Why develop service-learning projects in the university? Where to start? How to articulate SL with the mission and institutional values? What institutional initiatives are required to strengthen the initiatives of teachers and students and sustain them over time? We share key ideas and valuable recommendations for the institutionalization of SL

Summary Safeguarding Guidelines for Porticus Partners

The safety of vulnerable people is paramount. To help partners act on their obligations to manage risks towards children and vulnerable adults, Porticus requires the compliance to a set  of safeguarding measures.

Alejandra Batista 2 min. read

The ABC’s of service-learning

What programmatic features characterize SL experiences at the university level, and how do they differ from other community intervention practices?

UNISERVITATE 2 min. read

How do we identify a Service-learning experience?

There is a wide variety of community intervention experiences through which university students can develop a strong social commitment. What identifies an SL project? How is it similar or different from other proposals?

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The starting point of service-learning

How does a service-learning project come to life? Where do you start? How do you take your first steps?

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Evaluate the process of institutionalization of SL at the University

Progressing in the institutionalization of service learning is key to improving the quality of projects and community interventions. How can the process of institutionalization be evaluated? With what methodological criteria should this be done?

UNISERVITATE 3 min. read

Service-learning as a border crossing

Osman and Petersen propose to think of service-learning as an invitation to cross social, identity and epistemological borders to enter into other forms of teaching, learning and being.

UNISERVITATE 3 min. read


Voices of
Learning Service

"It's a matter of coherence between the command of the Church and the mission of the University (...) It isn't about being good people, it's about giving an opportunity for better quality of teaching and education. This is strategic. Associate it with the improvement processes"

Chantal Jouannet & Manuel Caire, Universidad Católica de Chile

"It is necessary to start from the recognition that the University doesn't own knowledge, and needs to place the leadership in students and the community with their knowledge and experiences"

Daniela Gargantini, Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Argentina

"Service Learning is not a creation of Catholic Universities but we recognize in this methodology many opportunities to educate students. We see how much students learn about themselves, about the course and about society by being confronted with aspects of social justice. SL is a gift from the outside that we Catholic Universities can use to help us deepen our commitment to social engagement, linked to the Church’s social mission".

Nicolas Standaert, Louvain University, Belgium

An ever-expanding
global network

UNISERVITATE is a global and networked programme that is established through a process of permanent development and the integration of new actors and institutions from a series of regional hubs strategically distributed around the world.