Volunteering and Tourism in Madrid

 

Are you looking to get away and also do some good while you travel? Serve the City is happy to invite you to come stay with us and volunteer around Madrid while you are here! We arrange everything for you to make your stay with us both as enjoyable and productive as it possibly can be. For one fee, we will arrange the following for you:

  • Airport pick-up
  • Around the clock support
  • Program orientation
  • Volunteer placement (between 3-5 hours each day, Mon-Fri)
  • Accommodation in our super cool volunteer chalet
  • Meals

All you have to do is tell us when you want to come and we will prepare everything for you. We have tried to make things as simple for you as we can, including our pricing structure! Take a look at the cheapest and best way to visit Madrid.

Time Price
4 weeks 1320€
5 weeks 1580€
6 weeks 1840€
7 weeks 2100€
8 weeks 2360€
9 weeks 2620€
10 weeks 2880€
11 weeks 3140€
12 weeks 3400€

Some projects like construction based ones to carry an additional charge of €50 a week to cover materials used but that is it, there’s no other hidden fees!

You can choose from any of the following project types. Once you know which one you’d like to do, fill in THIS FORM and we will get in touch with you!

Here you can view and download our 2018 Social Policy. It explains who we are, what we do and why we do it. It is the essence of Serve the City.

Social Policy

The Teaching English project is ideal for volunteers who want to help disadvantaged groups improve and practice English, as they are unable to afford extra lessons and therefore the volunteers will be contributing to the development of their skills, future opportunities in the labor market and personal development.

Volunteers do not need to be qualified teachers, it is enough to be fluent in English. They will be placed in the non-profits where the classes will be taught and through various workshops and fun activities, they will help children, young people and adults improve their English skills.

While some basic resources are available, volunteers will be required to use their initiative to develop activities, and bringing resources to assist with activities is encouraged.

The After School Support project takes place in a variety of local centers with the common goal of providing care and educational support to children who come from disadvantaged communities and backgrounds. Volunteers assist the local social workers through helping the children with homework, tutoring English and running educational workshops. Volunteers also have the opportunity at times to lead games and recreational activities with the children.

The children typically range in age from 7 to 17 years old, and a key aspect for volunteers of the After School Support project is to be a positive role model for the children through interacting and sharing new cultures with them.

While some basic resources are available, volunteers will be required to use their initiative to develop activities, and bringing resources to assist with activities is encouraged.

The After School Support project is great for proactive, eager volunteers who enjoy working with children.

During the months of July and August, the organizations open summer camps from 9 a.m. to 17 p.m. to maintain the children active as the school year has ended. The children spend time doing different types of activities both inside and outside. The activities are planned by the volunteers, giving them the ability to prepare games to help the children improve their communication skills, their English skills, their teamwork, among others.

Volunteers in the Agriculture project will have the opportunity to work and learn about ecological farming by working the land, planting, caring and harvesting different crops. They will participate in various activities along with the users of the NGOs who own the vegetable garden.

In an emblematic place as El Pardo de Madrid, they will have a cultivation experience. No prior experience is required, nor do they need to speak Spanish, but any knowledge that volunteers can provide will be valued, since these are extra activities promoted by NGOs for their users to learn and practice farming techniques, especially with the added value of sharing with the NGO users and other volunteers interested in organic farming techniques.

The Special Needs project is ideal for volunteers who want to provide support and care to different collectives around the city. The different programs that fall under special needs can range from sick children in treatment to youth and adults with physical and mental disabilities. The volunteer should expect to provide support in different ways to the people of the organization, from workshops and activities like arts and crafts, playing with children, or helping prepare materials for different activities that take place within the organization.

Volunteers do not need to have experience when dealing with these collectives, but should be aware that it can be shocking at a first glance, if there is no previous experience. The people from these organizations are very loving and caring, therefore the volunteer should come with a proactive and enthusiastic attitude.

The Creative Technologies project is ideal for volunteers who are interested in the utilizing their media skills to be able to help organizations that do not have the funds or resources to develop their online presence nor create the marketing materials needed to expand their reach and launch their initiatives. Today, online presence is crucial for companies and for NGOs, it is no different; it allows them to get donations, attract volunteers and simply get their initiatives out for people to see. At many times, the cost of creating a functional and effective website, creating an advertisement or have quality pictures/videos of their non-profit is too high for them to incur. Already struggling with their finances, this is an aspect they cannot spend money on, and thus, having people help with is highly appreciated.

The Creative Technologies Program is targeted to people that have experience in the areas needed by the NGOs, mainly web design, photography, videography and graphic design. Each volunteer’s placement will be determined by how their skills match the needs of the organizations at the time of their arrival.

Volunteers need to be qualified in the area chosen to volunteer in, with at least 2 years experience. If they feel like the project provided below is not in their skill-set, it is important to notify Serve the City ahead of time so that they can make the necessary arrangements. As these NGOs do not have the necessary resources available, volunteers need to provide their own laptops, design software (Adobe Creative Suite or equivalent) and/or camera equipment in order to participate on this project.

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