The Rural Alliance for Service Learning
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Welcome to the Rural Alliance for Service Learning

The natural environment, unique occupations, space, low-density population, and a strong sense of place help define rural communities. Rural life is an important component of our natural heritage.
Mission Statement
The mission of the Rural Alliance for Service Learning is to encourage, enhance, and study the role of service learning in building healthier and more vibrant rural communities. In conjunction with community partners, service learning practitioners will strive to build upon the positive attributes of the rural culture while mitigating the negative factors. Rural Service Learning can involve studies, service, co-operative programs and projects, and policy development. In the process, students will develop their potential as future engaged citizens.

Rural Service Learning News

New book: The Landscape of Rural Service Learning 
We are thrilled to announce that our new book, The Landscape of Rural Service Learning, and What it Teaches Us All is now available from Michigan State University Press

Do you have announcements about rural service learning? 
Please send relevant announcements and we will post them here.  Contact Randy Stoecker at

RASL Activities

RASL just finished organizing an anthology on rural service learning, currently under review. 

In the past, RASL has organized gatherings of rural service learning practitioners and is hoping to do so again.

RASL Membership

RASL is not currently a formal membership organization.  If you would like to get on our e-mail list (we only use it to announce major stuff), please see the contact page.
Yorkshire Dales Landscape background photo by Petr Kratochvil.