Project Volunteer in Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts

Court terme

1-3 months

The Buen Samaritano rehabilitation centre for drug addicts is situated near to the southern Spanish town of Pozoblanco. Several ECM workers are actively involved in this centre, which aims to prevent alcohol and drug abuse, support drug addicts and their families, and assist with the reintegration of former drug addicts in society. The centre has a vegetable garden, greenhouse and olive orchard, which the residents work in. This program is based largely on occupational therapy.

The centre offers young people (aged between 18 and 30) the opportunity to take part in a project lasting from 6 to 12 months. There is (under certain conditions) an allowance available from the EVS (European Voluntary Service). Two projects are suggested:

1. Drug Addiction Rehabilitation. You will assist a supervisor during work therapy and relaxation activities for the residents. You will also carry out some jobs at the office, such as making appointments, producing promotional materials and answering the phone.

2. Environmental Protection in Andalusia and Maintenance of the Ecosystem. You will assist an agricultural technician with the maintenance of the vegetable garden, the greenhouse and the olive orchard. Together with the technician, you will develop ideas for the preservation of the environment.

The exact content of both projects will be adjusted to the background, abilities and wishes of the volunteer. Both projects require about 24 hours of work a week, plus about 8 hours of language study. The volunteers are accompanied by a mentor. You will live in nearby Pozoblanco in a shared apartment.

You are expected to have some basic knowledge of Spanish, to be responsible, to not consume any drugs (including tobacco) and to be open, tranquil and patient. It is important to realise that because of the target group, the work can be difficult. Male volunteers are preferred since all residents are male, although female volunteers will not automatically be rejected. In order to make use of the EVS allowance, you have to apply through a sending office which is registered as an EVS sending organisation (currently this is only ECM Netherlands). 

Please contact our colleagues at to receive more information on this placement or click on 'Apply for this service opportunity'.

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