Photo courtesy of Acción Familiar

If you regularly do volunteer work at home, maybe with your church or at some local charity, chances are you'll want to continue contributing your time to those less fortunate. Many of our students find themselves with a lot more free time than they had expected and volunteer work is a great way to make good use of it. In addition, you'll have a chance to meet Spanish people, see a different aspect of life in Spain, practice your Spanish and make your experience in Madrid unique. Whatever your motivation or background experience is, you’ll surely find something that suits you. These are the most popular volunteer options among our students, but there are many more.

Soup Kitchen:

  • Comedor Social San Francisco. Very close to campus. Lunch is served from 11:30 to 14:00 Monday to Friday. Volunteers needed to serve lunch and clean up. The only requirement is commitment. Little command of Spanish language is necessary.
  • Comedor de Madre Teresa de Calcuta, de las Misioneras de la Caridad in Vallecas. Cercanías: El Pozo o Asamblea de Madrid-Entrevias. Little command of Spanish language is necessary.
  • Comedor Santa María de la Cabeza de las Hermanitas de la Caridad Madre Teresa de Calcuta. In the center. Volunteers are needed in the afternoon. Little command of Spanish language is necessary.
  • Others: assistance in shelters for the homeless, distribution of sandwiches and coffee to the homeless, etc.

Work with children:

  • Child Care Ministry. Iglesia de El Salvador. C/ Noviciado, 5 bis (metro Noviciado, L2). Provide care for needy children while their mothers develop skills and receive care. Thurs. 6:00-7:15pm. Not much Spanish is required.
  • Activities for children. There are several organizations that offer after school activities for needy children. These activities include tutoring, educational and fun activities. Good Spanish skills are required. Some of the organizations we’ve worked with are: Fundación Balia, Acción Familiar, Cáritas.
  • Activities for children in English. Help teachers introduce English to young children. Escuela Infantil Las Nubes: this nursery for 0-3 year-old kids offers students the opportunity to interact with little children in English during their regular school time. Colegio público Carlos V: this bilingual primary school offers our students the opportunity to interact with young children in English during their extracurricular activities (ballet dancing, skating, sports, theater, etc.)
  • Others: assistance in shelters for the homeless, distribution of sandwiches and coffee to the homeless, etc.

Work with the elderly and/or sick:

There are several associations that work in hospitals and homes for the elderly. A volunteer’s main job is to keep them company: talk to them, play cards, dominos, bingo, read to them, give their families a break etc. We have worked on this area with Desarrollo y Asistencia as well as hospitals in Madrid.