The United World Colleges believe that Community Service lies at the heart of their philosophy.
This is even more so at the UWC of the Adriatic. The United World College of the Adriatic is located within a small village, not far away from the city of Trieste, and is fully integrated into the life of the local community. Hence, its Community Service programme bears an enormous significance in the life of the College. It is precisely through their Community Service that College students apply their ideals to everyday life; it is a chance for them to show their commitment to “making the world a better place”, to offer their help to others, regardless of differences. For its students to make the most of this challenging experience, the College provides a wide variety of opportunities, ranging from social services, to arts, music, and environmental services. None of these are easy, but the rewards may be profound!
SOCIAL and MULTICULTURAL SERVICES carried out by UWCAD students:
- Work with children – art, English and other activities in local kindergartens and primary schools;
- Multicultural presentations to students of local primary schools through a range of activities aimed at fighting prejudice and racism;
- Various activities with young people who have a disadvantaged social background - by providing them with a number of opportunities for their free time;
- Assistance to persons with mental or physical disabilities;
- Activities with the mentally disabled;
- Offering companionship to elderly people, blind people or other persons in their homes who are willing to share their experiences and their memories;
- Visiting elderly people in local institutions;
- activities in collaboration with E.N.P.A. ;
- Helping people in the local hospital as well as working as volunteers in the local Red Cross Ambulance service, after having taken a first aid course;
- Environmental Services – including helping local farmers and path maintenance;
- Band service – musical concerts in hospitals, institutions for elderly and sick people;
- Fair trade – volunteer work in a fair trade shop and promoting the ideals of fair trade in schools
- Conflict transformation – activities which aim to integrate different ethnic and national communities of the area.
The United World College of the Adriatic has its own Voluntary Work Association, "Mondo 2000", which aims to include young people from the area in the voluntary work done by the College.
Students are also asked to undertake a College Service: each week they devote between one and two hours to the care and maintenance of College property and equipment or to the administration of programmes such as cultural, theatre and concert visits.