Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Southern
Taken from the fall 2006 class schedule.
OLLI students are engaged this fall in the following service learning
PORTLAND TRAILS SERVICE LEARNING
The Need – Portland Trails (a non-profit land
trust and trail building organization) needs help creating educational
guided tours of trails for adults and children. The self-guided walking
tours produced by the class will be posted on their web site, www.trails.org
The Service Project – The class will work individually
and in teams researching selected trails in the Portland Trails network.
Content is dependant on the trail and may include historical points
of interest, geology, natural history, flora and fauna, etc. By the
end of class, students will have completed a compilation of their research
and developed a written tour ready to be posted on the Portland Trails
The Learning – In order to begin their research,
OLLI students will learn about Portland Trails as an organization and
the trails in its network. Class members will then select a trail or
trails they would like to research, visit the trail to gather information,
undertake research and prepare a written tour ready to be posted on
the web site.
HOSPICE CARE SERVICE LEARNING
The Need – Right in the community there are people
who need help to deal with life-limiting illness or that of a family
member. As a hospice volunteer, members provide comfort, companionship,
and a helping hand in a variety of ways.
The Project – Members will learn that hospice
care is really about living life to the fullest right up to the end.
In this project, they will learn about end-of-life care and what the
Medicare Hospice benefit can provide for those with a life-limiting
illness. They can also choose to become a vital part of the hospice
team as a volunteer who helps to create an environment of hope and comfort.
The Learning – In eight two-hour sessions, participants
will learn from professionals on the hospice team about: the history
and philosophy of hospice, death, dying and bereavement, the medical
aspects of hospice, the hospice family, effective communication, supporting
the spiritual needs of the patient and family, and the rights and responsibilities
of being a hospice volunteer. They can also choose to receive a certificate
and become a volunteer with an additional five hours of training set
up at their convenience.