"Service Learning" discipline was introduced in the curriculum of all bachelor programs at Alma University in 2015 for the first time in Kazakhstan. Within this unique discipline 1 year students learn to serve the society and to apply their knowledge in practice, working as volunteers in various social organizations for the benefit of society.
Only for the first 2 academic years 833 first year students studied "Service Learning" program. They have impelemented more than 45 social projects in various areas:
- direct assistance to lonely elderly people, poor families, people with disabilities;
- work for the environment benefit;
- training and communication with orphanages, boarding schools, refugee children;
- monitoring of socially significant problems of the society;
- charity events, etc.
The program was implemented with assistance of Akimat of Almaty, government institutions (Boarding school №2, Children's homes №1 and №2"), Social organizations ("Kenes", "Youth organization of people with disabilities "Zhiger", "Association of parents of children with disabilities, “International Association for social projects", "Aman saulyk", "Merciful hands"); Charity funds "Bauyrzhan", "Dara", "Ana uyi" and others. Total 22 partner organizations.