The Service-Learning Program (PASEC)

The office of PASEC offers the Service-Learning class to all of our students. This course allows students to live a unique service experience with a vulnerable population while reflecting about topics such as: Education, Health, Discrimination, among others.

Every Service-Learning class provides opportunities for students to connect the theory and the reality of Ecuador so that students acquire an enriching experience that is replicated in their personal and professional life.

Through readings, reflections, and various activities in a blended course, students will be able to analyze the reality of their country, reflect, develop leadership attitudes, civic awareness, tolerance, and respect by creating connections with their service activities.

In the following links you will find information about: What is PASEC, students and professors’ testimonies and information about our methodology.

In the following link you can see videos of testimonies of students who have done their PASEC hours in different organizations with which we have agreements.

What is PASEC?

Professor experiences with Service-Learning

Service - Learning Methodology

If you work as a professor in USFQ and you are interested in applying this methodology in your classes, we are here to guide and give you follow-up throughout the semester.

Contact: pasec@usfq.edu.ec

PASEC Virtual

 

  Matriz PASEC

How does it work?

Service-Learning program

The PASEC course is a requirement in which all students, regardless of their major, take the Service-Learning class and simultaneously perform 85 hours of community service.


#1 - Registration
The first step is register for class “PRC 2000 Service Learning or (PASEC)”


#2 - Service hours
Once you are registered in the class, you will receive an e-mail with information regarding the service hours options. You can select both the option in the document called “Matriz PASEC”; with it, you’ll be able to know the organizations with which you can get involved.


#3 - Contact
You will need to contact the organizations that offer face to face or remote activities to obtain your spot. If you selected the project options that do not have face-to-face or remote hours, it is not a requirement to contact the organization.

Remember that the service hours start since the first day of classes in the academic period that you registered for the Service-Learning class.


Are you an online student?

The online PASEC class is offered only to students who study their entire career in that modality. If this is not your case, you must take the Face-to-face class.

Unlike other classes, the online PASEC class is offered at the beginning of each semester and lasts 1 6 weeks. In the summer period the class lasts 8 weeks.

You must follow the same steps mentioned above with the difference that the registration must be in the course that is exclusively online.

Any questions contact:
pasec@usfq.edu.ec

Frequently asked questions

What kind of activities are usually done in PASEC?
During the service hours, students will do either face-to-face, remote hours, or carry out a project and create deliverables for one of the organizations we have an agreement. The project seeks for students to apply their knowledge, skills, and personal or professional interests to create deliverables that will benefit the organization in the medium or long term.

Where can I do the PASEC hours?
You can complete the PASEC hours in any organization that is listed in the "Matriz PASEC" document.

Can I do the hours before class or after?
You need to complete the hours while you take the class, not before or after.

Can I have an incomplete in this class?
In PASEC you cannot have an incomplete status since you must have completed the hours and have at least 61 points to pass the class, otherwise, you will receive an F.

When is the PASEC class offered?
The PASEC class is offered every semester and every summer.

Does the PASEC class have a grade?
Yes, you pass the class with at least 61 points and with the completion of 85 service hours.

Can I validate the hours that I have completed before taking the PASEC class?
Previous hours cannot be validated.

What procedure must I follow if I want to do my hours in an organization with which the Service-Learning program does not have an agreement?
If you want to do your hours in an organization with which the Service-Learning program does not have an agreement, you must follow these steps:

  1. Contact the PASEC office before the start of classes at: pasec@usfq.edu.ec to receive the new organizations form.
  2. Wait for a response from the Service-Learning office regarding your application.

How does PASEC work?

Service-Learning Program

The PASEC course is a requirement for all of our students, regardless of their major, they take the Service-Learning class and simultaneously perform 85 hours of community service.

# 1 – Registration

The first step is to register for the class “PRC 2000 Service-Learning or (PASEC)”

#2 – Organization

Once you are registered in the class, you must go to: pasec.usfq.edu.ec in the Forms/Organizations section to see the list of organizations where you can complete your hours of service and choose one of these.

#3 – Contact

After you have chosen an organization, you should contact them directly to ensure that they can receive you.

#4 – Agreement

Finally, you must sign, together with the organization, the PASEC service agreement that you can find at the same link: pasec.usfq.edu.ee in the Forms/Organizations section

The signing of the agreement is your only way to guarantee your space in the organization of your choice. You must deliver this agreement to your teacher on the first day of school.

