Make an impact helping offer activities designed to support and uplift young migrants
Are you passionate about making a meaningful impact in the lives of young individuals who have embarked on the challenging journey of migration all on their own? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!
After two weeks of intensive Spanish language classes, you’ll have a great opportunity to play a vital and transformative role in supporting and empowering these courageous young migrants, making a lasting impact on their lives. This unique internship not only allows you to contribute significantly to their growth and well-being but also offers you the chance to broaden your own horizons, gain meaningful cross-cultural connections, and develop a strong sense of empathy and global awareness.
By joining them, you’ll step into a diverse and enriching environment where you’ll interact with people from various cultural backgrounds. This experience promises to be a catalyst for personal growth and development, as you’ll sharpen your social skills while making a real difference in the lives of those who need it most.
- Enhance your ability to communicate effectively and empathetically with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
- Enhance your ability to work collaboratively within a diverse team, including the staff members, volunteers, and migrants themselves.
- Learn how to maintain accurate records and reports of your activities, which can be an essential skill in social service and humanitarian work.
The organization’s primary mission is dedicated to effecting a profound and lasting transformation in the lives of all citizens by extending its reach beyond those in vulnerable circumstances to include its dedicated volunteers. To realize this ambitious goal, the organization pursues two key objectives: firstly, addressing the unique social needs of individuals facing vulnerability within the city of Barcelona, accomplished through an array of diverse activities and programs. Secondly, it strongly promotes the mobilization of citizens, sparking awareness and actively resolving these societal issues through widespread volunteering and enthusiastic participation initiatives.
Overall, the organization’s holistic approach seeks to foster a sense of shared responsibility, unity, and empowerment among Barcelona’s residents, ultimately leading to a more equitable and harmonious society for everyone.
TASKS & REQUIreMENTS
Your stay in Barcelona will start off with 2 weeks of Spanish classes (20 hours per week) and cultural immersion. After that, you will start your enriching internship experience, where you will be working at a space in the center of Gràcia that is used as the new home for the stranded young people. You will actively engage in a wide array of activities designed to support and uplift these young individuals. Your role will encompass a diverse range of tasks and responsibilities, providing you with valuable hands-on experience while making a significant difference in their lives.
- Support the person in charge of the station in the fulfillment of tasks.
- Support the search and organization of leisure activities with other entities.
- Support the revitalization of volunteer activities within the reception space such as a vegetable garden, desserts, themed meals, activities that third-party entities come to or leisure activities during the summer.
- Carry out specific workshops according to the planning and according to the skills/competences of the practitioner.
- Accompaniment to medical appointments.
- Support when preparing meals and creating recipes.
- Creation of informative posters and decorative material for the shelter.
- Promote and support language spaces, group creation and quarterly evaluations of the level of the students.
- Promote and support activities for holiday celebrations (anniversaries, holidays, etc.).
- Accompany volunteers to activities with students to facilitate their interaction.
- Upload at least 2 weekly posts related to the activities in the shelter to the organization’s website.
- Accompany students to create a web profile on the organization’s website.
- Have empathy, good communication and listening skills
- Be proactive and responsible
- Be adaptable to a changing environment
- Have the ability to work independently as well as in a team
- Have the desire to work with people from different cultures
- Intermediate Spanish (B1)
WHERE YOU’LL STAY
While in Barcelona, your accommodation for the first two weeks of your cultural immersion is fully covered as part of your program fee. After two weeks you will have the flexibility to seek alternative housing arrangements, or extend your stay.
You will share an apartment where you will reside alongside 4 to 5 other students. You will have your own private bedroom which will provide you with a personal space to relax and unwind. In addition to your individual bedrooms, you will also share common facilities such as a bathroom and a kitchen.
Safety & Support
Barcelona is a safe place to visit, but like any other tourist destination be aware of pickpocketing and bag snatching. Be careful with your valuables. Although at night many places are safe to walk, it’s better to avoid walking alone.
Your accommodation provides free WifI access to stay in touch with family and friends during your stay.
Meals are not included in the fees. You can prepare your own meals in your apartment or go out.
During your internship, you will be staying in one of the most vibrant and culturally rich cities in the world, Barcelona. You cannot miss the modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí (such as Sagrada Família or Park Güell), visit a modern art museum, take a dive in the Mediterranean on one of many beaches or just enjoy the end of the day in a pinchos bar. There is always something to do in Barcelona.
DATES & RATES
Start and end dates for the internship with this organization are flexible and will be discussed during the application process.
What you’ll pay (2024 rates)
Starter Pack (2 weeks) EUR 2,425
Accommodation extension EUR 275 per week
- Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
- Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
- An academic internship eligible for university credit. Check with your university to confirm if this internship qualifies for credit or alternatively we can assist you with purchasing transfer credits.
- Two weeks of Spanish language classes and cultural immersion (20 hours per week)
- Transfer upon arrival from El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto (Barcelona Airport) to your accommodation
- Private room in shared apartment for first two weeks
- Assistance with your visa arrangement and other preparations
- An orientation program with your supervisor
- Supervision and support during your stay
- Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
- Troubleshooting if needed
- A reference letter at the end of your internship
- Flights to El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto (Barcelona Airport)
- Accommodation after two weeks. It is possible to extend your stay in the accommodation or alternatively find your own accommodation
- Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
- Meals, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
- Costs for additional excursions or activities
Some of our most commonly asked questions for programs in Spain.
An internship in Spain is the perfect opportunity to add to your resume with real work experience while traveling and contributing to a meaningful cause! You’ll have the chance to explore the country and all it has to offer; from beautiful beaches to rolling mountains and everything in between, you’ll be immersing yourself in all that the Spanish culture has to offer. So not only will you be getting to learn what it’s like to work in a grassroots organization, you’ll get the pleasure of doing this in a gorgeous country. A win-win!
No doubt about it! Doing any internship is a great chance to get a glimpse into a career path and put your academic background and skills to the test in practical situations. Going abroad in any context is an eye-opening experience that allows you to connect with new people and discover a different culture. Working with a nonprofit anywhere in the world is an enriching opportunity to contribute to sustainable development and make a difference in the lives of communities. When you put all three together, you’ve got a resume-enhancing and character-building experience that is sure to help you in future plans, no matter which career path you take. Check out this blog for more reasons on how a nonprofit internship abroad can boost your career goals.
Yes our internships qualify for university credits, but you must check with your academic advisor to ensure your university approves this. We can also assist you with purchasing transfer credits to add onto your experience.
Unfortunately, no. All internships with nonprofit organizations are based on a voluntary work placement, meaning you will not receive a stipend of any kind. You can look into various ways to fund your internship experience so that you can embark on a journey that is sure to bring a wealth of new knowledge and opportunities for personal and professional growth (which are both invaluable!).
- Get the chance to develop your skills while engaging in meaningful and educational travel experiences.
- Get hands-on experience in a real professional setting.
- Gain a diverse set of transferable skills that can be highly sought after in various industries.
- Get the chance to build a professional network, which can be important in your career advancement.
- Immerse yourself in the beautiful and vibrant culture of Barcelona.
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