Through Volunteering, the UdG wants to influence the development of transversal skills of students to contribute to their training as active and socially responsible citizens.
The volunteer program is based on two complementary activities.
On the one hand, the programme offers university students specific training related to the SDGs. The training is focused on issues such as health, addictions, development cooperation, disability, sustainability, gender, racism, etc. In addition it offers a specific introductory course to the SDGs and also deals with the SDGs individually via the interuniversity course “Visions of an unequal world ”. All courses are online and consist of a series of short videos that the student can look at whenever and wherever they want, within a period of time. In addition, an online roundtable is also held so that students can interact and ask questions to the speakers, and finally, they must complete one or more tasks in order to assess the assimilation of the content.
On the other hand, it offers the possibility of putting into practice the knowledge acquired in the trainings and applying the new knowledge and skills in the field, carrying out solidarity activities in collaboration with social entities.
We understand this program as a part of the student’s training and learning. So once the training course and the 25 hours of solidarity activities have been completed, the student can obtain 2 credits of academic recognition.
The model we follow is been proven successful because for the 9th consecutive year the UdG leads the ranking of Spanish universities with the higherst number of volunteer projects (with 270 projects in the 19/20 academic year and more than 1,500 participants, figure which accounts for 10% of the university’s student body).
To continue moving in this direction, we plan to incorporate new topics that have not been addressed so far, such as suicide or eating disorders, just to name a few. However, we want to improve the dissemination of the round tables that are carried out in order to be able to extend them to society and continue to work together with social entities in order to continue to expand the range of volunteering activity options.