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Tantaka had 184 volunteers and accumulated 3,920 hours of social aid last year.

The activities report of Tantaka-Tecnun, the Solidarity Time Bank of the San Sebastian campus, is presented.

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Tantaka volunteers Tecnun with Aspace users PHOTO: Courtesy
09/09/19 13:22 Communication Service

Tantaka, which started at the University of Navarra more than 10 years ago, is also gaining momentum on the San Sebastian campus. More and more students and professors are choosing projects that allow them to give the best of themselves on a weekly basis to people in vulnerable situations: children and adolescents in social exclusion, elderly people with emotional deficiencies, or people with disabilities, different illnesses and integration needs.  

There are volunteers who may not have a lot of time but have chosen specific activities to join in. For example, students from the theatre group at Tecnun organised a play in April for the elderly and people with mental illness or physical disabilities. On the other hand, more than 40 people, including students and teachers, took part in a solidarity zumba class for the benefit of the Gipuzkoa Red Cross Children and Youth Programme. 

Also, Marta de Juana, from the Library Service at Tecnun, organised a charity lottery at Christmas to help the children and adolescents with whom the Red Cross collaborates. Likewise, Venezuelan researchers and students, led by Gabriela Sarriegui, Lorena Lozada and Iñaki Sancho, raised funds at the Solidarity concert at Tecnun to send hygiene products and food to their native country, with the mediation of the Choca los Cinco por Venezuela association.

Last year María Isabel Rodríguez, coordinator of the photography club, encouraged the students to take photos at organisations that needed to document their activities. And the students, divided into different groups, went to take photos at a dance workshop for people with Alzheimer's organised by AFAGI, as well as capturing moments of the weekly meetings between young people from Tecnun and users and friends of ASPACE who live in the Goienetxe centre.

The Service-Learning project, promoted by the University, also came to the campus last academic year thanks to Emilio Sánchez, Ceit researcher and professor at Tecnun. Emilio organised, together with the Gautena association, robotics workshops in which students from the school acted as teachers for children with autism and great interest in new technologies.

Solidariun, the open day for NGOs in Gipuzkoa, allowed the university community to learn first-hand about the work of some fifteen associations, and to give a voice and a face to the support needs of many people.

It should be noted that the course culminated with a total of 184 volunteers, 3,920 hours of social aid, 23 collaborating associations (8 more than last year) and 13 volunteer projects. 

For the recently started academic year, three new projects are being designed in the Service Learning line, so that students - accompanied by teachers - can put their knowledge at the service of those who need it most.

Tantaka Annual Report academic year 18-19

Activities fair

On Thursday 12 September, people wishing to find out about university life at Tecnun will have the chance to do so at the traditional activities fair at the School. Organised in different stands, the different services will offer cultural, sporting and social activities between 13.30 and 14.30 outside the Ibaeta building.

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