It is an educational methodology that combines classroom learning and community serving processes in a whole articulated project; participants are given the opportunity to raise social and environmental awareness, and receive real-life training by working on genuine needs of the social context with the aim of improving it. This teaching-learning method educates people in lifelong civic awareness, civic engagement, reflective thinking and interpersonal skills like leadership, teamwork, communication, and negotiation skills.
Besides helping out at local organizations, students attend group sessions at one of ULACIT’s campuses (our main campus in San José or our research center "La Marta") to analyze the experience, integrate the concepts and theories studied in context, and reflect critically on those elements, the overall situation and possible solutions.
Participants in these programs will be working on different tasks at the organizations selected for several hours a week; they will be able to see firsthand the processes by which they respond (or not) to community needs, identify both the strengths and weaknesses of the programs they have and relate them to the theoretical contents of the course. One of the main goals is to gain insight as a critical perspective is acquired through reflection and understanding.
As participants will be in direct contact with members of the local community it is important to highlight that students need to have at least a functional level of Spanish (A2). ULACIT will offer a session on Costa Rican basic Spanish tips and will also provide international students with information on opportunities to interact with ULACIT students.
Our Service Learning Programs
Students have the opportunity to use critical thinking, problem-solving and collaborative skills to address real-world issues. They improve character values and responsible behavior, as they learn about cultural diversity and show more tolerance of ethnical diversity.
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