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Volunteers get class credit and competitive student advantage

English: New Orleans, LA, 3-13-06 -- Volunteer...

New Orleans, LA, 3-13-06 — Volunteers  look for salvageable items in this home that was destroyed from Hurricane Katrina. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

Hey, working for no money is lame. But what about the time tested barter system: you work, but in exchange you get college credit for it. That works for me! Just match your major or school subjects with appropriate work in your community or abroad to gain valuable experience that you can’t get in a classroom. When you volunteer for class credit — also called service learning or experiential learning — you can teach kids, contribute to a science project with real scientists, work with nonprofit organizations, bring safe drinking water to communities around the world and a host of other cool things. And remember, internships and volunteer programs offer a student advantage by giving your resume a boost.

Benefits of community volunteering for college credits

Service learning is valuable for a number of disciplines, including education, biology, agriculture, English, geography and business. Read more