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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Community Service-Learning (CSL) has over 250 community partners representing sectors that support our local communities in which our campuses reside, including education, government, community-based, not-for profit/social profit, culture, and environment. Some of our partners been connecting with Laurier students through the CSL program for many years.


  • Benefit the community organization and the individuals they serve.
  • Give students the opportunity to relate their experiences to the content of their courses and enhance their learning.
  • Provide students the opportunity to reflect on what it means to give service to others and be connected to a larger community.


  • Access to the services and skills of university students.
  • Access to related theories and concepts students are learning about in the classroom.
  • Allows for program and service enhancements and expansions.
  • Opportunity to collaborate with post-secondary researchers and practitioners.
  • Opportunity to contribute to the development of community leaders of the future.

Types of Placements

Direct Service Placements

With our direct service placements, students are expected to give approximately two hours per week for approximately 10 weeks throughout the semester in direct service to a community organization. If an organization has higher needs for their volunteers, these are clearly stated by the community partner on the placement opportunity that students will select from.

Project-based Placements

For project-based placements, an organization works with a group of students supervised by a faculty member to engage in a project with a specified outcome. The project must match the learning requirements for the course. Community partners may be asked to visit the class to present their project at the beginning of the semester and to listen to the project presentation at the end of semester.

Please contact one of the CSL coordinators if you have a project in mind.

How it Works

Organizations interested in having student volunteers should contact Community Service-Learning. In conjunction with our staff, you can set up a description of your organization on our website and make specific postings for your volunteer positions.

Placement sign-up opportunities are matched to courses so students can gain experiences that overlap with their course content. Placements are introduced to students in their first week of classes. Each organization has their general description and specific placement opportunities listed on our Navigator website. The students have several days to review them before sign-up opens on the first day of the second week of classes. Students will sign up, receive the contact information for their organization, and call the contact person to set up an interview or start date.

Each organization listed on Navigator can access and change their organization's information and placement opportunities. They can also access a listing of the students who have signed up for their organization.

Community partners must fill in a placement agreement form with each student at the beginning of the placement period. You will also be asked to verify weekly attendance electronically. You must also complete safety orientation for each student at the beginning of the placement period.

CSL coordinators will be in touch with the contact people at each organization as well as with the students. Their role is to ensure that the placements work smoothly.

Frequently Asked Questions

“College and university students have a major impact on street youth. Students always have stories about perseverance to tell and the fact that they are currently working toward their goals makes them great mentors for our at-risk and street youth.”

Becca Vandekemp McLellan (BA/BEd ‘12), Community Developer, Why Not Youth Centres

Info for Current Students

Community Service-Learning

Contact Us:

Community Service-Learning

T: 519.884.0710 x3714

  • Waterloo campus: Community and Workplace Partnerships, 12 Lodge St.
  • Brantford campus: SC Johnson Building, 38 Market St., room SCJ-117

Info for Current Students

Community Service-Learning

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