Volunteering through programmes set up by the UOC

We debuted the Refugee Welcome Programme during the 2016/2017 academic year to help provide university access to people whose academic and professional careers had been cut short due to their need to seek refuge from armed conflicts, humanitarian crises, persecution on the basis of their religious, ideological or cultural beliefs, or any other struggle of this nature.

Since then, nearly 80 volunteers from our university community, including students, faculty and management staff, have lent a helping hand to the more than 100 refugee students that have studied in our classrooms, smoothing their transition to the university environment.

Code Club

The UOC collaborates with Code Club, a once-a-year initiative in which student volunteers put on free computer programming activities for children at public libraries all around Catalonia.

The project is led by the Government of Catalonia's Library Service, in collaboration with Code Club Catalunya, the UOC, the Universitat Politcnica de Catalunya (Department of Computer Science), the University of Girona, Pompeu Fabra University, the University of Barcelona (Library Science), Elisava and Universitat Rovira i Virgili.

We are collaborating with social, educational and voluntary sector organizations in Spain and Latin America to build a community of social scratchers. Our goal is to spark children's and adolescents' interest in the world of computer science and programming and in turn help to bridge the digital, economic and gender divide, especially among those in situations of risk or exclusion.

We offer an online training pathway for professionals and volunteers from other institutions and organizations so that they can pass on their new knowledge to others and apply it within their areas and communities.

We also help to promote activities organized to celebrate Scratch Day and World Internet Day every year in May.

Scratch, one of the UOC's social projects, and Scratch Day