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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.  

SLU-Madrid Service Opportunities

Unless stated otherwise, if you are interested in serving with any of the organizations listed below, contact campus minister and Student Life program assistant Paloma Gómez de Salazar at paloma.gomezdesalazar@slu.edu.

Descriptions of the different volunteer opportunities offered can be found below. In order to learn about the level of commitment, schedules, level of Spanish, other relevant requirements and decide where you would like to (and you will be able to) volunteer, please read the Volunteer Opportunities' Requirements.

ATD Fourth World

This organization founded in 1957 works in 30 countries around the world. ATD Fourth World has different projects focused on eliminating poverty and the gaps it creates in society. There are multiple opportunities for involvement, from translation to street libraries in different neighborhoods around the city. Contact expressionspubliques@atd-quartmonde.org

For more information, visit the ATD Fourth World website.

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.

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.

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

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

Fundación Amoverse

Teach English and engage in activities with teenagers in La Ventilla (close to Plaza de Castilla) or with children 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 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.

Jatari Mission

This is an entity founded by a SLU-Madrid alum. Jatari helps match students with volunteer opportunities. In Madrid, Jatari offers different programs for people in need, including children, the homeless and the elderly. Jatari has a mission in Peru, located in the Peruvian central jungle, within the Vicariate of San Ramón, which has projects related to children, education and development.

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.

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 setting 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.

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.

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 labour 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.

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. You may be required to show your Spanish NIE (residency card).

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