Make a difference in local communities through non-profit organizations based in Barcelona and enhance your resume from wherever you are with ISEP’s Virtual Service Learning Program. Learn about Spanish culture and social issues in Barcelona while gaining intercultural competence and remote work skills, which are critical in today’s global world.

Our resident director in Barcelona provides guidance and support to participants throughout the program, facilitating cultural online sessions and being available for questions and assistance. You will also be assigned a supervisor at the chosen organization.

Virtual service learning is a great way to earn meaningful international work experience while gaining first-hand insight into communities with a different cultural context.

If you are planning on studying abroad in Barcelona in the near future, virtual service learning is a fantastic way to initiate contact with the culture and collaborate with local people.

Though Spanish language competency will open up more opportunities, this service learning experience is open to students of all levels of Spanish.

Dates

Applications are due by March 15, 2021.

Program Dates: April 5 – June 10, 2021

Students will be required to complete a minimum of 30 hours. The number of hours per week will depend on the specific organization’s needs but will average 3-5 hours per week.

Program Fee

US$950

Program fee includes:

  • Personalized support in your project selection and throughout your program
  • International work experience with a leading service organization
  • Training and project supervision
  • Cross-cultural training sessions
  • Certificate upon successful completion of volunteer program
  • Reference letter from ISEP and participating organization
  • Access to ISEP’s alumni network of 1,500+ members, providing connections, job coaching, graduate school application advice, and even job placement


To learn more, please contact Maria Mateu, ISEP Resident Director in Barcelona, at


Student Experience



Service Learning Opportunities

You will volunteer at one of the following service organizations in various fields. Each organization has different needs and requirements in terms of skills, knowledge of Spanish language and commitment.

Gleaners (Espigoladors)

Espigoladors (Gleaners in English) is a non-profit organization that recovers food on farmers’ fields through the practice of gleaning — collection of fruits and vegetables discarded from the commercial market. The recovered product allows this organization to fight against food waste, provide fresh food and a healthier diet to low income people and create job opportunities to people at risk of social exclusion.

Requirements: For the translation tasks: Native or Advanced English and Intermediate Spanish skills. For the audio-visual and graphic design tasks: knowledge of video editing programs, preferably Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Adobe Photoshop. Knowledge of Lightroom is a plus.

Ways you’ll contribute:
The organization needs help with two different tasks. The volunteer could contribute to one or the two types of tasks, they are not exclusive.

  • Translation into English and language editing of documents and texts (annual reports, web sections, marketing materials) and English conversational lessons with staff.
  • Graphic design and audio-visual support: Edition of video, photos, and other graphic materials. Creation of animated videos.


CREART

Creart develops international projects with the aim of improving education and life conditions of children using the arts as a tool for social transformation. They develop projects in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Requirements: Native or Advanced English skills

Ways you’ll contribute:

  • Support the communications department with communications strategies, design, management and development of social media content.
  • Help with international fundraising, research for potential grants and grant writing.
  • Assist with English editing and translation of documents.


Oxfam International – Climate Change Department

Oxfam is a global development organization that mobilizes peoples’ power to fight poverty and inequality. The organization is developing an international climate change resilience initiative.

Requirements: Advanced English skills, interest in climate change and some experience in communication strategies; interview required.

Ways you’ll contribute:

  • Assist in developing internal communication products for the Climate Change initiative.


### Language Assistant At Primary & Secondary Schools (English, French & German) Having a virtual language assistant at a school is an extraordinary opportunity for the students and for the educational community in general. In the Spanish Education System, students start learning a second language (normally English) at an early age. Although language professors tend to have excellent English skills, they tend not to be native speakers of English. Requirements: Native English, Native French or Native German. **Ways you’ll contribute:** - In coordination with the Language Professor, you will help students to practice and improve their spoken skills in English through the preparation of different activities adapted to the age and level of the students.


IBO Foundation

The IBO Foundation works to implement a socioeconomic development model that is both sustainable and reproducible across the Ibo district, in northern Mozambique. They promote development through business-focused project management in various areas, including health, training and employability, sustainable tourism, promotion of economic activities, and gender equality.

Requirements: Native or Advanced English and Spanish skills. Portuguese knowledge is a plus.

Ways you’ll contribute:

  • Support with communication tasks: social media management, communication strategies, photo editing, graphic design.
  • Help with project development: grant writing, day-to-day project development.


