Service Opportunities


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. Positions are limited; if you are interested, contact the Student Life Office (

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 or send an email to

Is a SLU-Madrid Campus volunteer opportunity. Volunteers make bocadillos - sandwiches - and distribute them among homeless people in the city center. The sandwich is only a "pretext" to establish a conversation with them, the volunteers' main goal is to give these homeless people the dignity they deserve by sitting with them and listening to them as we all share our own life stories. If you are interested in this opportunity or would like more information, email: who will forward your email to the "BocaTalk" student leaders.

Colegio Álvaro de Bazán
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 but better during the mornings. If interested contact the Student Life Office (

Colegio Julián Marías
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. If interested contact the Student Life Office (

Colegio Nuestra Señora 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. For more information contact the Student Life Office (

Community ESL
Free English as a Second Language program offered by SLU-Madrid to the community. Classes are given once or twice a week in the evenings. Classes form at the beginning of each semester and run through the end of the term.  Basic class preparation is given prior to starting, with assistance provided as needed. English fluency required. Contact: Professor Hamish Binns,

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:

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. For more information please contact the Student Life Office (

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. For more information please contact the Student Life Office (

El Rompeolas
Volunteer by hanging out with highschoolers after class while participating in a fun language exchange in Coslada. 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. For more info please contact the Student Life Office (

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. Contact the Student Life Office (

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!  (wate-rpolo games, visits to museums, parks and magicians are just a few of the activities planned). For more information write an email to or check their webpage

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. For more information contact the Student Life Office (

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. For more information please contact the Student Life Office (

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 or send them an email

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. For more information please contact the Student Life Office (

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. For more info contact the Student Life Office (

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. If you are looking for a great experience, you may answer this advert at the Student Life Office.

Serve the City Madrid
Join us and make a difference in your community. STC Madrid needs your help to keep this project moving. Sign up for the STC Madrid newsletter here and find out about their weekly activities.

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. They are located right across the street from SLU! Contact Paloma in Student Life ( to set up an interview with them.

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. 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
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