These stories are small sample of the thousands of heart-to-heart visits made by our team of 60-90 UCSB volunteer interns each year. Their compassionate listening reduces distress and restores well-being for 800 frail seniors in local nursing homes—50% of whom have no other visitors.

The difference between volunteering and service-learning is the ongoing reflection and coaching that builds advanced skills. By reflecting on their visits in writing, or on-camera, and getting feedback, AiC volunteer interns continually improve their emotional maturity, communication skill, and capacity for compassion. Here are excerpts from student journals and interviews, written or filmed after their rounds. It is perhaps the best evidence of how the Adventures in Caring program is changing lives.

Simon Fox presents five volunteers from the Student Program.

In Their Own Words