Remember that you cannot start completing your hours until the first day of classes of the academic period in which you take the Service-Learning class.

In the following link you can see videos of testimonies of students who have done their PASEC hours in different organizations with which we have agreements.

PASEC Online Students

The PASEC online class is offered only to students who study their entire Career in this modality. If this is not your case, you must take the class in person.

  • The first step is to register for the PRC 2000 PASEC (Service-Learning) online course.
  • Once you have registered, you must choose an organization where you can do your hours of service. The organization must be on the list of active agreements.
  • If you live outside the city of Quito, please contact Karla Díaz (kdiaz@usfq.edu.ec) for information about your case.
  • Once you have chosen an organization, you must sign the service agreement . This is the only way to guarantee your spot with the organization of your choice.
  • You must complete 85 hours of service during the academic period in which you take the class. Unlike other classes, the PASEC online class is offered at the beginning of each semester and lasts 16 weeks. In the summer period the class lasts 8 weeks.

Contact pasec.usfq.edu.ec if you have any questions.

Forms/Organizations

Download the PASEC Service Agreement here

List of Agreements with Organizations

CUMBAYÁ - TUMBACO ORGANIZATIONS

QUITO ORGANIZATIONS

CHILLOS VALLEY ORGANIZATIONS

ORGANIZATIONS OUTSIDE THE CITY

Frequently Asked Questions

What is PASEC?

USFQ's Service-Learning program (PASEC) is a degree requirement for all students regardless of their major. PASEC implies that students take a theory class while simultaneously completing 85 hours of community service in one of the organizations with which we have an agreement.

Is PASEC an internship to the community?

PASEC is not an internship, you do not receive remuneration for your work. These are hours of community service that you perform while taking the PASEC class.

What type of activities are carried out at PASEC?

During community service hours students are directly involved with the organization's beneficiaries. No administrative, operational, or logistical work activities can be carried out. If you are not in contact with the people who receive the services of the organization, the hours will not serve you. If you have questions, ask your PASEC professor.

Where can I complete the PASEC hours?

You can complete the PASEC hours in one of the organizations with which we have an agreement. Check the document: "Matriz PASEC"

PASEC is a class, how do I register?

You must register for the PRC 2000 PASEC (Service-Learning) class.

How many PASEC hours must I meet and when?

You must complete a total of 85 hours of service simultaneously while taking class.

Can I do the hours before or after class?

The hours are completed while you take the class, not before or after.

Can I have an incomplete in this class?

In PASEC you cannot have incomplete since you must have completed the hours and have at least 61 points to pass the class, otherwise you will earn an F.

When is the PASEC class offered?

The PASEC class is offered every semester and every summer.

Can I take the PASEC class online?

The PASEC online class is only available to students who study online full-time. If you study in person you must take the class in person.

How long does the PASEC class last?

PASEC class lasts 16 weeks during the regular semester and 8 weeks during the summer.

Can I revalidate the hours I have completed before taking the PASEC class?

PASEC hours cannot be revalidated with hours previously completed.

What if I don't live in Ecuador and need PASEC?

If you do not live in Ecuador, you must take the PASEC class online and coordinate with the PASEC office regarding where you will complete your hours. You should find a non-profit organization and send the contact to kdiaz@usfq.edu.ec to receive approval before starting your hours.

If I study online, should I take PASEC?

All USFQ students must take PASEC.

How do I complete my PASEC hours if I work?

You will need to organize your time to meet the PASEC requirements.

Where can I find the rubrics to carry out the PASEC class activities?

In the D2L class in Assessment/Rubrics you will find all rubrics of PASEC activities.

Does the PASEC class have a grade?

The PASEC class has a grade of A, B, C, D, or F. You need to at least get a D to pass the course.

If I study at night, should I take PASEC?

All USFQ students must take PASEC.

What is my deadline if I am currently taking the Learning and Service class?

The deadline to complete the PASEC hours if you are currently taking the class is the last day of classes of the semester in which you are taking the class.

What is the procedure that I must follow if I want to complete my hours in an organization that does not have an agreement with the Learning and Service program?

If you want to make your hours in an organization with which the Learning and Service program does not have an agreement, you have to follow the following steps:

  1. Contact the PASEC office at kdiaz@usfq.edu.ec to receive the new organizations sheet.
  2. Wait for a response from the Learning and Service office about your request.

