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Development Cooperation and Volunteer Unit

Head of the Unit: Maria Isabel Angel Lopez
Address: Restoration Building, Office 001.
C/ Tulipán s/n, 28933. Móstoles (Madrid).
Phone: 914884387 / 914887067   E-mail:
Hours: LV Appointment in the morning.

Website of the Development Cooperation and Volunteering Service

The Development Cooperation and Volunteering Service was created in 2014 with the aim of promoting and coordinating the corporate management of both activities within the university.

Since the beginning of its activities, its own volunteer programs have been promoted, both nationally and internationally, in addition to the establishment of collaboration agreements with third and fourth sector entities to allow the university community access to the volunteer activities carried out by them.

In the field of International Development Cooperation, the Service promotes collaboration programs with entities from various developing countries, supports the consolidation of existing relationships and promotes initiatives for the execution and financing of new projects through calls and specific agreements .


  • Preparation and execution of national and international volunteer programs aimed at the university community.
  • Relationship with entities outside the university to establish common projects in the field of cooperation, volunteering and USR.
  • Management of funding calls for projects related to Development Cooperation and volunteering.
  • Management of international cooperation projects promoted from the service itself or from units that request support.
  • Support for people who are refugees or integrated at some point in the Spanish international protection reception system who are part of the URJC university community.
  • Development and execution of training plans in volunteering and international cooperation.
  • Management of university participation in intergenerational coexistence programs.
  • Management of various activities related to the field of RSU, solidarity and citizen participation within the university.


Basic Volunteer Training Course Fill in the form


IV Call for Development Cooperation, Global Citizenship and Human Rights Projects of the Rey Juan Carlos University

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  2. Annex I
  3. Annex II
  4. Annex III
  5. Annex IV
  6. Annex V
  7. Annex VI
  8. Annex VII

Call for International Volunteering at the Rey Juan Carlos University 2023

The Rey Juan Carlos University assumes as one of its responsibilities, to work on the reduction of inequalities, taking the institutional commitment to promote actions that favor the development of the most disadvantaged social environments, fighting against poverty, inequality and injustice, leading to It carries out this work through the activities that its fundamental pillars represent: training, research and the transfer of knowledge to society.

In Spain, art. 4.2 of RD 822/2021, of September 28, which establishes the organization of university education and its quality assurance procedure, states that "the study plans must have as a reference the democratic principles and values ​​and the Sustainable Development Goals”. Added to this is the request for active collaboration made by the United Nations to promote the inclusion of "Human Rights Education" in higher education in order to: strengthen respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; fully develop the human personality and the sense of the dignity of the human being; promote understanding, tolerance, gender equality and friendship among all nations, indigenous peoples and minorities; facilitate the effective participation of all people in a free and democratic society in which the rule of law prevails; promote and maintain peace; and promote sustainable development centered on people and social justice.

The Statutes of the Rey Juan Carlos University, approved by Decree 22/2003, of February 27, and modified by Decree 28/2010, of May 20, establish in article 3 that the purposes of the Rey Juan Carlos University are: a) The expansion of knowledge through research in all branches of culture, science and technology. b) The dissemination, evaluation and transfer of knowledge at the service of science, technology and culture, quality of life and economic development.

c) The support, promotion and protection of research as a way of creating and renewing knowledge. g) Seek the greatest social projection of its activities, through the establishment of channels of collaboration and assistance to society, in order to favor social, economic and cultural progress; with particular attention to the continuous training of the elderly and the disabled. i) Contribute to the improvement of the educational system through the promotion of the most advanced technological means. j) Promote university cooperation in the international arena, especially within the framework of the European Union and relations with Latin America and the United States of America.

The United Nations 2030 Agenda defines a series of Sustainable Development Goals that, although they must be approached from a global and cross-cutting perspective, do not cease to suppose an equal development horizon for all countries, developed and developing, these the latter, traditionally the main recipients of most of the activity undertaken in the field of Cooperation. Actions such as the one proposed in this call directly affect the establishment of lines of action that favor the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and proposed goals.

