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Service Work - increases students personal, interpersonal and social development

Service Work - increases students personal, interpersonal and social development

Undertaking Service Work in South East Asia is an experience that changes Australian school students in the most profound way. Students engaging in life -changing programs experience personal growth rarely discovered in regular day to day life. Indeed, studies have shown that student involvement in Service Work projects can:

•    Increase students’ personal, interpersonal and social development (Shelley Billig, 2000)

•    Increase motivation, student engagement, and school attendance

•    And, lead to new perspectives and more “positive lifestyle choices and behaviour’’. (Civic Literacy Project, 2002)

Service Work programs afford students the opportunity to form opinions and places a human face to many of the issues they simply read about or catch glimpses of on the news.  They also allow students to witness first-hand the human face of poverty and individual hardship rarely witnessed at home.  Indeed, active participation in a Service Work program leads to feelings of social responsibility and connectedness, an increased care for others and a desire to get involved and co-operate in positive ways – an immeasurable benefit in our increasingly segmented society.