Community-Based Learning Course Forms

Community-based learning courses are a great opportunity to explore a subject and make a positive difference for our community.

Students and staff volunteer with Women Giving Back on 9/11 service day. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University
Students and Staff Volunteer

Students and staff volunteer with Women Giving Back on 9/11 service day.

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Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Steps for Students Enrolled in a Community-Based Learning Course

Step 1

Find a local community organization to work with.  

  • Some instructors arrange this for you and provided contact information in class.  

  • Some instructors provide a list of suggested organizations for you to contact. 

  • If you need to find a service site on your own, resources are available here

Allow time for this step and start right away.  You may need to contact a number of organizations before you find a good fit.  Additionally, some community partners require interviews, resumes, recommendations or a criminal background check. 

Step 2

Meet with the staff person who will be supervising you at your selected service site. 

  • Discuss the tasks you will do, what you hope to learn, and expectations regarding training, supervision, and feedback. 

  • Discuss your schedule.  Keep in mind Mason breaks and any time-consuming class projects or exams you may prefer to schedule around. 

  • If your instructor requires it, complete the Community-Based Learning Agreement and Project Description and obtain your site supervisor’s signature.  If you are serving in a student team, only one form is required for the whole group.

Step 3

Submit your supervisor’s name and email to CECiL via the Experiential Learning Agreement form. This will be provided by your instructor and then submitted to them and CECiL. 

Step 4

Begin your project.  

  • Please dress and behave appropriately.  You represent Mason.  

  • Maintain a written timesheet of your service.  

  • If you are going to miss a scheduled service date or if you drop the course, please notify your supervisor immediately.

Step 5

End of semester evaluations. 

  • At the end of the semester, complete a confidential online evaluation of your experience. 

  • Your supervisor will complete an evaluation of you as well, which will be shared with your instructor.