Additional resources

Office of International Programs
and Development

5000 Abbey Way SE
Old Main Room 430
Lacey, WA 98503
Phone: 360-438-4504
Fax: 360-438-4359
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST

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Service Learning Opportunities

The Office of International Programs and Development offers a multitude of volunteer and service learning opportunities for both international and domestic students.

Why should I volunteer?

  • Stronger proficiency in the English language and in the American culture.
  • You will benefit from the opportunity to practice English with native speakers as well as witness and participate in the American culture around volunteering.
  • Student connection to the greater community.
  • Your social connections can provide meaning and purpose to your life, while protecting you from isolation in difficult periods. Research also suggests that volunteer activities offer more than just a social network to provide support and alleviate stress; volunteering also provides you with a sense of purpose and life satisfaction.

Current service learning opportunities

Activity Date/Time Location Description
Sacred Heart Emergency Outreach M/W/F from 1-3 p.m. Located across the street from SMU's Track This organization collects food and hygiene products to give to those in need.
The Clothing Bank W/F from 1-3 p.m. Located within Sacred Heart across the street from SMU's Track Help collect and sort clothing to donate to those in need.

Student testimonials

When I knew that I had to volunteer for more than ten hours, I was worried about it. I did not have much experience of volunteering, my English was not good enough, and I did not know where to go. However, I figured out there are a lot of chances via e-mail, and everybody was kind to the volunteers. So, I could do a lot of activities not only for volunteering, but also for fun and learning.”
- Inchan Kim

Volunteering is a best short cut for both visitors and international students to touch a real American life and understanding about American history and culture.”
- Yeqi Gu