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Service Learning

Service is the act of giving from the heart to humanity and back to our created world, which in turn strengthens others and the self while providing a sense of gratitude and healing.

Gain a deeper understanding of yourself and social justice as you encounter differences related to race, class and privilege.

Question social inequalities and find meaningful ways to make positive change.

Address the symptoms of injustice and seek ways to heal its causes.

You’ll experience your first service project before you even begin classes as a new Thresher. Service is just engrained in our DNA.

  • Service: that prizes compassion and concern for the powerless – Bethel values statement
  • 20,000+ meals packaged for local food bank
  • 425+ service opportunities available annually

Service – on campus

Experience a community that encourages, fosters and provides regular opportunities to take care of each other and our surroundings.

Service – in the community

Live out your commitment to service each fall during Service Day. Classes are cancelled and the campus unites to focus on service projects in the local community.

Service – around the globe

Travel to Haiti to serve in local clinics or help teach children. Spend summer in Mexico working with QUEST Mexico, examining issues related to economics, diversity, human rights, religion and immigration.

Service – after Bethel College

A common post-graduation practice is accepting a voluntary service (VS) assignment in any number of agencies across the country. Graduates embrace an attitude of service in their work – in schools, hospitals, nonprofit agencies, research labs, churches – as well as in their everyday life.

How can I earn a scholarship or academic credit for my service?

Focus on service, and you could earn a $5,500 service learning scholarship for volunteering while gaining work experience.

Further affirming your commitment to care for your neighbors, earn up to one hour of academic credit for each month of voluntary service. To receive credit, you must meet certain conditions and return to campus as a Bethel student. For further information and application forms, consult the registrar.

Mission Statement

Bethel College prepares students for meaningful lives of work and service through faith formation, the liberal arts, and practical experience in career pathways.