n Commonwealth Youth and Development - A reflection on challenges facing volunteerism in South Africa




The move in South Africa towards vocation-directed tertiary education that has come into being as a result of mergers between technikons and universities has resulted in the need for service learning and volunteer programmes to be introduced to integrate 'real-world' experiences with academic skills and reflexive practices to help students to develop self-esteem and civic responsibility. This article identifies a number of themes prevalent in the literature. These are theoretical principles; course design and assessment; community partnerships; student involvement and institutional culture; and service learning and volunteerism in the South African context.


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