My Service Learning Experiences Essay

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What connections do you make between your service-learning experiences and some of the themes addressed in class (justice, love, rights, responsibility, relationships, etc.)?

There were several connections made between my service learning experiences and themes addressed in class. Some of the connections were about human dignity, solidarity, subsidiarity and equity. My service learning took place in a nursing home and the applicability of human dignity became abundantly clear. Teachings of solidarity and equity were directly exemplified. Social ties hold people together and are able to support the people who don’t have the power to help themselves. Subsidiarity is also a relevant issue; decisions for helping the elderly is best
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The bulk of my time was spent working in the activity room. The room was big enough to hold people from different floors. It was located at the bottom of a ramp which made assistance necessary for the majority of residents coming or leaving the room. There was an elevator used near the room that required assistance operating and helping residents to their rooms. The room had a refrigerator filled with goodies as well as a small kitchen with an oven. Some of my time was spent in the residents halls and going to their rooms with snacks and drinks. A favorite nostalgic country music and variety TV show was shown in the resident lounge which housed a big screen TV as well as a large glass birdhouse with exotic birds. The smells varied throughout my experience from freshly baked cake to the fetid smell of some rooms to a distinctive “hospital smell” in other rooms.
What kind of tasks did you do while serving?

During “happy hour,” I would assist in going to residents’ rooms and offering snacks and drinks. I assisted in other activities such as baking and bingo. I helped bring residents to and from the activity room. General things such as passing out cards and chips for bingo or serving tea or coffee I was able to take care of so the coordinator could focus on the main task at hand. I was also able to directly interact with residents by running games of bingo and assisting residents in

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