Some of what’s expected of you is very similar to other courses:
Volunteer work or internships in a nonprofit organization or similar institutions are not part of community engagement.
• Volunteering is intended to cover the needs of an organization without necessarily taking observations of the organization and theories from the classroom into account to fulfill course-specific objectives.
An internship is supposed to specifically focus on developing a certain skill set and provide experience for a profession over a longer period of time.
The faculty creates an atmosphere for the student to collaborate with the project partners developing a greater feeling of community and togetherness in contrast to have a feeling of working for someone. To fulfill this goal, direct community engagement projects encourage to truly understand individuals who have real human needs (Service Learning and Prejudice Reduction, n.d.).
The community partners function not only as the recipient of the community engagement project but also as active educators in many different aspects. The facilitators and community partners are encouraged to identify projects that respond to the needs pinpointed by the organizations and institutions (Service Learning and Prejudice Reduction, n.d.).
PACE is designed to incorporate community-engaged projects and the faculty will communicate the expectations clearly to the student. If discomfort is experienced, please contact your professor or mentor to elaborate on a solution.
For the student’s safety, the community partner agrees to a contract stating the objectives and project outcomes specifically to ensure a beneficial and well-organized PACE project. Prior to going to the site, the student needs to fill out the travel forms. In the appendix you can find the student travel agreement, the volunteer agreement from and the letter of intent to collaborate between the community partner and Clayton State University.