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Service Learning

Service-learning encourages students to validate course concepts through engagement in activities that address community needs. Service-Learning is a learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience and strengthen communities.

An exciting, hands-on approach to education were students identify and address real community challenges, using knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Service-learning actively engages students in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

Many courses at MassBay are enhanced by the service-learning approach. Here are some examples

At the Waltham Fields Community Farm and community gardens of The Food Project, MassBay nutrition and geography students have learned about food cultivation while helping to harvest produce for area food pantries. 

On a monthly basis, MassBay faculty and staff join students from across the disciplines in serving at soup kitchens in Framingham, Waltham, and Boston.   Since 2004, the College has partnered with The Wellesley Council on Aging, the Town’s Office of Veterans Services and our neighbors at Mt. St. Vincent to recruit seniors who will tell their stories.  More than twenty-five oral histories already have been recorded.

For more information about the College's Service-Learning Program, please contact Professor Marco Mena, Director of Service-Learning, at or at 781-239-2465.