There are many international volunteer organizations. From universities in the United States that come to Europe in joint programs of studies, volunteering and tourism, to projects of the United Nations.
Catalonia is a privileged destination for international volunteering, both for the wealth of the associative network, and for the public image that the territory distills in the world, especially since the games of 1992, and in the day to day of geopolitics and the culture
At first glance it may seem that for associations it is easier to have local volunteer who knows the culture and needs less accompaniment, travel and supervision, but there are entities, such as iWith.org, which are based on international volunteering as an element key to developing your organizational culture.
"We have opened a multitude of doors around the world", says Ramon Bartomeus, director of iWith.org. There are a multitude of organizations that volunteer in Catalonia from universities in the United States that come to Europe in joint programs of studies, volunteering and tourism, to projects of the United Nations.
Some of them are:
IES Abroad (Institute for the International Education of Students)
A less well-known formula is the European Solidarity Corp, a new initiative of the European Union with the aim of creating opportunities for young volunteers to collaborate in European projects. "At iWith.org we have done very good experiences with these well-established organizations in Catalonia and we recommend that all organizations give themselves the luxury of opening their doors to new ideas and cultures", says Bartomeus.
Most of these volunteers come mostly from Europe and the United States and can participate in a multitude of activities, either by translating, searching, contributing knowledge, dealing with communication issues and campaigns, programming, designing or organizing activities. But beyond the specific tasks carried out, this constant influx of young people from different cultures contributes to providing new ideas, points of view and contacts for catalan entities beyond the environment in which they move.
Receiving international volunteering also requires having an organization open to English as a tool for work and a multitude of languages as a learning space. It means spending time in the conversation, eating together, listening to extravagant ideas to manage small unimaginable conflicts, work on phobias and a priori, and devote time to human relationships in order to make progress towards the construction of teams that reorganize organizations.