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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 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.

Campus Ambassadors

SLU-Madrid Service Opportunities

Descriptions of the different volunteer opportunities offered at Saint Louis University — Madrid Campus can be found below. If you are interested in volunteering with any of the organizations listed below, and you wish to learn about the level of commitment, schedules, level of Spanish, and other relevant requirements to decide where you would like to volunteer, please contact Student Affairs program assistant Sharrad Belin at sharrad.belin@slu.edu.

Accem

Accem is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-denominational organization that works to improve the living conditions of people in vulnerable situations. They defend equal rights, duties and opportunities for all people, regardless of their origin, gender, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation and identity, religion, opinion or social group. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.

Amigos de los Mayores

Amigos de los Mayores is an organization that pairs volunteers with elderly individuals suffering from loneliness and solitude. As a volunteer, your role is to establish a friendly connection with elderly individuals through leisure. This can be through conversations, walks, playing games or sharing stories. Currently, there are two volunteer opportunities offered within this organization:

  • Weekly Volunteering: Weekly volunteering consists of face-to-face or phone conversations for at least 2 hours a week. This form of volunteering can be done at the student's most convenient time and day of the week and requires an annual or academic year commitment.
  • Occasional Volunteering: This type of volunteering for specific events consists of collaborating on specific dates (i.e., holidays and festivals), is flexible, and works with the schedule of the student volunteer.

Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.

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. For more information, contact Paloma Gómez de Salazar at paloma.gomezdesalazar@slu.edu.

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. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.

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

Dragones de Lavapiés

Dragones de Lavapiés is a soccer club in the neighborhood of Lavapiés (Madrid) and home to over 350 children from 50 different nationalities. Dragones Lavapiés functions as both the neighborhood soccer club as well as a network of support for individuals living within the area. Dragones Lavapiés runs campaigns to support women's futbol and events on "Black Athletes Lives Matter." During the pandemic, they operated as a food bank and distributed books to kids. The organization partakes in local activist efforts and primarily aims to offer children and families additional support beyond futbol. They are interested in volunteers who can commit to teaching English to both children and adults for at least one class (one hour) a week.

Fundación Amoverse

Fundación Amoverse works with children and teenagers in situations of social vulnerability in areas of non-formal education, academic support activities and leisure & free time. Volunteers must have a basic level in Spanish to participate. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Fundación Down Madrid

The mission of Fundación Down Madrid is to defend the rights and dignity of individuals with Down syndrome or other intellectual disabilities while simultaneously providing support for their family through school, work and social inclusion. The Fundación Down Madrid organization aims to improve the overall quality of life by transforming our society into a society where people with intellectual disabilities are fully included and their rights are fully recognized. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information. 

Fundación Masnatur

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

Fundación Sanders (FUSA)

Fundación Sanders (FUSA) is a Spanish non-profit organization that is leading the campaign "Una educación para todos." FUSA partnered with the Community of Madrid more than 10 years ago to help teach technology to local at-risk youth. Since launching the campaign, FUSA now reaches across many business sectors and other non-profit organizations in order to help secure devices and internet connectivity for vulnerable families across Spain.

Fundación También

Fundación También is a non-profit organization that has been working since 2001 for the social inclusion of people with disabilities while promoting educational values in sports, leisure and free time activities. Fundación También aims to include its participants in sporting activities with the goal of improving their self-perception and raising their self-esteem. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information. 

MAGIS

MAGIS is a Jesuit organization offering volunteer opportunities for young 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 locations near and far. Explore the experiences available online at magis.es.

Manos de Ayuda Social (formerly known as Comedor Social Ventas)

Manos de Ayuda Social is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the assistance of individuals who are at risk of social exclusion. This organization helps individuals and families impacted by unemployment and loss of business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as pregnant women and foreign individuals in search of employment. At this time, they are looking for volunteers in their cafeteria dining hall in the Vallecas neighborhood 1-2 times a month. Additional volunteer opportunities are available for events and holidays throughout the year. 

Missionaries of Charity

This group of nuns runs 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 setting up and cleaning.

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.

Nadiesolo (formerly known as Desarrollo y Asistencia)

The mission of Nadiesolo is to create solidarity in the community of Madrid. 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. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.

Rescate NGO

Rescate is a Spanish NGO dedicated to serving refugees, victims of conflicts, violence and natural disasters in their countries of origin since 1960. In 2020 they started new projects in which they continue to facilitate the reception, adaptation, social and labor inclusion of refugees and applicants of international protection, especially those who present vulnerability factors such as elements of gender, sexual orientation, the identity of gender or vulnerable families. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.

T-oigo

T-oigo is a non-profit association whose mission is to support families of deaf children with cochlear implants or hearing aids and help them fully integrate into society. T-oigo provides information and training through a nationwide community of parents. Through its national program "Allies in English," children spend one hour a week each semester with a native speaker learning English through games, songs, crafts, etc. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.

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 Office of Student Affairs at studentlife-madrid@slu.edu