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Service placements can be as short as one afternoon or as long as a semester or academic year. Many students serve in the Portland Metro area through short-term community projects or sustained placements (2-6 hours per week for a semester). Others serve at national and international sites through week-long alternative breaks.
For many placements, no prior experience is needed; the community organizations will provide orientation and training if it is needed. Some of the organizations require a background check, which will be explained further when signing up for a volunteer opportunity. The only requirements for a successful service-learning experience are the desire to address social needs or civic issues, commitment to the service, and willingness to grow personally, academically, professionally, and civically.
Please refer to our new database, GivePulse, to look up and register for service opportunities. If you'd like to discuss your participation or need help finding Service Opportunities that fit with your schedule, passions, and course requirements, come by the Office of Service Leadership and connect with our Service Learning Placement Coordination team or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.