Community Service-Learning (CSL) students from Laurier combine academic learning with unpaid service-learning placements in the community. Self-initiated placements by students are intended to allow students who already have work or volunteer positions with organizations to continue those positions, or to allow students to find positions outside Kitchener-Waterloo or Brantford if they are commuting to Laurier or taking an online course and reside in another community.
Student-initiated placements must be approved before the student can begin the placement. Students need to submit their information about their proposed self-initiated placement by the end of the first week of classes using the CSL portal on MyLearningSpace, and then wait for notification of approval. Your application will be reviewed by a CSL coordinator and also sent to the placement supervisor you indicate for their verification and approval.
Criteria for Student-Initiated CSL Placements
In order to be approved, your proposed self-initiated placement must meet the following criteria:
- The placement duties and expectations are clearly defined and are agreed upon by the placement supervisor and the student.
- The role of the student at the placement provides a meaningful service to the community partner and the community partner acknowledges that the service is meaningful to them.
- The placement duties and expectations meet with the learning outcomes of the CSL course(s) (verification of this by the course instructor(s) may be required).
- The placement requires the student to provide approximately 20 hours of unpaid service through the period of the CSL course for which the student is enrolled – approximately 10 weeks from September to December (fall semester), January to April (winter semester), May-August (summer semester).
- The placement requires service throughout the course period as noted above. Service should ideally occur weekly. Schedule should be approved by the CSL coordinator before starting.
- Full contact information (address, phone number, and email) for the placement agency and the supervisor at the placement agency is provided by the student.
- At the beginning of the placement, the student is adequately oriented to the organization (refer to MyLS for the Pre-Placement Safety Orientation Checklist) and trained to the position by an adult staff member and/or a trained adult volunteer, and is supervised by such a person throughout the placement period. The placement is at a verifiable not-for-profit, social profit, educational or government agency/institution e.g. that official correspondence, such as letterhead, can be provided by the agency contact and a site visit can be made by CSL staff.
- Upon invitation from CSL staff, the placement supervisor is willing to create an account with the CSL portal and use it to verify placement attendance throughout the semester.
- The placement is not for a position with an organization that we are already partnered with for that semester, unless this has been approved by a CSL coordinator ahead of time.