“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” — William Shakespeare
You are a newcomer in Barcelona and you are looking for some extra activities to keep you busy, help you meet new people and do something for the new community you live in? Why don’t you try volunteering? Volunteering is a great way to get to know the city, spend some quality time with people, who share the same interest and can even help you get a job! Do you want to know how? Keep reading to find where to volunteer in Barcelona!
ALTARRIBA is a foundation dedicated to the animal word. For this animal shelter, the main goal is to promote respect for pet animals, informed and responsible adoption and ensure good coexistence between the animals and the citizenship. The volunteers in the shelter strive to achieve the highest level of well-being and comfort of the animals housed, taking care of their needs with continuous and integral attention. Whatever your skills and however much time you have to offer, volunteering with animals will be an unforgettable experience.
AIESEC claims to be the world’s largest non-profit youth-run organization. It is an international non-governmental organization and provides young people with leadership development and cross-cultural experience. AIESEC has two main programs – global volunteer for short-term exchanges and global internship for 3 to 18 months experiences across the globe. In Barcelona AIESEC has three main offices.
GREENPEACE is known for its direct actions and has been described as the most visible environmental organization in the world. Greenpeace states its goal is to “ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity” and focuses its campaigning on worldwide issues such as climate change, deforestation, overfishing, commercial whaling, genetic engineering, and anti-nuclear issues.
ESN or Erasmus Student Network is the organization that stays behind the idea of “students helping students“, which is still the most important motto of ESN volunteers. The ESN volunteers help the Erasmus students in their University to integrate themselves in the new country. ESN volunteers organize events, trips, culture activities and more in order to help the Erasmus student to get the most of their experience abroad. More than 20 years after the creation, ESN network consists of 280 sections in 32 European countries, only in Spain they have more than 30 sections!
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Remember “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
Volunteering brings people together, it unities people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal. Besides that, you will learn more about Cataluña through working with local non-profit agencies, you will gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs. Volunteering is a great way to gain working experience and enter in the business word. It will help you self-reflect on what you good at and what you interests are. Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self-worth.