About Non-Profits and NGOs

This section describes non-profits and non-governmental organizations, what they do and what types of jobs or volunteer opportunities may exist for foreign workers.

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Whether in a paying job, an internship or as a volunteer, working for a non-profit or non-governmental organization provides a way to gain experience working in another country, as well as make connections and understand the local culture.

During the 2008 economic recession, support from governmental and public official organizations was drastically reduced, so many small NGOs had to suspend their work or limit their action plans to temporary projects. This has been particularly significant among Spanish NGOs that implement programs in developing countries and/or contribute to international development goals. Because of their specificity, this type of NGO is technically known in Spain as ONGDs or Organizaciones No Gubernamentales para el Desarrollo (Non-Governmental Organizations for Development).

Even with the economic recovery experienced today, the government continues to allocate only a small part of its budget for Official Development Assistance (ODA). Currently the country allocates only 0.22% of its gross national income to ODA, a figure that is well below the OECD country average (approximately 0.4%). In contrast, private funding of non-profits/NGOs has grown slightly in recent years, resulting in growing opportunities for social marketing professionals and fundraisers. 

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