Re-entry activities will help students connect their service experience to classroom learning. Students may also need help finding ways to continue serving in the local community. Let us know if you have an activity you'd like to share!
Reflection strategies & ideas
Reflection serves as a bridge for the back-and-forth connecting between what you as a student learn in class and what you are experiencing in the community" --Learning through Serving (p. 83)
research on reflection
Research may be an important part of ensuring alternative break trips provide a meaningful experience for students. Below are a few examples from service-learning journals of how reflection is a critical part of short-term immersion programs.
- "My Appalachian Experience: Reflections of an Undergraduate Student on the Short-Term Service Trip and the Challenges It Presents for Social Justice Efforts” by Samantha Lewandowski.
- "College Students’ Negotiation of Privilege in a Community-Based Violence Prevention Project" by Beth S. Catlett and Amira Proweller. The authors used Peggy McIntosh's reflection on white privilege, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" with their service-learning students.
- "The Meaning Students Make as Participants in Short-Term Immersion Programs" by Susan R Jones, Heather T. Rowan-Kenyon, S. Mei-Yen Ireland, Elizabeth Neihaus, and Kristan Cilente Skendall.
- "Building a Better World: The Pedagogy of and Practice of Global Service-Learning" has a list of research on the site's wiki that should help inform reflective practice.