Volunteering@WU - Lernen macht Schule is a cooperation between WU, Caritas Vienna and BILLA, committed to educational equality regardless of the socio-economic background. Since 2010, each semester, the program has been connecting around 130 university students with 260 children and teenagers from 20 Caritas institutions, including accommodations for asylum seekers, mother-child houses, counselling centers, and others. Students and kids meet on a weekly basis in three different buddy tracks (study-, music- or sports-buddy) to learn with and from each other. Currently, students are also engaged in the Caritas accommodations’ program for refugee families from Ukraine.
As study buddies, students carry out schoolwork and recreational activities with children and teenagers ages 6 to 18. As music buddies, they participate in a choir together with the children and prepare for several performances each semester. And sports buddies focus on exercising and healthy nutrition and support kids in developing positive body concepts and movement experiences.
The program applies the method of service learning: students perform volunteer work (a service) and complete complementary seminars, supervision, and reflection assignments (learning). They receive 3 ECTS credits per term in addition to WUs social skills certificate.
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Please note that German skills are required to take part in this program.