Service–Learning

Students gardening in the community.

Learning, Growing, Giving Back

Individual engagement is a vital component of any healthy, thriving community. At UB, we encourage our students to use their talents to serve a community that has welcomed them for two, four, or possibly several years! It's also a chance to learn new skills and further professional development in their chosen field.

Service Learning Courses

Throughout this new service-learning course, students serve as mentors, tutor middle school students, and support science teachers in classrooms in the Buffalo Public Schools.

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences offers a non-clinical aid internship that allows students to earn UB credit and gain valuable experience as an aid to a specialized professional.  Students will work with a speech-language pathologist in a school setting.

LIN 496 allows students to earn UB credit, gain valuable teaching experience, and make a meaningful contribution to the community all at the same time. The Department of Linguistics places UB undergraduate students in the Buffalo Public Schools as a teacher's aid or tutor to work with children on developing their language and literacy skills.

RLL 496 is designed as an experiential learning course for (primarily) majors and minors in Romance Languages and Literatures. Its aim is to provide them with some basic principles of TESOL, and then pair each student with an individual in the WNY refugee community for tutoring in English and for the preparation of a narrative about their lives. The goals of the course are for RLL students to expand their own cultural awareness, expand their awareness of English and of language itself, learn some rudiments of TESOL which they may wish to explore further with a Fulbright year or TESOL certification, recognize the value of their own training in language and literature, and become acquainted with the strengths and needs of local immigrant communities. Pre-Requisites: Permission of instructor, plus at least two 300-level courses in FR, SPA, ITA, or GER

Find Other Service Opportunities

Information on service opportunities is available through Student Engagement. Learn more about their volunteer and community service programs including: Saturday of Service, Alternative Spring Break, StayUpUB fundraiser and more!