CLAYSS Digital - March 2017


We are pleased to present the March 2017 issue of the Digital newsletter of CLAYSS, the Latin American Center for Service Learning:



March 2017


15 years of CLAYSS in numbers

In February 2017 CLAYSS celebrated its 15 anniversary. That is why we want to share with you a balance of the actions developed during this time. This celebration time fills us with pride and strength to continue developing our Support and Training Programs and the new actions that we will face this coming year and that will allow us to support more institutions and organizations in Argentina, Latin America and Europe.

  • We supported with resources and technical assistance to: 
    153 educational institutions (kinder, primary and secondary levels) from Argentina and Uruguay.
    59 Universities from Europe, Africa and Latin America.
    - educational projects involved a total of 11,201 students, 1,062 teachers and 164,853 community beneficiaries.
  • We developed 19 editions of the International Service-Learning Conference with 12,747 attendees from Argentina and 30 countries from Latin America, Europe Africa and Asia.
  • We offeredonsite training to 46,474 teachers, managers and community leaders from the five continents and online training in Spanish, Portuguese and English to 1,337 participants from Latin America, Europe and Africa.
  • We carried out 6 quantitative and qualitative research on Service-Learning in Argentina and Latin America.
  • We organized IV Ibero-American Service-Learning Researchers Symposiums.
  • We published 23 books and dissemination materials, teaching and academic training material, most of them available for free online.
  • We coordinated the edition of the first academic journal on the subject in Spanish, RIDAS.
  • We provided technical assistance to the Ministries of Education of Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Uruguay, among others.
  • We collaborated and offered consulting services to companies and foundations, such as Ashoka, Natura Cosmeticos, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, BBVA Banco Francés, Fundación Arcor, Bemberg and others.
  • We coordinate the Ibero-American Service-Learning Network and we are members of the steering committee of the Talloires Network of Universities.
  • We advise the SCHOLAS Network -Schools for the Encounter - promoted by Pope Francis.


A research paper by CLAYSS, was published in the International Journal of Research on Service_Learning and Community Engagement (IJRSLCE)

We congratulate our colleague Martin Ierullo, from the CLAYSS research team, whose article was selected for this fourth edition of the IARSLCE Academic Journal. To access his article please click here.

In this volume the articles represent examples of thought and research that are taking place in the field of service-learning and community engagement. It includes articles on advances in theory and methodology, community partnerships and impacts, international service-learning and impacts on students of various educational levels. It also includes is a speech from the IARSLCE Annual Conference and selected papers from the IARSLCE Regional Conferences in Europe and Latin America.
To view the volume, please click here


"Solidarity Education" news

On February 9, the coordinating team of CLAYSS Uruguay headquarters , Mr. Alejandro Gimelli, Mag. Ana Scala and Lic. Catalina Thölke met with the Court of the "Solidarity Education" Contest, Prof. Alvaro Fernandez of ANEP and Prof. Patricia Pacheco of MEC, to define the selection criteria for the winners of the 2016 edition. The award ceremony of the 2016 Competition and the launching of the 2017 edition will be held on March 23 at 10:00 am in the Executive Tower of the Presidency.

Onsite training for kinder and primary education

On February 13, CLAYSS Uruguay headquarters hosted, at the Anglo College, a training session for 80 teachers, technicians and management teams for kinder and primary education from downtown and Carrasco headquarters. The trainers were Mag. Olga De Las Heras and Lic. Catalina Thölke. The Anglo College of Uruguay has initiated its way to Service-Learning and CLAYSS Uruguay headquarters technically accompanies this process.


Solidarity Project from a Special School in Córdoba continues receiving awards

The Special School "Juana Manso" from Villa Allende, Cordoba, has a historic and deep commitment to work with its community. It offers primary and secondary level education with a major in auxiliary carpenter, auxiliary horticultural worker and auxiliary baker.

The current institutional project, called "Inclusive school table" arises from the need to have a table adapted for students with specific needs to work. Aimed at different institutions attended by children and youth with motor disabilities, fourth , fifth and sixth year students of Labor Training designed and manufactured a school table with wheelchair cutouts, adjustable lecterns and edges to prevent supply dropping. The need for furniture with special characteristics and the fact that they are not manufactured in the area encouraged students and young people with motor disabilities from "Blanca Estela Feit" Special School in the city of Córdoba, to develop the project.

The Special School "Juana Manso" also constructs diverse types of wooden canes that are delivered for free to the elderly from Villa Allende and surrounding areas.
They have been awarded the "Escuelas Solidarias" Presidential Award on four occasions: Two First Prizes (2016 and 2014) and two mentions (in 2011 and 2009), as well as other awards.



CLAYSS 2017 distance courses

Registration for CLAYSS online courses "Development of service-learning projects" and "Service-Learning in higher education" (both available in Spanish, English and Portuguese) is now open. They are four-month courses and are intended to those who wish to explore Service-Learning pedagogy and projects. More information at

CLAYSS University Support Program in Mexico

Within the framework of the Support Program to Universities on December 11 and 12, 2016, Isabel Hevia and Gabriela Malacrida participated of two work sessions at the University of Monterrey (UDEM), Mexico. On the one hand, the Service-Learning pedagogy was presented at a breakfast that was attended by different authorities and teachers who are members of the committee responsible for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) as one of the modalities that the university will submit for evaluation and follow-up during the next years. The second moment, was a 2-day session of exchange with teachers that have experience and trajectory in the implementation of Service-Learning projects and members of the QEP committee (about 35 teachers in the first instance and 40 in the second).

New meeting of the Network in the USA

During the Dare to Dream Conference organized by the NYLC, the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) in the United States, the Iberoamerican Network will meet on March 24th at 8:00 AM Pacific Time in Anaheim, California. As always, the Network meeting will be a new opportunity to discuss future joint projects, exchange updates of actions and tours, and share challenges ahead. If you are a member of the Network and wish to participate or if you are not yet a member and would like to join, Please send an email to[email protected]

28th Annual National Learning-Service Conference

For 30 years NYLC, the National Youth Leadership Council, has been working in the United States to strengthen academic, civic, and character achievement through service-learning. This year, the 28th Annual National Service-Learning Conference will give visibility to the contributions young people are making to change the world and to help them prepare with their adult mentors to reach their goals. The goal of the conference is to provide tools and resources, ideas and inspiration, to improve practice in schools and communities through Service-Learning. For more information, please visit:

IV National Service-Learning Seminar, Chile

On Friday, January 6, 2017, the fourth National Seminar was organized by the Chilean Service-Learning Network (REASE), together with the Catholic University of the Holy Conception, Trabajo para un Hermano Foundation, Superación de la Pobreza Foundation and the Institute for Popular Training INFOCAP. This year the Seminar was held for the first time in the Bío Bío region of southern Chile and as always it welcomed students, community partners, administrative staff and teachers interested in knowing more and disseminating the Service-Learning methodology. For more information about the event please visit:

6th Exchange Session of Service-Learning Experiences in Catalonia

Organized by the Center Promotor d'Aprenentatge Servei the conference gathered 400 educators in Catalonia (Spain). Workshops, roundtables, presentations and groups of experiences gathered to explore Service-Learning. From the reflection on the educational and social context, the presentation of successful Service-Learning educational experiences, and the analysis and debate on the processes of implementation and development of these, there was fluid interchange between people and institutions that share this way of thinking on education. For more information visit: o

GUNI Network on University Commitment, report edited

GUNI, the Global University network for Innovation in Higher Education of UNESCO, together with the Catalan Association of Public Universities, announced in January a new edition of the GUNI Higher Education In the World Report "Towards Socially Responsible Universities: Balancing the Global with the Local". This sixth report has the input of 86 experts from 28 countries, under the academic direction of Prof. Xavier Grau. The report will be presented on March 10 at the La Pedrera Auditorium, Barcelona, ??Spain.
The report includes a brief summary of the Ibero-American Service-Learning Network, prepared by Nieves Tapia and Candelaria Ferrara

New members of the Steering Committee

In preparation for an active year, which will include World Leaders Conference in Mexico, the Steering Committee of the Talloires Network announced the selection of four new members of the steering committee. These four leaders represent different fields and come from different nations, but their commitment to higher education and civic engagement is evident in each of their professional trajectories. The four new members are Dr. Haifa Jamal Al-Lail (Effat-Saudi Arabia), Santa Ono (University of British Columbia-Canada), Adam Weinberg (Denison University-USA) and Rajesh Tandon Participation in Asia (PRIA) -India). From CLAYSS, we send our best wishes to the new members, and as always we assure our collaboration. For more information visit::


First Talloires World Conference to be held in Latin America

A new world conference of leaders of the Talloires Network, will be held for the first time in our region. Hosted by the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico, it will be held from June 21 to 23, 2017. The Conference invites Rectors from all universities around the world, as well as authorities, teachers, researchers and university administrators linked to the most multiple forms of university commitment, including extension, RSU and service-learning. For more information visit:
To complete your registration visit
The invitation triptych can be downloaded here
To request personalized invitations, please write to [email protected]


CLAYSS's next activities


Other activities


  • March 22-25: Dare to Dream 28th Annual National Service-Learning Conference®, at Disneyland, Anaheim, California, USA.Organized by NYLC (National Youth Leadership Council). For further information visit:
  • April 21 to 23: Global Youth Service Day. Organized by YSA (Youth Service America), it seeks to give visibility and promote the solidarity drive of children, adolescents and young people around the world. More information:
  • June 16: First Global Meeting for the Democracy of Knowledge, Cartagena, Colombia. Organized by ARNA (Action Research Network of the Americas). More information here.
  • June 14-16: 7th International Service-learning Conference, organized by the University of Indianapolis (USA), the University of Stelenbosch (South Africa), and the University of Galway (Ireland). The latter will host the 2017 edition. More information at:
  • 14-16 September: IARSLCE Conference. A new edition of the annual conference of the International Association of Researchers in Service- Learning and Community Engagement will be held in Ireland at the National University of Ireland in Galway. Soon more information on the IARSLCE website:


Zerbikas provides materials on "Friendly Cities"

Zerbikas, an organization that promotes service-learning in the Basque Country (Spain), has been accompanying service educational projects under the "Friendly Cities" program, and has just published on-line teaching units to accompany activities from different subjects. They can be downloaded from this link (in Spanish):

Proceedings of Spanish Congress on University Service-Learning

You can now download the publication with the proceedings of the VII National Congress and II International Congress of University Service-learning conducted by the University Santiago de Compostela of Spain. They can be downloaded here.

YEPI Annual Report (Youth Economic Participation Initiative): Education for Transformative Entrepreneurship

A multinational youth outreach report pointed to the gap between labor market requirements and the preparation of graduates, how innovative teaching methods can generate graduates ready to enter the labor market and pointed to Entrepreneurship as a solution to the Crisis of youth unemployment that many countries currently face. The report presents concrete strategies to support Transformative Entrepreneurship focusing on entrepreneurial skills, leadership and personal development in students. You can read and download the report here.

Presentations and videos of the 19th International Seminar

At the Conference site you can download Speakers' presentations and access video lists (in several parts). You can also check our youtube channel to see them.

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