Team’s service learning phase gives students the opportunity to expand their social horizons and make contributions to their community. Students work both in individual placements and on group projects that involve the entire class. Service is an integral part of Team’s academic curriculum; students will write papers and give oral presentations to the class based on their research and personal experience. In the twenty-three years of the program’s existence, Team students have provided approximately 33,000 hours—sixteen full work years—of service to more than 200 Bay Area agencies. In a typical year, students spend a day working as a group in the Glide kitchen in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, a day doing habitat restoration during the spring Joshua Tree trip, and one to three days doing habitat restoration, wildfire fuel reduction, or trail building on our June wilderness trip. Students also work in small groups leading ropes courses at Fort Miley in San Francisco throughout the year. The individual community service phase takes place in the fall semester after we return from our Sierra trip. Each student spends nine consecutive Tuesdays in a placement of his or her choosing. During the community service phase, students must learn and report about the agencies at which they are placed—how they are structured, who they serve, how they are financed, their history, their effectiveness, and more.
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