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Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, is the vibrant heart of Catalonia, celebrated for its Renaissance art and Gaudi architecture. Neighborhoods like Gràcia, Gótico, and Born showcase the city’s rich history through their narrow, history-laden streets. Famous for Mediterranean tapas and a high quality of life, Barcelona enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate, making its beaches like Bogatell, Mar Bella, and Barceloneta popular spots.
The volunteer program operates in El Turó de la Peira, in Barcelona’s Nou Barris district. It is a culturally diverse neighborhood with residents from 97 nationalities, primarily from South America and the Caribbean. Despite its rich diversity, it’s one of Barcelona’s poorest areas, with 25% of its 18,000 residents facing vulnerability or exclusion.
At our volunteer program, the aim is to build a sustainable community by fighting food waste and hunger. By working with local supermarkets and distributing surplus food, we not only provide meals to those in need, but we also raise awareness about the environmental and social impact of food waste.
As a volunteer, you will be involved in these tasks:
These activities aim to foster community spirit, combat loneliness among older adults, and provide meals and food baskets to those in need.
Training: Across the week, volunteers receive 2 hours of training on topics like cross-cultural volunteerism, NGO management, and food regulations.
Important note: From June 26th to September 1st, activities center in the summer school, Casal de Verano. Most tasks involve engaging with kids, which might affect some workshops and training sessions.
Internet: The NGO cultural center has free Wi-Fi available.
Laundry: There are laundry facilities available.
Accommodations: As a volunteer, you will stay in shared rooms in either our cultural center or two apartments within a 20 to 30-minute walk. These rooms typically have 1 or 2 bunk beds, accommodating 2 or 4 volunteers. If you prefer a single room, upgrades are available for an additional fee, subject to availability and the duration of your stay.
Food: The program provides all food supplies for breakfast and dinner and a cooked lunch. The menu primarily comprises vegetarian options, with occasional choices that include meat. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please state it in your application form so that we can accommodate your dietary requirements.
Volunteers have weekends off to visit all the attractions that Barcelona offers, such as the stunning Sagrada Familia, the colorful Park Guell, the historic Gothic Quarter, and the vibrant La Rambla. Explore neighborhoods like Gràcia, Gótico, and Born, known for their historic streets and vibrant atmosphere. Weekly city excursions are also self-organized by the volunteers themselves. In addition, during long weekends, they organize group outings to the towns and beaches closest to the city, such as Costa Brava. Barcelona also has many national and local festivals during which the city organizes concerts and celebrations in the streets and plazas.
Access to the program activities and events, including Open Mic, Cacao Ceremony, eco-climbing or hiking excursions, snorkeling (in summer) are free.