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Solidarity

International Work Camps

Volunteering in Latin America and Africa

This project, carried out jointly by the University of Deusto, Comillas Pontifical University and Ramón Lull University, seeks to promote an educational and solidarity experience based on direct experience; getting involved with different realities can help build a global citizenship mindset, open to diversity and committed to an international vision of justice and solidarity. In summer. 

Description of the proyects (fly program).

Who can participate?
To apply, you must be an undergraduate or postgraduate student at the university. In the latter case, it should be borne in mind that international summer volunteering projects are conceived as experiences of initial approach to the realities of the South: the fact that the interest in participating has to do, for example, with a possible professional vocation in the field of development does not increase the chances of being selected.

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.

Apart from the formal requirements for the Kenya Project (in particular age, see information in the project's own document) and the Ecuador Project (women only), 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.

Spanish nationality is not a requirement for participation in any of the projects. However, it is possible that entry into Peru, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador or the Dominican Republic may require a visa, from which Spaniards are exempt. In this case, volunteers will be responsible for the arrangements and their costs.

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.

The 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 do not show the minimum willingness expected for a project of this nature.

What does it involve?
The Aristos Campus Mundus University Volunteering in Latin America and Africa projects aim to strengthen the commitment of Aristos Campus Mundus to the sustainable development of our world as a whole, and contribute to the awareness of university communities to the problems arising from inequality, injustice and inequity.

Aristos Campus Mundus intends to call for several international volunteering projects for summer 2022, where students from all participating universities will participate in mixed groups: in Peru and Kenya (both lasting two months, July and August) and one in Mexico, one in Chile, one in Brazil, one in the Dominican Republic and two in Ecuador (all lasting one month, always in July except for one of the projects in Ecuador, which is in August). Given the situation from which we are still recovering, it cannot yet be confirmed that all projects will be launched. It is also possible that some new initiatives may be added. 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 focusing their career on social intervention and/or international cooperation or in integrating this experience into their professional and civic commitment. In various ways, 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 in 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.

When?
Aristos Campus Mundus aims to call for several international volunteering projects for summer 2022: in Peru and Kenya (both lasting two months, July and August) and one in Mexico, one in Chile, one in Brazil, one in the Dominican Republic and two in Ecuador (all lasting one month, always in July except one of the projects in Ecuador, which is in August). Given the situation from which we are still recovering, it cannot yet be confirmed that all projects will be able to be launched. It is also possible that some new initiatives may be added. All information presented at this stage is provisional.

The programme starts when the participants are selected and the training period begins and concludes with an evaluation and debriefing meeting on their return. The field stay is the central part of the programme, but not the only one. Training is a substantive part of the programme and failure to participate may result in exclusion from the programme. We see this programme as a serious opportunity to get closer to other realities and the whole process is important.

With minor and justified exceptions (e.g. the need to shorten the stay by a few days due to participation in an exchange programme with a university that starts classes at the end of August), the commitment to participate must be for the full duration of the project in the field.

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