Service Learning at ZAK

ZAK offers the following seminars in the field of interdisciplinary, key competence-oriented service learning:

Balu und Du

In this program, students can combine volunteering and studying: They spend time with a primary school child and support him/her in extracurricular activities. They record their experiences in a diary and exchange them in an ECTS-enabled accompanying seminar. Participation begins in the summer semester, and is mandatory for a period of two semesters.

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« En route! » – Become a global citizen through cross-border service learning

This service-learning format is part of the EPICUR Internship Exchange Programme that connects the regions of the European University by offering students cross-border civic engagement activities at one of the EPICUR locations. The civic engagement activities are accompanied by an online intercultural service-learning seminar that allows students to meet each other from different parts of the EPICUR region. The programme provides not only practical work experiences and relevant theoretical inputs but also strengthens the students’ intercultural competences and soft skills through additional training opportunities that is offered to all participants of the EPICUR Internship Exchange Programme.

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Do it!

Do it! is a project idea of Agentur mehrwert gGmbH nd is offered in Karlsruhe by ZAK and the Center of Competence of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with the Catholic University Community of Karlsruhe. The students work 40 hours in selected social institutions. In an introductory workshop, they are prepared to look for a social partner institution themselves and receive an introduction to the topic. After the practical phase, an evaluation takes place to reflect on how the knowledge gained can be transferred to the student teamwork and the future professional situation. The implementation takes place in the winter semester.

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Rock your life! 

Students are trained to become Rock Your Life! (RYL!) mentors in order to open up new opportunities and perspectives for educationally disadvantaged students. The mentors have a one-to-one relationship with a student for two years. They advise and assist the student in the transition to work or to a secondary school. Part of the qualification as a mentor is regular meetings with the student and reliable participation in RYL! seminars and evaluations.

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Active in “foreign” worlds – involvement in refugee work during studies

In the city of Karlsruhe, the state's initial reception facility for refugees is an organisational complex in which a wide range of social actors are responsible for the care/accommodation, administration and support of asylum seekers. Within this “microcosm”, and in cooperation with independent procedural and social counselling, student should be able to combine knowledge acquisition and civic engagement. This project seminar was offered in cooperation with the Caritas Association Karlsruhe e.V. in the winter semester 2017/18. The students were able to get involved in working with refugees in sports and leisure activities, reception and accompaniment during their first hours in Karlsruhe, in bureaucratic and legal processes or with their own project ideas.

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