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International Work Camps

Volunteering in Spain and Europe

This project is developed jointly with UNIJES. It offers you the opportunity to participate in intensive projects related to your academic studies with students from other European universities, in different destinations and learning at institutions with great experience in social intervention.

Description of the proyects (fly program).

Who can participate?
To apply, you must be an undergraduate or postgraduate student at the university.

Those who are studying at Deusto as exchange students can also apply. In any case, you should meet all the requirements of the project. This includes active, face-to-face participation in the training process, which takes place during the second semester.

Deusto students who are on an exchange programme at another university during the academic year can also apply, but it may be difficult to be selected, if the exchange programme is for the full academic year or takes place during the second semester: they should meet all the requirements of the project, which include active participation in the training process that is held in the second semester. If applicants are unable to attend the training sessions, there will be no chance of being selected.

The selection process takes into account personal motivations, previous experience in volunteering, training, personal maturity, ability to deal with unexpected situations or situations that may generate conflict, willingness to collaborate... Likewise, the positive elements that candidates can contribute to the group’s activities will also be taken into account. In some cases, and when there is a specific indication from one of the local partners, the academic profile will be an element to be assessed. This information is specified in each project factfile.

Spanish nationality is not a requirement for participation in any of the projects, although it may entail additional legal requirements depending on local legislation in other countries. In all cases, if a visa or any other requirement is needed to enter and stay in the particular country, volunteers will be responsible for the arrangements and the costs involved.

The application is for the programme as a whole, not for individual projects: each candidate must indicate their destination preferences (at least one), but the final decision on selection and destination is reserved by the programme. Each application is handled on an individual basis: individuals are selected, not couples or groups.

The selection process includes the evaluation of the documentation submitted and a personal interview with each applicant, which will last about twenty minutes. The programme reserves the right to add further assessment elements if additional information is needed for decision-making.

he programme reserves the right to exclude already selected candidates from the summer project if they do not participate in the compulsory training process, or if their attitude, behaviour and/or commitment during the training process do not show the minimum willingness expected for a project of this nature.

What does it involve?
This experience involves an exchange and learning in the field:

  • Diverse... It removes prejudices and shows the richness of diversity.
  • Connected... It builds bridges and uncovers realities.
  • Valuable... It contributes to organisations, individuals and communities.
  • Reflective... It helps to understand global dynamics and take a critical view.
  • Transformative...It questions and engages you with a vision of justice.

The University Volunteering in Spain and Europe programme aims to strengthen the commitment of the University of Deusto and its Spanish and European partner universities to the sustainable development of our world as a whole, and to contribute to the awareness of university communities to the problems arising from inequality, injustice and inequity.

Deusto Campus will call for several university volunteering projects for summer 2022, jointly with its partner universities. Students from all of them will take part in them in mixed groups. The projects that are currently featured on the website are those called for summer 2021, and it is likely that several of them, perhaps with some new ones, will be part of the 2022 call. All information presented at this stage is provisional.

What will I do?
These projects have one element in common: they offer social intervention experiences in local contexts (in Spain, in nearby countries and other European countries) in projects with different levels of intensity and demand. The activity in the field is generally linked to participants’ academic programmes. The projects are aimed at Deusto students who have a genuine interest in putting their personal and academic skills into play and integrating this experience into their professional and civic commitment. Projects cover field expenses and travel insurance, but not travel to sites. Deusto offers these projects on the dates agreed with the local partners and is not in a position to change the deadlines, shorten or lengthen the stays offered or to personally manage offers other than those proposed.

What will I learn?

  • Integration of the volunteering experience in the university training process and the development of the professional profile.
  • Generation and development of attitudes of service, altruism and solidarity.
  • Coexistence and integration in a complex and sometimes culturally diverse reality.
  • Teamwork and coexistence with people from different social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Development of skills and competences linked to the nature of the project.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the causes of inequalities.
  • Involvement in the construction of a fairer and more united world.
  • Development of skills as a potential driver of social change.

The regulations resulting from the Bologna Process provide for the possibility of recognition in the form of credits for social voluntary activities. The conditions for this recognition include participation in the entire project process (including training and subsequent assessment) and the production of a report on the experience.

The duration of projects varies from two to three weeks (the most common) to two months. The project factfile contains this information.



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