Acción Social Protestante This association gives out food and clothing to those in need every Wednesday morning. They need help on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00 noon to sort out the goods and to distribute them. They are also seeking volunteers on Thursday evenings to babysit kids while their moms attend language classes for about an hour from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Amigos de los Mayores Amigos de los Mayores This NGO serves the elderly in Madrid. Interested students need to carry out a brief preliminary interview. Those chosen to collaborate are then placed on an on-call list. You will then be called when an elderly person in your neighborhood needs help submitting official paperwork, going to the doctor or running errands. For more information, see http://www.amigosdelosmayores.org/
Colegio Carlos V Volunteers can participate in and lead afternoon activities with the students: art projects, dance, martial arts, etc. You need not be a master of any of these activities. The school simply needs English speakers to assist the teacher and provide input in English. All you need is the ability to speak English and the desire to have a good time! If you are interested in this opportunity or would like more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org gmail.com.
Colegio Julian Marias This public school is looking for volunteers to assist English teachers with their classes, providing the oral input of a native speaker. The schedule is flexible, depending on the volunteer’s availability. Colegio Nuestra Senora del Pilar This Jesuit school seeks English speakers for their after-school program. Volunteers tutor students ages 12-16 and help them with their homework.
Cruz Roja The Spanish Red Cross offers service opportunities in all areas of the organization (drug dependency, awareness groups, elderly adults, etc). If you are interested in working with them, attend one of their weekly information sessions to learn about their mission and goals. www.cruzroja.es
Desarrollo y Asistencia The mission of this NGO is to create solidarity in the Madrid community. They work with over 1,700 volunteers in a wide variety of programs that serve many different populations. Volunteer opportunities exist in hospitals, visiting the elderly, serving the needs of the homeless, helping in long-term care centers and engaging physically handicapped people in activities. Contact: María del Valle Pinaglia: email@example.com.
Comedor Social Ventas Volunteer your time at this Soup kitchen clos to the center of Madrid by dedicating one day a week (Monday through Thursday) from 12:00 to 2:30 pm while helping out with the normal duties of a soup kitchen during lunchtime. This opportunity does have a weekly commitment.
Concaes Volunteer your time teaching English once a week to the inmates at a prison close to Madrid. This experience will take several hours of one of the days of the week and it does require a weekly commitment.
El Rompeolas Volunteer by hanging out with high schoolers after class while participating in a fun language exchange in Alcobendas. It is about spending some good quality time with Spanish students who are close to your age and for you to talk to them in English and also a chance to learn some Spanish language and culture.
Fundación Amigos de los Mayores This association has two volunteer programs throughout the year: Volunteers are needed to visit elderly people and offer conversation and support to mostly Spanish-speakers and to accompany them on their doctor’s appointments and to run errands.
Fundación Amoverse Teach English and participate in fun activities with teenagers in El Pozo del Tío Raimundo, one of the most economically disadvantaged areas in the city.
Fundación Esclerosis Múltiple Madrid Volunteer with Multiple Sclerosis patients participating in a language exchange through which you will be able to practice and improve your Spanish while they will be able to learn some English and a lot about your culture while feeling useful for sharing their knowledge. The time can be worked out with your schedule and the patients.
Fundación Masnatur Volunteer with Masnatur by accompanying children with disabilities to do cool stuff in Madrid on a Saturday or a Sunday! All activities are planned by the organization and are carried out in groups of 20 to 30 kids with their corresponding volunteers. It provides a great chance to meet other volunteers, get to know Madrid and give the kids the opportunity to participate in activities they normally don't get to do! (water polo games, visits to museums, parks and magicians are just a few of the activities planned). For more information write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or check their webpage http://www.masnatur.org.
Fundación Rais Fundación RAIS is dedicated to working with homeless people in order to get them out of this situation which usually creates marginalization from our society. You can volunteer here by participating in language exchanges with homeless people who are actively seeking employment, knowing a little English will help them in their chances to find a job. The hours can be set to your convenience and the exchange can happen at the foundation's office in Madrid.
Inspirasports Inspirasports works with homeless people in the process to stop the marginalization of this group by doing sports together with them. Join one of their two weekly runs on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 7:30 pm in the Retiro Park. Use this time to get to meet new wonderful people as you practice healthy exercise.
Tuuu Librería This bookstore provides free books to anyone who wants them. It is part of Grupo 2013, an NGO whose mission is to provide books and materials for schools in developing countries. You can volunteer to help the library catalogue the book donations.
Madreselva ONGD A Madrid-based Salesian NGO focused on development programs worldwide. If you are interested in volunteering on a short-term basis in another country, this is a good place to start. They also have many volunteer opportunities in Madrid. For more information go to http://www.madreselvaongd.net/ or send them an email email@example.com.
Missionaries of Charity This group of nuns run a shelter for people with HIV who are in a very advanced stage of their illness.You can go in the mornings to tidy up the place, and help out with the patients, or in the afternoons to take the patients out for a walk and give them company. They also run a soup kitchen in Vallecas and they usually need help in the evenings to set up tables or clean everything up.
Missionaries of Charity Soup Kitchen Volunteer any day of the week except for Thursdays at this soup kitchen in Vallecas which serves around 100 people a day. You only need to commit from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm and the duties are those that you would find in any soup kitchen, help preparing the food, serving it and cleaning after the shift is over.
Parroquia San Carlos Borromeo Tutor kids on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the parish, located in one of the more economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Madrid. Provide help in Math, Physics, Chemistry or any other subject you might be good at. Also, they are always looking for English tutors willing to spend quality time with children.
Parroquia San Timoteo Volunteer at this parish in Vallecas, one of the neighborhoods which has suffered the most due to the economic downturn. Tutor kids from the area by helping them with their English homework, organize games in English and have a good time with them after class. This program happens on Tuesday evenings.
Primary School El Olivo This public school is looking for volunteers to collaborate with the English teacher in conversation classes, with a flexible schedule, depending on the volunteer's availability.
Rainfer Do you like animals? Would you like to help out at a primate sanctuary? Can you volunteer for two afternoons a week from 3:00pm to 6:00pm? If you answered yes to all three of these questions, Rainfer is for you. They are always seeking volunteers and they only use English at the sanctuary! For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rainfer.com.
Serve the City Madrid Join STC and make a difference in your community. STC Madrid needs your help to keep our many projects moving. Go to http:''wwwstcmadrid.com/home.
Soñar despierto This association works at care centers for children who cannot be looked after by their parents. They are seeking native English speakers to help kids with the language and to carry out activities with them in English.
T-oigo If you are a native English speaker, you can really make a difference in the life of a child who is deaf or hard-of-hearing! Thanks to the amazing technology that is available, deaf children who are diagnosed early on, learn to speak and can have a normal life. However when it comes to learning a second language, like English, it is helpful to have one-on-one time with a native speaker. t-oigo.com seeks volunteers who can commit to 1-2 hours a week (or more) to provide fun activities in English and speak English with a child, usually 5-10 years old, in their home. The family of the child will always be there, so you will not be 100% responsible for the child. Additionally, you will get to know a Spanish family and learn more about this growing field, where you may want to consider a future in speech therapy, audiology, medicine, communications, technology, and more. Contact Dale to learn more email@example.com
Thank you to St. Louis University for many of the opportunities on this list.