With this Service-Learning experience me and the members of my team have definitively learned that things are not always what they seem to be at first sight. The organization we have been helping and working, works crediting businesses with a quality seal that means the organization covers a series of requisites that have to do with disabled people.
The person in charge of our project was Azucena. The first day she arrived we saw an apparently strong woman with a top managerial position in the organization she worked in. She talked about disabled people and disabilities, and we, the four of us, listened carefully. But, when she had finished talking, she revealed she herself had a disability we weren’t even able to see! This was shocking. She left us thunderstruck. Since this first meeting, we changed completely our vision about disabilities and started thinking about all the different existing types apart from being on a wheelchair.
Throughout the months we have spent on this project, the main learning is that all the things we have learned on the University the last four years are a perfect tool to help people and organizations, and that not all the value we can create with our knowledge has to be paid with money. The feeling of gratitude we found from the people we helped is comforting enough. In this sense, in our future careers and life we will try to keep a place for these type of initiatives.
Year: 2019 – 2020
Institution: Universidad Pontificia de Comillas – ICADE
# of students: 4
Interaction with beneficiaries: Face-to-face
Academic Degree: Undergraduate
Discipline(s): Business | Statistics
Community Service Area & ODS: Decent work and economic growth | Reducing inequalities | Industry, innovation and infraestructure