Virtual Leisure Buddy Program Provides Experiential Learning During Pandemic

Due to COVID-19, students working to earn recreation and leisure services degrees are losing out on valuable, practical experiences. These opportunities help students share knowledge about their studies with community members and participants. To ensure EWU students get the experiential learning they need to be successful job candidates after graduation, the program is working to replace those in-person experiences with a virtual leisure buddy program.

Recreation and Leisure Services is looking for community participants who would like to participate. Whether your recreation interests are outdoor, indoor, specialized or more scholarly, they’ll match you with students who share your passion. If you don’t have something specific in mind, let them know and they’ll connect you with a student and ask you to complete a few surveys that will help you learn something new about yourself and maybe even help you gain a new hobby!

Participating Academic Programs

To take part, visit the Virtual Leisure Buddies webpage and complete the brief survey. Faculty will link you with an EWU student who is studying your area of interest. Once paired, the student will contact you to meet virtually via Zoom, text, email, phone, etc.

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