The participation of the students of the Rey Juan Carlos University in international volunteering activities in developing countries, either within the framework of the university's own projects, or in projects of collaborating entities, universities of the South with their communities and/or or by non-profit entities that carry out activities in said geographical areas), represents an important boost in the development of the responsibility assumed by the University, while allowing students to make contact with everyday realities outside their environment and in which the application of their knowledge and experiences can be a transforming factor both for the environment in which the activity is carried out and for themselves.

The proposed projects are intended to improve the well-being of the local communities with which they collaborate and contribute to equity, justice, compliance with human rights, social cohesion, the fight against poverty and inequalities, empowering to the key actors for local and regional development, being developed.

The Rey Juan Carlos University, within the regulatory framework described in the preceding paragraphs and, in a very special way, seeking the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda in its daily activity, makes this call that is regulated for the bases set forth below.

Who can participate

This call is aimed at students of the Rey Juan Carlos University enrolled in the last year of undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral studies, at the time of submitting the application.

Bases of the Call and Documentation

Call for Study Grants for refugees from the Rey Juan Carlos University 2023

The Rey Juan Carlos University makes this Call for Aid to refugees, stateless persons, applicants for any of these conditions, or those who have or have requested some type of subsidiary protection in accordance with article 4 of Law 12/2009. Its objective is to contribute so that they can exercise their right of access to higher education and develop their scientific potential while circumstantially they are in a situation of demand for international protection in our country.

In the General Assembly of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE) on September 7, 2015, it was agreed to facilitate the reception of refugee university students, directly or through collaboration with other administrations or other relevant agents of this sector. Likewise, the Permanent Committee of the CRUE, in its meeting of September 9, 2015, recommends as possible actions in the short, medium and long term, among others, the reception in university residences, the provision of support for their integration through legal advice , psychological, health, or the promotion of access and the possibility of continuing their higher studies, placing the countries in conflict as a priority in terms of university cooperation.

The Rey Juan Carlos University assumes as its own the commitment of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities through this Call for Grants, in the exercise of the powers attributed to this University by article 45 of Organic Law 6/2001 , of Universities and other applicable regulations, in its firm will to continue supporting people who face difficulties in accessing their university education.

Who can participate

This call is aimed at refugee students, stateless persons, applicants for any of these conditions, those who have or have requested some type of subsidiary protection in accordance with article 4 of Law 12/2009 or nationals of countries in conflict.



The term for the presentation of the application will open the day after the publication of the bases of this call in the Electronic Notice Board of the URJC, in the National Grants Database and in the Official Gazette of the Community of Madrid, as established by Law 38/2003, of November 17, General Subsidies, and will remain open for one month from the latest effective date of publication in the three media declared lines above.

Further information:  Official electronic board - Rey Juan Carlos University - Electronic Headquarters (urjc.es)

Volunteer training

The Vice President for Planning and Strategy offers different training alternatives in aspects of volunteering.

With the aim of offering quality activities, agreements have been established with different organizations and associations involved in volunteering environments.

Depending on the duration and nature of the training activity, a number of ECTS credits are recognized for completing it.

Basic formation

Within the framework of the agreement established between the URJC and the Volunteering School of the Community of Madrid, there are several annual calls for basic training courses in volunteering given by the aforementioned school, an initial step requested by most of the associations that are dedicated to volunteering activities to those who want to participate in them.


Collaboration with NGOs and Associations


From the Vice President for Quality and Strategy we prepare the offer of university volunteer programs and projects for the academic year and we would like to expand our collaboration with new associations and NGOs.

If you think you can incorporate university volunteering into your organization with students from the Rey Juan Carlos University, do not hesitate to contact us by email: 

Other solidarity activities at the URJC

Within the university, solidarity initiatives of many kinds are promoted. Below you can find information about some of them.

