Service and Community Outreach

Saint Louis University offers its students, faculty and staff opportunities to live out their identity as men and women for others.

Central to the life of Christian mission is love of neighbor and the pursuit of justice, including a special care for and solidarity with the poor and needy. This solidarity challenges people of faith to make the world more loving, more just, more peaceful and more committed to life.

Learn more about how to serve the Madrid community through service learning, volunteer and leadership opportunities.

Campus Ambassadors

Campus Ambassadors are student representatives who commit to upholding the mission of Saint Louis University through their duties as mentors and in living their daily lives. SLU-Madrid Campus Ambassadors are recognized leaders in the University community.

As a Campus Ambassador, you’ll serve as an official student representative for the University. You’ll assist with Welcome Sessions, Commencement and other activities.

To be selected as a Campus Ambassador, you must have strong leadership skills, be in good academic standing, and have the desire to serve the SLU-Madrid community. The application form and all documents must be submitted by February.  

SLU-Madrid Service Opportunities

Unless stated otherwise, if you are interested in serving with any of the organizations listed below, contact Paloma Gómez de Salazar, campus minister, and coordinator of student emergencies and student services engagement, at paloma.gomezdesalazar@slu.edu

Amigos de los Mayores
This organization serves the elderly in Madrid with submitting official paperwork, going to the doctor or running errands. Interested students need to take part in a brief preliminary interview. Those chosen to collaborate are then placed on an on-call list.
BocaTalk

Volunteers with BocaTalk make bocadillos — or sandwiches — and distribute them among homeless people in the city center. The sandwich is a pretext to establish a conversation with them, and the volunteers' main goal is to give these homeless people the dignity they deserve by sitting with them and listening to them.

Colegio Álvaro de Bazán

Colegio Álvaro de Bazán is a public school looking for volunteers to assist English teachers with their classes by providing the oral input of a native speaker. The schedule is flexible, depending on the volunteer's availability but there are more options during the mornings.

Colegio Julián Marías

Colegio Julián Marías is a public school looking for volunteers to assist English teachers with their classes by providing the oral input of a native speaker. The schedule is flexible, depending on the volunteer’s availability.

Community ESL

Community ESL is a free English as a Second Language program offered by SLU-Madrid. 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 provided to volunteers prior to starting, with assistance as needed. English fluency is required. For more information, contact Hamish Binns at hamish.binns@slu.edu

Comedor Social Ventas

Volunteer your time at this soup kitchen close to the center of Madrid by dedicating one day a week, Monday through Thursday, from noon to 2:30 p.m. while helping out with the normal duties of a soup kitchen during lunchtime. This opportunity requires a weekly commitment throughout the full year.

Concaes
Volunteer your time teaching English once a week to the inmates at a prison close to Madrid. This experience requires a weekly commitment and you may be required to show your Spanish NIE (residency card).
Desarrollo y Asistencia

The mission of this organization is to create solidarity in the Madrid community. It works with more than 1,700 volunteers in a wide variety of programs that serve many different populations. Volunteer opportunities include assisting in hospitals, visiting the elderly, serving the needs of the homeless, helping in long-term care centers and engaging physically handicapped people in activities. For more information, contact María del Valle Pinaglia at promocion@desarrolloyasistencia.org

El Rompeolas

Hang out with high schoolers after class and take part in a language exchange in Coslada. You’ll spend quality time with Spanish students talking in English and also have the chance to learn more Spanish language and culture.

Fundación Amoverse

Teach English and engage in activities with teenagers in El Pozo del Tío Raimundo, one of the most economically disadvantaged areas in the city. It’s also a great opportunity to meet students from other Jesuit universities.

Fundación Masnatur
Volunteer with Masnatur and accompany children with disabilities as they do activities around Madrid such as play water-polo, visit parks and museums and go to magic shows. All activities are planned by the organization and are carried out in groups of 20 to 30 kids with their corresponding volunteers. Events typically take place on the weekends. This service opportunity is also available during the summer sessions.
Fundación Rais

Meet other volunteers, get to know Madrid and give the kids the opportunity to participate in activities they normally don't get to do such as water-polo games, visits to museums, parks and magicians. For more information, email voluntarios@masnatur.org or visit their webpage at masnatur.org.

Spanish is required.

Inspirasports
Inspirasports works with homeless people to stop the marginalization this community through sports. Join them at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays or Thursdays in Retiro Park for a run. Meet new people as you get healthy exercise.
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 provide company. The nuns also run a soup kitchen in Vallecas and usually need help in the evenings with set up and clean up.

Volunteer any day of the week except for Thursdays at the soup kitchen in Vallecas, which serves around 100 people a day. You only need to commit from 2 to 5 p.m. and the duties include preparing food, serving and cleaning up after. This service opportunity is also available during the summer sessions.

Parroquia San Carlos Borromeo

Tutor kids on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. at the parish, located in one of the most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Madrid. Provide help in math, physics, chemistry or any subject you might be good at. They are also looking for English tutors willing to spend quality time with children.

Primary School El Olivo

Primary School El Olivo is looking for volunteers to collaborate with the English teachers in conversation classes., with a flexible schedule,The schedule is flexible, depending on the volunteer's availability.

Serve the City Madrid

Join Serve the City Madrid and make a difference in the community. Sign up for the STC Madrid newsletter and find out about their weekly activities.

Soñar Despierto

Soñar despierto works at care centers for children who cannot be looked after by their parents. They are seeking native English speakers to help kids learn the language and to carry out activities with them in English. The organization is located across the street from SLU. You may be required to show your Spanish NIE (residency card).

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 can learn to speak; 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 seeks volunteers who can commit to one to two hours a week to interact in English with a child, usually 5 to 10 years old. You’ll work with the child in their home while their family is present. Learn more about this growing field and consider a future in speech therapy, audiology, medicine, communications or technology. Contact Dale Sindell, the organization’s found and director, at dale@t-oigo.com.

If you want to volunteer with children, you may need to show a background check (if you are from the U.S., they may request an FBI background check).

Summer Service Opportunities

Get involved this summer. Volunteer in the Madrid community while you are on campus, or collaborate on a service project in Israel, Morocco or Ethiopia when classes finish. For more information or to sign up for a project, contact the Student Life Office at studentlife-madrid@slu.edu

Association El Bassma (Morocco)

Volunteer in Morocco through the Asociación El Bassma. They offer programs during the Holy Week break and throughout the summer. You can teach English or French at the school, play games or organize activities with the kids or help remodel the schools. You’ll be housed with volunteers from Morocco, allowing you to get to know the people and culture of Errachidia.

Cooperatour Humanitarian Trips

Cooperatour hosts summer service trips to projects throughout Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

Fundación Catalina Hoffmann

Fundación Catalina Hoffmann seeks volunteers to accompany elderly people to and from their local market. The goal is to help them maintain their routines and continue to eat healthy. This is a great opportunity that doesn't require long hours or a long-term commitment.

MAGIS

MAGIS is a Jesuit organization offering volunteer opportunities for you people between the ages of 18 and 30. If you’re looking to explore your understanding of Christian life from the perspective of Ignatian spirituality, consider a MAGIS experience, activity or pilgrimage. Programs are offered in the summer and during the academic year, in places near or far. Explore the experiences available online at magis.es.

Pueblos Unidos

Pueblos Unidos works in the Barrio de la Ventilla in the northern part of Madrid. During the month of July, the organization needs extra help for their urban summer camps. If you’re available for either the first or second two weeks of July and are interested in this experience, contact Margarita Saldaña at msaldana@pueblosunidos.org by the month of May.