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What is Community Based Attachment?

Community Based Attachment is the application of one's skills, gifts, and resources to enhance the quality of life of people in need. Students engage at the end of their 1st Year undergraduate course in volunteer activities that focus on providing services off-campus needed by different sectors of the community. 200 hours minimum must be completed at one service site.

Why Community Service?

  • Enhance faculty capacity for research and teaching;
  • Help students apply their skills and knowledge to societal problems;
  • Help students build capacity for learning and leadership;
  • Help students develop personally, professionally and academically;
  • Help students understand themselves, their community and their role.

Why is it a Graduation Requirement?

Strathmore University is a leading not-for-profit private university operating in Kenya, which aims at serving the Kenyan society to the best of its ability. Part of its mission is to provide service to Society. It is in this spirit that the Community Service requirement was created and each student is required to serve others. Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisors, early in their university experience, the options for fulfilling the Community Service requirement.


  • Create an awareness of the needs of others and to develop more compassionate human beings who are able to respond to these needs
  • Acquaint students with career and professional-skill-volunteering possibilities in the nonprofit sector.


At the end of their 1st year of undergraduate study, students participate and complete a minimum requirement of 200 hours at one service site. They must:

  • Collect an Introduction Letter from the Faculty Help desk.
  • Download and fill in the both sides of the Details Form and present it to your faculty attachment coordinator prior to commencing your attachment using the available channels indicated.
    • The CBA List highlights where students have completed their attachments previously, but it is not exhaustive. If you have an organization not on the list, kindly consult with your Faculty attachment coordinator before you begin your attachment.
  • Download the Report Guidelines and present the Attachment Report to the faculty attachment coordinator 2 weeks into your 2nd year course work.

Course Code


Bachelors' Degree




CBA 1200

Leadership and Management

CBA 1200

Finance & Applied Economics

BBS Actuarial Science

CBA 1200

BBS Finance

BBS Financial Economics

Information Technology

Business Information Technology

CBA 1200


CBA 1200


CBA 1200

Tourism & Hospitality

Tourism Management

CBA 1200

Hospitality Management

CBA Guidelines

The CBA experience provides students the opportunity to:

  • Interact with people from various cultures and life situations and address societal issues that challenge the community.
  • Engage with non-profit organizations.

The CBA experience:


  • separate from service required by internship or another course;
  • directly beneficial to the community;
  • done for and under the auspices of a nonprofit organization accredited by the University.


  • compensation;
  • counting hours spent sleeping, traveling or training;
  • direct political campaigning;
  • participating in events such as fundraisers where the student does not interact directly with the non-profit organization.
  • working for any private individual or family not directly associated with a nonprofit agency is not eligible

CBA Outcomes

  • Acquire skills in learning from experience (to observe, ask questions, synthesize, problem solve)
  • Recognize and address the needs of the community.
  • Add a positive value to your university experience.
  • Develop personally.
  • Build meaningful relationships with individuals in the community.
  • Believe that you have the ability to make a difference.
  • Develop an understanding and compassion for people from various cultures and life situations.
  • Experience the satisfaction of doing something worthwhile for a community.
  • Learn to use your skills, talents, and knowledge to benefit others.
  • Better understand an organization's structure, goals and importance to the community.

CBA Rights and Responsibilities




  • Expect clear and appropriate assignments
  • Experience fulfilling work
  • Receive orientation and training
  • Expect informed involvement with agency
  • Encounter safe and healthy working conditions
  • Have access to individuals to go to for help
  • Set up a service experience in a timely manner
  • Be persistent in your communication
  • Be honest about goals, skills, limitations and motivations
  • Fulfill your commitment
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Cooperate with staff
  • Be flexible and open-minded
  • Stay informed
  • Ask for help when needed
  • Understand your role

Community Service Partners



  • Expect support for your site and its personnel
  • Expect students to be responsible, flexible, cooperative, and to fulfill their commitment.
  • Provide fulfilling and challenging tasks
  • Require students to attend orientation and training
  • Provide safe and healthy working conditions
  • Offer adequate supervision and help when needed
  • Complete paperwork (service log and evaluation)
  • Inform Faculty attachment coordinator of concerns or issues
  • Expose students to issues related to your site
  • Reflect with students on what they are learning from their service experience.


Details Form
Students are asked to submit this completed form before commencing attachment to inform their faculty attachment coordinator of their service placement. It asks the students to describe and determine goals for the service experience. It must be signed by the Student, Site Manager and the faculty attachment coordinator. This form must be submitted to recognize these service hours as part of the community based attachment requirement for graduation.

You can download the details form here.

Report Guidelines
Student comments are solicited at the end of the Attachment regarding the service and service site . The Guidelines will contain the Service Log or Daily Diary of a record of hours served (200 hours minimum) and specific activities each visit. Form is typically kept on-site. If a site requires a separate sign-in, the student should ask who will fill out the Service Log.

You can download the report guidelines here.


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