Service learning is a teaching method by which the knowledge and skills that students have acquired through studying are applied to a project development that addresses a concrete socially-responsible cause. Unlike a traditional student internship, this type of learning has a social component that brings students closer to the social environment and provides a sense of doing something good while at the same time gaining real-world experience for their future career. The concept of service learning consists of three basic elements, namely the principles of:
Reality - engagement is based on real needs and problems;
Reciprocity - all stakeholders give and receive (student, partner organization, faculty): they learn from each other;
Reflection - the link between research content, project collaboration, and one's own personal and professional development (regular reflection in which practical experience is considered in the context of academic learning and builds a bridge between theory and practice).
- The Center for Service Learning, a project funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), is led by Youth Club Split.
The goal of the project is establishing a Center for Service Learning (DKU) and introduces the service learning axis within the student internship programme at the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism. The project will strengthen the cooperation between NGOs and the Faculty in jointly addressing societal issues and challenges in the community and in developing citizenship behaviour and social awareness among students. The target groups of the project are: students, employees in NGOs, teaching staff at higher education institutions, and volunteers. This project directly addresses the lack of human capital that would promote the sustainable development of NGOs and society as a whole.
- The Association Sunce Split, in cooperation with the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Philosophy, the Faculty of Chemical Technology, and the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, is running the two-year project PAZI! - Practice Practical-Active-Together-Interdisciplinary! – Service Learning Programs for the Environment and Sustainable Development.
The project started on 19 March, 2018. The main goal of the project is to increase awareness of the importance of applying knowledge and skills, civic engagement and cross-sectoral environmental protection cooperation, and sustainable development. Through the implementation of service learning programmes, the project stimulates the active engagement of students and teachers, strengthens inter-sectoral cooperation, and promotes environmental protection and sustainable development. Each semester, two students together with their mentors participate in a service learning programme in Association Sunce, within which, in collaboration with various stakeholders, they design, set up and implement various projects relating to a social cause.
How to Participate?
Students of the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism can participate in the programme of service learning within the PAZI project. They apply at the beginning of each semester in a timely manner and go through the selection process organized by the Association and its partners. The process consists of participating in an informative workshop at the Faculty where they will have the opportunity to get all the necessary information, hold discussions with partners, and prepare a motivational letter. The work within the project is recognized as a part of the formal curriculum of a particular course agreed on with academic mentors.
The two-year project Responsible for Nature began on November 11, 2015. Sunce was the project leader while the partners of the project were the BIOM Association, the Marjan Society and the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism. The Faculty of Law was a collaborator on the project. The overall goal of the project was to contribute to increasing the level of transparency and efficiency in managing natural resources in Croatia.
Students Learn About Civic Engagement – Service Learning in Nature and Environment Protection was a project funded by the German environmental foundation The Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), one of the largest European foundations promoting innovative environmental projects. It was conducted in partnership with the German institution Deutsche Gesellschaft für Umwelterziehung (DGU). Project co-partners were the Faculty of Philosophy, the Faculty of Chemical Engineering, the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, and the Professional Studies Department of the University of Split. The overall goal of this project was to encourage civic engagement and the empowerment of public awareness with a focus on the protection of nature and the environment.