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Volunteer in Special Needs Support in Spain with IVHQ
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Volunteer in Special Needs Support in Spain with IVHQ

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Special needs volunteering in Madrid

Being placed in two projects over the course of two weeks was exciting but also brought about different demands. IVHQ eased us into the project so it did not feel like we were put into something unknown. Assisting the elderly was pleasant as they were very accommodating. The only issue I found that prevented me from giving my all to this project was the language barrier. So I started learning Spanish everyday to help myself assist them better with their activities. The second project was assisting individuals with autism which was quite challenging. But it is all within the learning experience and it comes with with the job. It is a great way to gain experience by assisting these lovely individuals with their activities. I really recommend this project for those who would want to pursue a career in this aspect. IVHQ will place you in projects that need assistance, so even if it does not feel you make an impact within any group, trust me, your presence makes a difference in the lives of the individuals you assist. Other than the language barrier I faced in these projects, there were no other difficulties at all. The remainder of the day was spent exploring Madrid with friends from the IVHQ House. The house was very lovely and catered to our needs. Using the google translate app for those who do not understand Spanish is a great help. Using the Madrid transportation app helps as well! Best way to experience everything about your weeks in Madrid is to be open to the experience and doing things that you might normally do. It will be worth your while.