Experience Areté

Excellence. Valor. Virtue.

Service Learning

Areté participants have the opportunity to engage in activities that meet the needs of others and the community and Learning.  The experiences of serving others are used as an opportunity for self-reflection and learning.  Service Learning is an experiential approach to learning about life and leadership through active participation in purposefully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of communities.  It provides young people with opportunities to use newly acquired academic skills and knowledge in a real life situation in their own communities.  It also helps students to develop a sense of caring for others.  Service-learning creates empathy and feelings of altruism while promoting personal and social responsibility.  Similarly, service-learning allows for the development of mature relationships and social competence outside of school while promoting problem-solving skills.   Service-learning helps students gain a better understanding of the information taught to them and also gives them a better understanding of themselves.  The students gain self-concept, self-esteem and self-efficacy. Students are viewed as valuable resources for their own education, the education of others and the well-being of the communities in which they are members.

Previous Areté participants have conducted service learning trips to San Miquel, Mexico to help build an orphanage and did so my raising over 13,000.00 through a silent auction so that supplies could be purchased to do the renovation work on the house. Another service learning trip was to Tucson, Arizona where the students worked daily for7 days with homeless and injured animals.  The trips that Areté members experience are decided by the students and all details are arranged by them as well. In 2012 we will be preparing for another service learning adventure though the location and actual service has not been determined as of yet.  This is a great opportunity for you to become involved and not just attend a service learning opportunity but organize and develop the experience.