WHAT IS buildOn?
buildOn is an organization that seeks to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education.
WHAT IS SERVICE AND SERVICE LEARNING?
Service-learning is a form of experience-based education in which students learn content as they engage in activities that address community needs. Service-learning differs from community service or volunteerism in two major ways: 1) The service activity is integrated with curriculum and content, and 2) Students engage in structured reflection of their service experiences and apply their learning in real-life activities. An effective service-learning project helps students learn and develop through participation in organized service that meets the needs of their communities.
Senior Service Learning
OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE WITH buildOn
Students have a variety of opportunities to engage in service.
Weekly program meetings
Program meetings occur once a week, during students’ lunch period. Program meetings are a great space to connect with other buildOn students and learn about upcoming service opportunities.
Ongoing after-school service projects
Ongoing service projects take place once a week and typically last anywhere between 1-3 hours. Ongoing service projects are a great opportunity to network and build relationships with community partners as well as other volunteers.
Saturday service projects
Saturday service projects vary every week and are a great way to address a variety of challenges affecting the community. As with ongoing service projects, Saturday service opportunities, are a great way to learn about community partners and network with them.
Trek is a part of our global program. Students who are selected to participate on Trek have the opportunity to travel to one of our partner countries; Nicaragua, Haiti, Malawi, Senegal, or Nepal, to help build the foundation of a school. Students are not only able to participate in the construction of a school but they engage in rich cultural exchange for 10-12 days. During this time, students build relationships with their team and with community members.