This chapter aims to show how the predominantly North American-based concept of service learning (Jacoby et al. 1996; Eyler and Giles 1999; Frumkin and Jastrzab 2010) translates into the context of a European university. After a brief overview of the theory of service learning and community service, we introduce the program Volunteering@WU, which can be classified as a hybrid of community service and service learning. Stakeholders’ interests, goals, methods, performance and evaluation procedures are discussed in detail, followed by a description of the program’s development within its six-year period of existence. The chapter then discusses several challenges to the programming with a view to future development opportunities.
The article discusses practices of overcoming critical life situations which reflect the duality of the social sphere. Structural limitations as external objective circumstances form a limited set of alternatives, however, an actor, given his (her) own motivation and supporting agents, is able to realize one of the possible scripts of overcoming the crisis. The specific nature of research into the practices of overcoming critical life situations, which are not readily available for everyday observation, predetermines the choice of the biographical (narrative) method as a research strategy focused on subjective interpretations of one's life past events.