Good Shepherd School

Placement vs. Project

Placement
Project
Students can choose among several agencies which are preapproved for the course Agency usually chosen in advance by professor
Students must be offered a placement by an agency and then accept a placement offer Students don't need to choose or be chosen by an agency
Students must turn in signed timesheets twice per semester Students fill out a project hours report online at the end of the semester
Usually involves direct service
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Can be direct or indirect service
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Eligible for transcript notations Eligible for transcript notations

 

Indirect service and direct service are equally valuable. Direct service involves hands-on, face-to-face interaction with an agency's clients. Indirect service refers to capacity-building work which benefits the agency by supplementing its resources or boosting its effectiveness.

EXAMPLES
Indirect service:  Designing a flyer to help a hospital publicize a blood drive
Direct service:  Donating blood or greeting and screening donors at the blood drive

Indirect service:  Producing a directory of local food banks for a homeless shelter
Direct service:  Cooking and distributing meals at the homeless shelter