To whom should I deliver my hours if I am taking the Learning and Service class?

If you are taking the Service-Learning class, you must submit all the required forms in your D2L class.

If you have any questions contact: pasec@usfq.edu.ec.

Testimonials

Testimonials from our graduates

"The problems I had, such as tests, homework, etc., were left behind once I arrived at the nursery. The children's joy was contagious, their laughter, cleverness, and mischief are good therapy to put stress aside. I realized that if I couldn't solve something the world would not end and that I should stop giving so much importance to problems."

- Juan Ignacio López Vaca

"A change in the social reality of the country begins with the actions carried out by oneself."

- Paulina Endara

"Helping the community has been an enriching experience for my personal and professional life, since you 'open your eyes' to a latent reality that is around you. You realize that small actions can actively contribute to the development of the population vulnerable in the country and encourages you to help even more in the future, either through new volunteers or the creation of Social Responsibility projects that have a long-term scope."

- Paulina Endara

"One of the experiences I had during my internship was when we played card games. We almost always played 40, which everyone enjoyed and brought back fond memories. It was very emotional to see that despite the diseases they face, in a simple game they can put all that aside and enjoy the moment. With that I learned that we should always value life, since with small details many people become very happy."

- Jonathan Nagao

"This semester I finally took the internship with the PASEC community. It had been a class that I deferred as much as possible during my university life, now I regret it. But more than regret, of the few hours I could spend with people from my foundation, I have had a great life experience. The service hours were done in a school, but not a conventional school, it only operates on Saturdays and it is dedicated to helping adults finish their high school studies. I had the opportunity to attend the graduation of the third class of students from this school and as one of the attendees said in his speech: 'I have never attended such an emotional graduation.' Seeing that adults still care about their basic education and understand their studies are an opportunity for development motivating. At the end of this experience, everyone talks about their foundations as their own and the truth is that this is how I feel about the school. Now I am part of that community of teachers and students. For me, they have become friends from whom I learned much more than what I could have taught them."

- Marcelo Ayala

"Working with the community is truly enriching and even more so if it is done with low-income children. I did my hours of service at the Fundación Solidaridad y Acción (ASA), located in Carcelén in a homework center directed at children. At first, as in everything, I was a little nervous, but actually working closely with the people from your country who need you was wonderful. After a few days of work the children remembered my name and were very loving, so I quickly felt at ease, managed to help them with my knowledge in homework and with my joy for games, we had a lot of fun and we learned together. The experience was very good: I learned to be more patient and to share with them and to be detached from things, because they shared what little they had with you. I observed harsh realities in the children and thanked God and life for the opportunities I have and for the comforts that I did not value before. Doing community work is a great opportunity, so I recommend that you always go to work happy and ready, because there are people who need you."

- Verónica Yumiceba

PASEC - LA ESPERANZA

Antes de aplicar, quisiéramos que leas la siguiente información:

Lugar: La Esperanza - Chimborazo. Si quieres conocer sobre la comunidad, visita su página web 

  VISITA SU PÁGINA WEB

 

Duración: Este curso de PASEC tiene una duración de 4 semanas. La primera semana nos preparamos para el viaje, la segunda y tercera semana vivimos en la Esperanza, además que recibes la clase en la comunidad, y la última semana reflexionamos sobre lo vivido.

Fechas de los cursos:
Opción 1: Mayo 30 a Junio 22 (Profesora: Viviana Guerrero)
Opción 2: Junio 13 a Julio 6 (Profesora: Gabriela Salcedo)

¿Qué cubre la universidad?
La universidad cubre el transporte y el hospedaje.

¿Qué costos debes cubrir tú?
Debes pagar por tu alimentación. La comunidad será quién prepare los almuerzos y cenas. El costo es de 6 dólares diarios. El desayuno será preparado por todos nosotros.

Trabajo en la comunidad: En la semana de preparación nos dividiremos en equipos de trabajo. Las áreas en las que apoyaremos son diversas y estudiantes de todas las carreras están bienvenidos a aplicar.

Si estás interesado, debes llenar la siguiente encuesta hasta el 15 de mayo

  APLICA AQUÍ

 

Recuerda que llenar esta encuesta no garantiza un cupo en la clase.

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