Type: Socially Excluded Groups: Minorities - Country: Spain

Brief description and main aims

REMAR is an NGO, originally founded in Spain in 1982, with the aim of helping people with problems with drug addiction, homeless people and people in extreme poverty, single mothers in need of help, broken families, and young people underperforming at school. 

It has centres in 65 countries and has broadened its mission to helping anyone in need, wheter it's marginalised peoples, people recently released from prison with nowhere to go, people with drug addictions, etc. 

Main Activities

REMAR’s main activity is opening shelters, training centres, charitable schools, soup kitchens, shops and working with non-profit companies.

Volunteer tasks

The volunteer is expected to support any of the activities currently undertaken by staff at REMAR’s centres in Ajalvir or Madrid. These include:

  • Soup kitchen: personal service of hot and cold food during the night.
  • Street Angels (‘Angeles de la Calle’): visits to impoverished neighbourhoods to give food and information about REMAR to homeless people.
  • Warehouse: sorting, ordering and cleaning food donations.
  • Printing press: propaganda, binding, sorting and cleaning.
  • Office: administrative tasks, publicity and communication/social media, accounting, journalism, making TV and radio programmes, TV, sound and camera technicians, occupational workshops, etc.
  • Shop floor: cleaning, picking up furniture, customer service

Volunteers work 38 (max) hours a week, with 2 days off per week and an extra 2 days off per month. These can be joined together.

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer should be open minded and flexible. 


The centre in Ajalvir is located east of Madrid, about 26km from the centre/Madrid capital and 12km from Alcalá de Henares, a nearby historic town and location of Miguel de Cervantes’ home. It is accessible by bus to Madrid airport, which is then connected to the Madrid metro.


Minimum: 15 days.

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

Boys and girls live in separate accommodation in Ajalvir and Madrid. Rooms are shared between two people. The person you share with will also be a volunteer at REMAR. Bathrooms are shared and fully equipped.
The accommodation also has WiFi, a communal room with a TV, a kitchen, store room, Internet, computer, communal dining room. 
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided and are usually eaten communally.

More Information

  • no smoking 
  • no drinking alcohol
  • no leaving after 22:00 or bringing strangers to the centre (e.g. friends that do not work at REMAR).
Please remember to bring bed sheets and towels, as these are not provided.

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