Our program is a transverse university program which aim is to maximize the number of students doing their Final Degree Project (FDP) with Service-Learning methodology. This program is focused on three different actors:
- a) social and environmental organizations and institutions
- b) university teachers
- c) university students
What we do is to encourage social organizations to present us challenges based on their necessities or the necessities of their beneficiaries through an application form. In first place, we analyse those application forms and we go back to the organizations to clarify those forms that are not clear enough or that we don’t think they will fit in with an FDP. Secondly, we distribute the challenges to the different university schools (law, politics, education, engineering, etc.) and together with S-L representative of each faculty we analyse the best way to push them through in order to be offered to the students of the different school degrees. At the same time, we promote S-L among students and professors doing conferences and trainings.
Once challenges have been chosen, we connect the student and its tutor to the organization that has suggest the challenge, and we keep checking the development of the S-L experience from time to time. At the end of the university year, we ask the three actors to evaluate their experience through short surveys and to fill a S-L request with the details of the project in order to certificate it as a proper Service-Learning experience.
Moreover, we offer students the possibility to submit their projects to the S-L Mention of the Sustainable Development and Global Justice FDP Awards.
After many years of S-L experiences in the university carried out by professors, two years ago the UAB decided to give political and financial support to implement this methodology throughout the university. Also with the financial support of Barcelona City Council and the experience of some professors and the Fundació Autònoma Solidària, different structures were created such as the Service-Learning Office, a S-L innovation project and different working groups, one of them with representatives of all UAB schools.
Further information in Catalan: http://pagines.uab.cat/aps/ca
Further information in English: https://pagines.uab.cat/aps/en