Community Service Project Curriculum
“Volunteerism in Action”
Carol Fairbrother, Peace Corps TEFL Volunteer
Application: Community Service Projects can be incorporated into the teaching
curriculum of TEFL Peace Corps Volunteers for up to two academic school years.
Audience: 9th to 12th Graders (can be tailored for 5th to 8th graders)
Background: As Romania prepares for accession to the European Union in 2007, a
major focus is on preparing its citizens for active participation in the democratic process,
community development and the civil society. Promoting citizen participation in
volunteerism is a vital strategy in successfully meeting these accession goals.
The importance of volunteerism has been recognized globally with the introduction of
“The International Day of Volunteering” on December 5 each year. A campaign to focus
on raising the profile of volunteerism in Europe was launched as the “Manifesto for
Volunteering in Europe 2003”. Developed by the European Volunteer Centre (CEV),
the year long campaign will raise awareness within institutions of the European Union
regarding the value of volunteer activity and the need for increased support for its
development at the social, legislative and financial levels.
In Romania, the First and Second National Conferences about Volunteering were
sponsored by the Pro Vobis Center on December 3 – 6, 2001 and June 19 – 22, 2003
respectively. Participants are in the process of exploring strategies for the development
of volunteerism in Romania by creating platforms for the exchange of information among
organizations that utilize volunteers and other interested people and organizations. A key
resolution was the desire to establish a National Council of Volunteering.
Student Volunteerism and Community Service Projects …….WHY ???
Volunteerism promotes youth development, civic responsibility, engaged
citizenship and encourages a life-long commitment to service.
Citizenship and civic responsibility are skills that are learned and practiced.
Volunteering is one example of engaged citizenship in action.
Volunteerism enhances personal, social and academic skills and provides new and
meaningful learning experiences for students.
The health of a community is enhanced when an increasing number of its
members reach out and volunteer their time, their talents, their expertise and
themselves to “make a difference”.
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1. Students will embrace volunteerism as an intrinsic personal value resulting in
their active participation in volunteer activities throughout their lives.
2. Students will create meaningful lives as active, responsible, engaged citizens
dedicated to actively improving society.
3. Students will choose to conduct their lives with integrity, honesty, compassion
4. Students will experience their ability to “make a difference” in the world.
1. Introduce volunteerism and civic responsibility.
2. Learn about volunteer opportunities in the community.
3. Identify, plan, implement & evaluate CSPs’.
4. Develop project management, critical thinking, communication, writing and
5. Develop leadership, teamwork and community outreach skills
6. Enhance self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence.
1. Classroom Discussion on Volunteerism and Civic Responsibility
2. 3 - 4 Member Group Presentations on Potential Volunteer Action
3. Prepare a 1 page Community Service Project Proposal
4. Complete a Community Service Project
5. Prepare a 1 page Community Service Project Summary Evaluation
6. Individual Classroom Presentations on CSPs – 3 minutes.
7. Group and Classroom Discussion about the Impact of CSPs’.
Successfully completing Activities 1 to 7 can easily be accomplished in two semesters.
Continuation of the Community Service Project Curriculum into the PCV’s second year
of teaching provides students with the opportunity to engage in different CSPs’, gain
new experience, meet new people and improve their skills as outlined in the objectives.
In addition, the students have a greater chance to identify and clarify areas of passion and
interest and intrinsically embrace the rewards of volunteering.
First Semester: Complete Activities 1 to 3.
Second Semester: Complete Activities 4 to 7.
Third Semester: Complete Activities 3 to 7.
Fourth Semester: Complete Activities 3 to 7.
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Students are required to fulfill the assignments as instructed. When grading the
group presentations it is recommended to give all the students at least a “9” if
each member speaks and all the group members fulfilled the presentation
requirements. If the students are not prepared to present on the day assigned, then
each member will receive 2 points off the grade they are given.
When grading the 1 page CSP Proposals and CSP Evaluation Summaries, it is
recommended that grades be given based on a “bell curve”. The best proposals
based on format, grammar and vocabulary and content will get the highest marks..
It is recommended that all students receive a mark of “10” for successfully
completing their CSPs’ regardless of what project they selected. This grading
strategy is designed to reward success and to motivate the student to continue
their volunteer activities whether assigned or not. It also prevents “judgments”
regarding the “validity” or “worth” of a student’s CSP. It promotes the premise
that all sincere efforts to improve a situation are valued and recognized equally.
It is not possible to know for certain whether a student did in fact complete a CSP,
so if the student turns in an evaluation summary he/she receives a “10” for
completion of the CSP and is given a separate grade for the CSP Evaluation.
Students should be told that if a student does not complete a CSP he/she receives
a “0” for the project and a “0” for not being able to complete the CSP Evaluation.
If a student chooses not to participate their final grade will reflect their decision.
Title: select short slogan
Goal: “the end toward which effort is directed”
Objectives: specific, measurable actions to achieve the stated goal
Current State: define the present problem or issue
Desired State: define the specific outcome hoped for
Resources: identify people, places, materials to facilitate success
Obstacles: identify possible problems & solutions
Action Plan: who, what, where, when
Written Summary of CSP in 3 paragraphs – one page
o What did you do?
o What did you accomplish?
o How do you feel about your CSP experience?
3 minute presentation summary of CSP
Group discussion of CSP experience
o Personal/family/friends/neighborhood/community impact
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE....GET YOUR STUDENTS TO VOLUNTEER!
Community Service Projects
“Volunteerism in Action”
Carol Fairbrother, TEFL Peace Corps Volunteer
Benefits of Student Volunteerism
•Promotes volunteerism & civic responsibility
•Enhances personal, social and academic skills
•Introduces community & global challenges
•Provides new & meaningful learning experiences
•Creates healthier individuals, families & society
•Encourages a life-long commitment to service
•Students intrinsically embrace volunteerism resulting in lifelong volunteer service
•Students create meaningful lives as active, responsible, engaged citizens dedicated to
actively improving society
•Students choose to conduct their lives with integrity, honesty, compassion &
•Students experience their ability to “make a difference” in the world
•Introduce volunteerism & civic responsibility
•Learn about community volunteer opportunities
•Identify, plan, implement & evaluate CSP’s
•Develop project management, critical thinking, communication, writing and
•Develop leadership & community outreach skills
•Enhance self-awareness/esteem, self-confidence
•Volunteerism: Classroom Discussion
•CSP Proposal – one page
•CSP Evaluation Summary – one page
•Individual CSP Presentations – 3 minutes
•CSPs’ Impact: Classroom Discussion
•Title: select short slogan
•Goal: “the end toward which effort is directed”
•Objectives: specific, measurable actions to achieve the stated goal
•Current State: define the present problem or issue
•Desired State: define the specific outcome hoped for
•Resources: identify people, places, materials to facilitate success
•Obstacles: identify possible problems & solutions
•Action Plan: who, what, where, when
•Orphanage, special school, daycare center, family
•Tutor: friend, sibling, neighbor, student, orphans
•Donate clothes, school supplies, food, sweets
•Assist a poor family, street children, elderly
•Organize block, park, river clean-up campaigns
•Plant trees, flowers, gardens, orchards
•Create/facilitate education campaigns: alcohol/drug, smoking, HIV, violence prevention
Written Summary of CSP in 3 paragraphs
–What did you do?
–What did you accomplish?
–How do you feel about your CSP experience?
•3 minute presentation summary of CSP
•Group discussion of CSP experience
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE……….
GET YOUR STUDENTS TO VOLUNTEER!