Service learning takes much from experiential education in that it involves participants in hands on, real life activities in the community. More than simply community service, however, service learning includes components of instruction and reflection that add deeper meaning to the already valuable experience of helping others. Service learning can be understood as a way to bring about the “transformation” of participants so that they develop a sense of responsibility and caring for others, confidence in their own ability to make a difference in their communities, and an ability to work together with people from different backgrounds to their own.
Everyone has two purposes: the purpose for the individual and the purpose for the whole. The purpose for the whole is fulfilled when the individual contributes to the preservation and development of the whole. The purpose for the individual is fulfilled by the multiplication and development of the self as well as self-preservation and self-strengthening. Service learning incorporated both the purpose for the individual and the whole. Through service, the individual can realize how much joy they can feel when they are living for the sake of God and other people. The student can also develop many skills through service such as problem solving, learning how to have good give and take with others, conflict resolution, and using time well. Technical and vocational skills can also be developed.
The whole purpose is also developed through service. From the viewpoint of Unification Thought, working for the whole purpose begins with the right kind of heart. The true motivation for service is a desire to live for the sake of others and improve society.