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.

Today there are more than 2,000 NGOs registered in Spain, which represent more than two million people, including employees, volunteers and associated members, according to the official registry of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID or Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo). However, due to the recent economic crisis, support from governmental and public official organizations has been reduced drastically, so many small NGOs have had to suspend their work or limit their action plans to temporary projects. In contrast, private funding of non-profits/NGOs has grown in recent years, resulting in growing opportunities for social marketing professionals and fundraisers.

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