The Intentional Expat

Living Your Best Life Abroad

Expats Give Back: Madrid


Whether you’re heading back to Madrid this fall for another year of teaching, or getting ready to start your first year there, consider adding “volunteering” to the list of things you hope to experience while living in Spain’s capital city this year. There are a number of different volunteer opportunities available to choose from and there’s sure to be one that suits your needs, interests and availability. Volunteering abroad is a great chance to get to know the locals, make new friends, improve your language skills, improve your resume and help out your new community at the same time. And if you still need convincing, check out the following infographic for more facts on the benefits of volunteering (Madrid volunteer opportunities listed beneath)

benefits of service


Serve the City Madrid is a non-religious organization dedicated to organizing volunteer projects throughout the year, such as delivering sandwiches to the homeless, in order to help foster a sense of community and serve the underprivileged in Madrid.

Hacesfalta is a search engine for volunteer opportunities throughout the world, with options to narrow down your search by city (Madrid) and interests (aficiones).

T-oigo is always looking for native speakers to teach English to children with hearing aids and ear implants

Portal de Voluntariado de la Comunidad de Madrid offers a list (in Spanish) of over fifty different organizations in Madrid with opportunities for volunteering.

Espacio Pozas 14 was created by the Madrid Red Cross chapter in order provide a place to meet people and carry out activities with the aim of raising awarness and increasing prevention related to the needs of Madrid’s residents. Contact them to find out more about the available opportunities.

Bokatas hands out sandwiches throughout the city to Madrid’s homeless in order to not only feed those in need, but also start a conversation with them.

Comedor Social Ventas is a social diner serving meals to those in need. They’re always needing help and it’s a great place to practice your Spanish!

St. Louis University Madrid’s website also offers a list of a number of opportunties for volunteering throughout Madrid.

Internations Madrid Volunteer Group offers another chance to volunteer with a charity called ” “Soñar Despierto,” with opportunities to volunteer even if you can’t commit on a consistent basis

If you’re aware of a volunteer opportunity in Madrid that isn’t listed here or you would like me to edit one of the program descriptions, please comment below. Thank you! 


Author: Melissa

Born in the rainy, green Northwestern corner of the United States, Melissa relocated to the almost-always-sunny city of Madrid, Spain five years ago. After getting her master's degree, traveling to places her friends at home drooled about, falling in love with a Spaniard, and having her heart broken by said Spaniard, it's safe to say that she's learned firsthand about the less than glamorous side of living abroad. Thankfully, she gets to use this experience, along with her professional expertise, in her work as a mental health therapist in Madrid where she helps other expats learn to deal with the inevitable ups and downs of living abroad. This blog is designed to be informative and is in no way intended to serve as a substitute for therapy.

4 thoughts on “Expats Give Back: Madrid

  1. This is great! So difficult to search for reliable/trustworthy opportunities like this when you aren’t from the country.


  2. Excellent info, thanks. For occasional participation as and when you can, I’d also recommend the Volunteering Group at Internations –


  3. Looks very interesting! It appears the needs are the same world wide!


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