Impact4Change Event 2022 https://www.urjc2030.es/scdv/evento-impact4change-2022/

GlobalChallenge Fall School 2022 – HOW'S THE YARD https://www.urjc2030.es/scdv/escuela-de-otono-2022-de-globalchallenge-como-esta-el-patio/

GlobalChallenge Fall School 2022 – THIS IS ON ½ COURSE https://www.urjc2030.es/scdv/escuela-de-otono-2022-de-globalchallenge-curso-esto-arde-1-2/

GlobalChallenge Fall School 2022 – THIS IS ON COURSE 2/2 https://www.urjc2030.es/scdv/escuela-de-otono-2022-de-globalchallenge-curso-esto-arde-2-2/


The Development Cooperation and Volunteer Service aims to:

  • Make known realities different from those that members of the university community face on a daily basis.
  • Offer members of the university community a platform for participation in activities that provide differential elements in environments and groups in need.
  • Establish links between the university and entities of the Third and Fourth sector to obtain a reciprocal benefit.
  • Allow the training of members of the university community in subjects that can complement regulated academic training.
  • Offer help and support to groups at risk of exclusion.
  • Disseminate the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and mediate between different sectors inside and outside the university to support the achievement of the defined goals.
  • Promote, within the university community, a collective and critical thinking that favors social and sustainable development.

About Us

To achieve its objectives, the following are proposed:

  • National and international volunteering activities in all types of fields and environments.
  • Development Cooperation Projects in developing countries (PVDs).
  • Training activities.
  • Calls for aid and financing.

In the field of volunteering, we work with our own projects and with projects in collaboration with external entities.

We try to promote the interactive use of the web page of the service given the impossibility of providing personal attention. We follow the same strategy for the training activities that are carried out.

In the field of Development Cooperation we try to promote and support the implementation of projects proposed by the university community, through funding via calls and carrying out informative and informative activities.

Linked SDGs

From the moment in which the original entity of the 2030 Agenda considers volunteering as a fundamental vehicle for achieving the objectives defined in it, it is necessary to link the activity of the Service with all the objectives defined in the Agenda, especially when in the activity carried out From the Service you can see a connection with all of them.

What does a volunteer activity consist of?

There is a clear definition of voluntary activity, with legislation applicable both in National scope as in regional area that must be met in the development of any project in this area.

It is essential to make it clear that not everything that is done on a voluntary basis is a voluntary activity. The Law 45 / 2015, of October 14, of Volunteering considers as such, the set of activities of general interest (those that contribute in each of the areas of action referred to in article 6 of said law, to improve the quality of life of the individuals and society in general and to protect and conserve the environment) carried out by natural persons, provided that they meet the following requirements:

  • Have a caring nature.
  • They must be carried out freely and voluntarily by the person, without imposition or obligation of any agent or organization.
  • They do not receive salary or any other material remuneration.
  • They must be carried out within a volunteer organization in our territory or outside of it.
  • Activities that do not require physical assistance from the person, such as those that are carried out through ICTs but that are linked to voluntary organizations, are also included in this category.

Regulations and documentation

Law 1/2023, of February 20, on Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Global Solidarity

Law 1/2015, of February 24, on Volunteering in the Community of Madrid


Law 43/2015, of October 9, of the Third Sector of Social Action


Law 45/2015, of October 14, on Volunteering


Regulations for Academic Recognition of Credits in undergraduate studies at Rey Juan Carlos University (May 29, 2015)


Protocol for the Academic Recognition of Credits for participation in Solidarity and Cooperation University Activities in Madrid Public Universities (March 2, 2015)


Guidelines for University Development Cooperation for the period 2019-2030


University Development Cooperation Strategy (2000)


Code of Conduct for Universities in Development Cooperation Matters (2006)


Guidelines for University Development Cooperation for the period 2019-2030


Team and contact

Head of the Unit: Maria Isabel Angel LopezAddress: Rectorate Extension Building, Office 0051C/ Tulipán s/n, 28933. Móstoles (Madrid).Phone: 91 488 70 29 E-mail: 


Head of Section:
Address: Rectorate Extension Building, Office 0051
C/ Tulipán s/n, 28933. Móstoles (Madrid).
Phone: 91 488 70 67. Email