Besides all the benefits of service learning for both the learner and the community, recent research found that volunteering increases your chances of getting a job. For those considering changing areas of expertise, service-learning may also serve as an entry route into a new field or organization. Check the details in the following link:
For those wondering what could possibly go wrong with service-learning, T. Elijah Hawkes discusses it in light of the words of the philosopher and educational reformer John Dewey. Dewey analyzes acts of altruism as an effect of an uneasy conscience created by the economic disparities resulting from the system of private gain we live by. Hawkes applies Dewey critiques to the model of service learning we are witnessing several schools to implement. Check his text out and decide for yourself if the critics to charity could apply or not to the community service in which schools are engaging their students.
As service learning gains more popularity for the several benefits it can bring both for students and communities, the U.S. News & World Report ranked schools according to their engagement in service learning. Check the following link to find what schools represent outstanding examples in involving their students in service-learning: