URACCAN participates in the IV Central American and Caribbean Volunteering Meeting 2020
The activity involved student welfare management and coordination, as well as the URACCAN student government.
Judith Robleto, Neylin Calderón and Ricardo Guzmán

The 24 CSUCA member universities participate in this event.

The area of Student Welfare and the student leadership of the four URACCAN campuses and extensions participated this day in the IV Central American and Caribbean Volunteering Meeting 2020, where different public universities in the region presented their social volunteering projects, where students are the main protagonists.

The activity was organized by the University of El Salvador (UES) and comprises two days of exhibitions, dialogues and exchanges of academic and social experiences, where students develop voluntary services in different fields, thus giving back the efforts of the population that, thanks to their taxes, has allowed them to access higher education and professionalize.

Today, after the greetings of the authorities, the message of the Secretary General of SIREVE, Luis Chapas, of the message of the President of CONREVE, Jorge Cortez, presented his student volunteering projects the State University at Distance (UNED), the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the UES, the National Pedagogical University Francisco Morazán, the National University of Honduras , The Costa Rican Technological, among others.

The experience shared by the public universities indicated highlights the participation of the student in social and environmental programs, with support from non-governmental and governmental organizations. Here stands out the production of health equipment, medicines, community accompaniment, protection of endangered species, cleanliness of green areas, boosting health days and many other community development activities.

Community extension at URACCAN

According to URACCAN's Director of Student Welfare, Mr. Léster Molina, 24 member universities of the Central American University Higher Council (CSUCA) participated in this meeting. The official stressed that the community extension of URACCAN is carried out from its different institutes and centres, through which university students participate in health, vaccination, reforestation days; protection of green areas and endangered species; cleaning up rivers and coasts; in view of the main needs of the original peoples; prevention talks and training on various topics of collective interest.

URACCAN student president Rubel Chamorro explained that the student community has contributed in social volunteer processes that strengthen education, health and Regional Autonomy; in addition to finding new forms of integration of youth into such spaces, taking into account the current pandemic context and working for and for the peoples of Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast.

URACCAN promotes in the Caribbean region various development projects with identity. Therefore, attending to the experiences of other Central American universities enriches and motivates the path undertaken by this intercultural institution.

In this sense, teacher Yamilex Aguilar, responsible for the student welfare area of URACCAN in New Guinea, states that this space of exchange "helps us to return some ideas to apply them, in terms of student care, in relation to student accompaniments, cultural and social activities that help the student to be more humanitarian". In addition, Aguilar added, it allows us to "form collaborative student networks for us to take action together", at the level of the isthmus.

The Las Minas campus was attended by Félix Aráuz, leader of UNEN, and the Vania Chavarría master's degree, responsible for Student Welfare. The young leader stated that through the promotion of sport and URACCAN culture it carries out social extension, as it implements prevention actions between university students and the Caribbean community.

Tomorrow continues the IV Central American and Caribbean Volunteering Meeting 2020, on its second day. The activity starts at 10:00 a.m. and will be broadcast through Facebook Live, YouTube, Zoom and GoToMeeting, and will be open to the public interested in knowing the work that public universities, through their extensions of social volunteering, are promoting to contribute to community development.