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Universidade Católica Portuguesa recognises its responsibility to promote solidarity and to structure volunteering and the spirit of service in the context of its academic community. Likewise, knowing itself to be an integral part of the larger community that surrounds it, UCP assumes the commitment to add value to organizations and initiatives of recognized social interest, whose vision is aligned with the mission of UCP: to promote the integral formation of the person, oriented towards the global reality, based on the principles of truth and respect for people and the environment.

The VIDA Project is aimed at students of all levels of education at the UCP Headquarters campus who wish to volunteer. Organized in partnership between the Social Responsibility Office (GRS) and the UCP’s Chaplaincy, it foresees the complete accompaniment of volunteers, from their registration to their training and integration in the different institutions.

Each year students can also apply to FLY/VUELA, an international summer volunteering and/or service-learning programme (minimum one week) in partnership with several European universities.

CASO – Católica Solidária

CASO is the volunteer office of the Porto Regional Centre, founded in 2002. It offers regular or occasional volunteering programmes in Portugal and/or abroad.

  • CASO Regular: volunteering in various community institutions (minimum 1.5h a week) in 7 SER+ areas: Environment; Shelter; Special; Example; Professional; Wisdom; Life.
  • CASO Pontual: usually linked to occasional, short-term volunteering initiatives, such as collection campaigns, charity drives, cleaning activities, and outreach stalls.
  • GAS Africa: catholic group that offers you the opportunity to go on a voluntary mission in the summer (2 months) after an intensive year of training.
  • FLY/VUELA: international summer volunteering and/or service-learning program (minimum one week) in partnership with several European universities.
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE: volunteering only for psychology students who at the same time take part in a training and follow-up program run by a team of teachers from the Faculty of Education and Psychology.

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