At Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you not only gain a deeper understanding of theory, but you also apply your academic and personal skills in real-life situations. With Community Service Learning (CSL), you work with fellow students and community partners on current issues in society.
Do you want an inspiring education where you can apply your knowledge and contribute to society, while also acquiring new skills? Then follow one of our study programmes with a CSL component. CSL is part of many Bachelor's and Master's programmes, so it’s probably part of yours, too!
The CSL activities are very diverse and they align with the course or elective you are taking. You work with a community partner to analyse, to understand, and to directly or indirectly address issues in society. This means that your insights and results are put to real use. In addition, you acquire skills that will be valuable in your future career.
You learn to cooperate with community partners and with people who are closely involved with the issue or problem. You also acquire social, cultural and communication skills, practice creative and critical thinking, and learn to reflect on your own behaviour and that of others.
You could, for instance, gain insights into the various causes of loneliness in a particular district and what works and doesn’t work to help alleviate it. Or you could find out how to make the Amsterdam tram more accessible without increasing the stopping time. Or perhaps you could focus on how to get people to recycle and upcycle to help prepare society for a circular economy. These are just a few examples of the many possible problems for which you can develop solutions.