Service Learning

Palomar College

Service Learning Directions in 11 Easy Steps

“Community service is such a great thing, and I think it should be included in more college classes. Students hear about what’s going on around the world, but they should also experience it.  It gives you a different feeling compared to learning in the classroom”.  – Palomar College student

Directions for Service Learning in 11 Easy Steps!

1.Learn from your instructor the Service Learning course requirements: the number of hours required, the volunteer site options, and the related assignments (ex. field notes, reflection papers, presentations,  etc.). NOTE: If you are doing Service Learning for more than one class you must complete separate hours and papers for each class.

*Would you like to participate in Service Learning but have not been invited to participate by your professors?? First, ask your professors if you can do Service Learning as an assignment choice or for extra credit in their course. If that is not possible, follow these directions.

2. Browse through our List of Community Partners to pick a service learning site that supports your academic, career, and/or personal goals. If you would like to volunteer at a community organization that is not on this list, contact your professor to get approval.

3. Print out the  Service Learning Packet of Forms & Information

This packet includes:

  • Service Learning Agreement Form
  • Student Waiver of Liability
  • Service Learning Time Sheet
  • Student Performance Evaluation

you will return these forms to your Professor

4. Contact the organization via telephone or email. Politely explain that you are participating in Service Learning through Palomar College. Be clear about how many hours you will be committing to this organization, and tell them the times and days you are available.
Example email or phone message:
Hello, My name is _______and I am a student at Palomar College. This semester I am taking a course (state which class) with a Service Learning component. I am looking for an opportunity to volunteer at least (12) hours with (state your goal or desire). I saw your organization on the Service Learning Community Partners List and I reviewed your website. I would like to volunteer with your organization. I would like to visit with you about this opportunity at your earliest convenience.  Please e-mail me at ________ or call me at __________.
Thank you for your time.

5. Meet with the site supervisor at the organization before you start volunteering. Take the Service Learning Agreement Form. Have the Student portion filled out in advance. Be sure to include your goals for service learning (what do you hope to do and gain from this opportunity?)

*If you are doing a one-time/special event service project you may take all of the forms with you on your day of service and then turn them in to your professor.

6. Complete the Online Registration Form for Service Learning

7. Turn in the Service Learning Agreement Form (signed by you and your site supervisor) and the Waiver of Liability form with your signature to your professor.

8. Begin your Service Learning. Be sure to follow all of the Guidelines and Tips for Success.  Take your Time Sheet with you each time volunteer and have a supervisor sign off your hours.

9. When you have completed your Service Learning experience, ask your supervisor to fill out the Evaluation of Student Performance form.

10. Turn in your Timesheet and the Evaluation of Student Performance form to your professor. These forms will be added to your student records. You must turn them in to have your hours documented with Palomar College.

11. Submit the required Online Completion Form for Service Learning

     Optional: If you completed at least 15 hours of service, you may request a Service Learning Certificate

QUESTIONS??? Email Gina Wilson

NOTE: If you are doing Service Learning for more than one class you must complete separate hours and assignments for each class. Please fill out two separate time sheets, two online registration forms, and two online completion forms. Using the same service hours for 2 classes is a “duplication of assignments” which is a violation of academic integrity. Please see the Palomar College Student Code of Conduct paragraph A.


  Other Recognitions of Service
Service Learning Graduation Cord* –  50 hours of service total while a student at Palomar. Cord cost is $10
 Service Learning Graduation Embroidered Stole* –  100 hours of service total while a student at Palomar . Stole cost is $15
 Please email  if you are interested in a Cord or Stole.

Presidential Volunteer Service Award – a National award recognizing students who complete 100 hours or more of community service during a calendar year. The Service Learning Department will provide documentation of Service Learning Hours completed that can be used toward this award.

Have your story printed in Palomar College’s Service Learning book  – Learning through Serving.
All Service Learning Students are invited to share their experiences of personal, educational, and career growth and empowerment while spreading knowledge and passion for Service Learning and the organization they served. Please fill out the
Submission form for the Service Learning Book, Learning through Serving.

Thank you for representing our school and making a difference in our community!