Over the last 25 years over 1,500 RICHMOND students have participated in the RICHMOND volunteer program, engaging in community service and leaving a mark in both students’ personal and professional lives. Volunteer work is offered to those who wish to take an active role in their local community. Placements are offered in a variety of different environments – schools, hospitals, museums and day care and recreational centers. This is a great opportunity for students to improve their Italian language ability, to gain the confidence of the locals and to experience the heart and soul of Italian culture.
Service Learning and Active Citizenship
Students wishing to earn academic credit for their volunteer work can take the Service Learning and Active Citizenship course, a 3-credit course combining a community placement with written work, designed to provide students of all majors with the intellectual, professional and personal skills that will enable them to function well in the community and gain valuable life experience. The Service Learning course is based on the principles of civic engagement, ethical social responsibility and social justice. The assessment is based on reflective learning, social analysis and public problem solving. Due to the amount of hours students must commit to work, it is strongly recommended that they enroll in a maximum of 3 other courses.