Fundamentals of Community Immersion
Engaging to different community service is the proper way to put in action what has been discussed inside the school. This will give you better understanding of different phases to communicate to the community and how to react in every situation it is facing. During the immersion, the students are expected to collaborate with the community especially in implementing the project proposal they came up. Thus, the project proposal of the students should be an answer or a solution the community need for a specific and identified community or social problem. Here are some definitions of Community Immersion:
- It is a form of service learning that is integrated with a student passions and interests. - It is a social strategy in public safety education and training designed to bridge the gap between theoretical instruction and the realities of public safety work through experiential learning. - It provides young people with opportunities to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real-life situations in their own communities - It enhances what is taught in school by extending student learning beyond the classroom and into the community - It is an integrated with specific learning objectives and provides structured time for youth to think, talk, or write about what they did and saw during the actual service activity - Under which young people learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized experiences that meet actual community needs that are coordinated with the school and community; - That is integrated with specific learning objectives and provides structured time for youth to think, talk, or write about what they did and saw during the actual service activity; - That is related to community development and social justice; - Helps foster a sense of caring for others through direct involvement; and that is supported by regular assessment to provide feedback and guide improvement. Community immersion learning fulfills many of the school’s goals for students – becoming involved citizens, learning through worthwhile tasks, and developing leadership, advocacy and problem-solving skills. It also provides another avenue for students to discover new interests and meet potential mentors. -------------------------------------------------
Protocols in Community Immersion
Protocols in Community Immersion
Before submitting yourself to do community service it is important that you are knowledgeable on the place you’re going to immerge. A good community profiling will help you understand how you can cope up with the community especially to the people living there. A simple idea on city or barangay ordinances will be a great help for you to have an idea on their way of living. You must learn to communicate to them to have a good relationship. Here are some tips
Listen to your Facilitator‘s instructions.| Perform any task without your Facilitator‘s knowledge or consent.| Be Simple.| Wear attention-catching clothes and jewelries. As much as possible also, avoid bringing-out your expensive gadgets like cellphones, MP3 players and the like.| Always go with your assigned ―buddy.| Go to the community and wander by yourself.| Integrate! Observe.| Confine yourselves within your group/ class.| Integrate! Observe.| Confine yourselves within your group/ class.| Be courteous and polite. Use ―opo or ―po while conversing with those who are older than you.| Use curse or offensive terms/ words. | Be a role model. Be aware that in community work, you carry not only yourself but the name of the Institute.| Show your disgust or annoyance if any inconvenience were encountered. | Know the purpose and limitations of your visit.| Make any promises that you cannot fulfill. This will only give false hope to them.| Bring your own resources (foods,water,etc)| Ask the Community to take care...