SERVICE LEARNING

Service Learning

 

The Urban Challenge works with a variety of ‘service’ partners to provide volunteering opportunities for students. Our friends at Kids Giving Back, Thread Together, Rough Edges, Wayside Chapel and The Big Issue Classroom all provide education about the issues surrounding homelessness in Sydney such as substance abuse, domestic violence, unemployment and mental illness.

Each provider focuses these learnings in a different practical direction. At Kids Giving Back, students cook and package meals to be delivered on the streets; at Thread Together, donated clothing items are sorted and packaged to assist those who don’t have access to clean, new clothing; and at Wayside Chapel, students are taken on a walking tour through Kings Cross and Woolloomooloo where many of Sydney’s most vulnerable are cared for through crisis accommodation facilities, not-for-profits and more.

Each experience is truly eye opening and a worthwhile undertaking. The Urban Challenge will customise your service-learning program, incorporating your chosen activity into a broader day of challenges and tasks designed to fit in with the ‘community service’ and ‘giving back’ theme of the day.

Your team may wish to consider a debrief dinner at Spice Alley or in China Town to finish off the day and talk about what you’ve learnt.

Unlimited use of public transport, lunch, an Urban Challenge guide and team equipment is all included in the day.

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