Andròmines

Andròmines (a word in Catalan to define a useless utensil) is a non profit organization whose mission is to help people experiencing severe social and employment difficulties and to promote sustainable practices to protect the environment. By conducting training programs and creating employment opportunities, this organization facilitates the inclusion of people to the ordinary employment market and increases the environmental awareness.

Requirements: Advanced Spanish skills and Native-Advanced English skills.

Ways you’ll contribute:

  • Support with communication tasks: social media management, communication strategies, photo & video editing, graphic design.
  • Translation into English of documents and reports (technical writing).


Yoga Without Borders

Yoga sin Fronteras is a social organization with the goal of bringing yoga to people in vulnerable situations and at risk of social exclusion, including kids and women in risk of exclusion, refugees, elders, people with mental health problems.

Requirements: Advanced English skills. Interest in yoga.

Ways you’ll contribute:

  • Graphic design, photo and video editing
  • Support with social media management and communication strategies


### T-Oigo – Program Allies in English T-Oigo supports families and children with hearing loss to promote total inclusion in society and enhance English language skills. Requirements: Native or advanced English skills **Ways you’ll contribute:** - English language learning for children and teenagers - Video and material editing


Melting Pot Cooking Barcelona

This social impact organization fosters intercultural relations through food and cooking and supports people in risk of exclusion to become entrepreneurs in the cooking sector.

Requirements: Advanced English skills for some tasks. Intermediate Spanish for translation tasks.

Ways you’ll contribute:

  • Social media management
  • Translations of documents into English
  • Research of similar projects in the other countries.


SJD Solidarity

The organization supports marginalized populations, including those dealing with issues of homelessness, mental illness, and addictions. They need support with a specific educational project raising awareness in schools.

Requirements: Intermediate/Advanced level of Spanish.

Ways you’ll contribute:

  • Translations of documents and texts into English
  • Support the sensitization of children and teenagers


### Social Adult School La Verneda This social organization supports adult education in impoverished communities through social projects, volunteering, and educational activities. Requirements: Advanced English skills for some tasks. Intermediate Spanish for teaching and translation. **Ways you’ll contribute:** - Teaching English - Grant writing - Translating documents into English and text editing.

Baobab NGO Consulting

Baobab Consulting helps organizations in the international development sector by offering different services like strategic planning, project monitoring and evaluation, or research and policy.

Requirements: Advanced English skills. Graphic design and/or video editing skills, plus interest in international development and NGOs.

Ways you’ll contribute:

  • Graphic design & illustration
  • Video production
  • Web development


Centre for African & Intercultural Studies

The Centre is dedicated to research, training, outreach, and sensitization on African societies and cultures, intercultural relations, and cultural diversity, to transform perceptions and realities and to foster an appreciation for diversity.

Requirements: Advanced English skills. Interest and some experience in African societies and realities and motivation for the organization’s projects.

Ways you’ll contribute:

  • Graphic design
  • Communication strategies
  • Marketing plans


### Community Adult School La Troca Community school that offers support to the educational needs of young and adult people in a specific neighborhood in Barcelona. Enables participants to learn and develop life competences. Requirements: Intermediate level of Spanish. **Ways you’ll contribute:** - Translation of documents & website - Teaching English - Research international funding resources & grant writing

Islamic Relief

International humanitarian organization helping vulnerable communities around the world. The chapter in Barcelona organizes fundraising events and mobilizes youth to raise awareness about social injustices.

Requirements: Advanced English skills.

Ways you’ll contribute:

  • Support with web design, graphic design & video editing
  • Translation of documents
  • Assist with design of fundraising strategies.


Language Assistant At Primary & Secondary Schools

Having a virtual language assistant at a school is an extraordinary opportunity for the students and for the educational community in general. In the Spanish Education System, students start learning a second language (normally English) at an early age. Although language professors tend to have excellent English skills, they tend not to be native speakers of English.

Requirements: Native/Advanced English

Ways you’ll contribute:

  • In coordination with the Language Professor, you will help students to practice and improve their spoken skills in English through the preparation of different activities adapted to the age and level of the students.


### AURA Foundation Social organization that offers services for social and employment inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. Requirements: Intermediate level of Spanish. **Ways you’ll contribute:** - Support with English language courses in developing class materials and dynamics - Assisting the English teacher in online teaching