one goal working here is to ensure that we leave our community better than it was, and that my classmates leave their assignments with a wider worldview and a big grin on their faces.
I want my fellow students to leave with new skills and stories of their experiences. However one of the most important parts of this programs that I hope my students will appreciate is the opportunity to reflect. I hope my classmates will reflect for years to come about what service they did and why it was so crucially beneficial to the community. Service Learning can change you for the better, and reflection will tell you just how well you've changed and how much good you've done.