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Service learning is most effective as a regular and ongoing experience, so consider activities where you can make a regular contribution. Your own school community could provide you with a starting point for a wide range of service learning opportunities.
Any work that is paid cannot be included. So, if your athletics coaching or lifeguarding is paid, it cannot form part of service learning. Also, take care with fundraising. For fundraising to have meaning it must be clear that there is a direct and genuine benefit for others, not just to raise money for a visit where you are the main beneficiary!
You need to find activities which will meet the five learning outcomes established by the IB:
Identify your own strengths and areas for growth.
Demonstrate participation with service learning.
Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively.
Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance.
Recognize and consider the ethics of decisions and actions.