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
- 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
Current service learning opportunities
Sacred Heart Emergency Outreach
M/W/F from 1 p.m. - 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 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Located within Sacred Heart across the street from SMU's
Help collect and sort clothing to donate to those in need.|
“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
- 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
Saint Martin’s students volunteer at Restore
- Campus Ministry (Old Main, second floor)
- HANDS (Student Club)
- Sarah Hampton (OIPD, Old Main 430)
- Volunteer Center of Lewis, Mason, and Thurston, Counties
- Local churches, schools, or community organizations
- Bus schedule