Volunteers

Our wonderful volunteers are the heart and soul of the Fundación Aladina. Fifteen years ago, our president, Paco Arango, used to be one of those volunteers. Now, we have a fantastic group of more than 50 selfless individuals who choose to spend their afternoons with children and teens suffering from cancer.

The kids and teens anxiously wait for the opportunity to escape the harsh reality of the hospital. In the afternoon, they know that once the doctors and nurses leave, the Aladina volunteers arrive and the fun begins! Through games, workshops, and training sessions our volunteers create meaningful and deep-rooted relationships with the patients and their families as they go through this difficult time. 

Aladina’s volunteers play a vital role in the recovery process, as their daily companionship becomes a significant source of support to patients and their families. Our activities aim to strengthen the patients’ will to get better, help them feel less afraid, express their emotions, and, above all, allow them to keep smiling through the hard times. After all, laughter is the best medicine.

All of our volunteer work is coordinated by an outstanding group of professionals, including Aladina’s director of hospital programs, our coordinator, and the foundation’s psycho-oncologists. Our volunteers don’t think of what they do as a chore; instead, they go home feeling uplifted from the kids’ smiles.

Our team of volunteers keeps growing! We have volunteer programs at Hospital Niño Jesús, Gregorio Marañón, 12 de Octubre and Quirón.

We don’t want the children to feel sick for one bit!

Care for children and teenagers

Sometimes children and teenagers with cancer feel scared, confused, sad, and out of control. Using therapeutic recreational techniques, the volunteers help the young patients understand the disease so they can better cope with surgery, hospitalization, and treatments. We want to make their time in the hospital as pleasant as possible.

Our aim is to strengthen the kids’ will to live and get better–to beat this disease that has such an impact on their lives. To do this, we use all kinds of therapeutic recreation and relaxation techniques, as well as give the children plenty of chances to express their emotions through play.

Care for families

Another key goal of Aladina is to care for the patients’ families and give them emotional and psychological support.

A cancer diagnosis in a child or teenager is a severe blow to a family. That's why we make sure they know that they're supported, and most importantly, that they're not alone.

The foundation’s volunteers and workers are with the families throughout the different phases of their child’s disease, helping them in any way that they can.

Testimonials

  • “Aladina is something you think you are doing to help others, by providing teenagers sick with cancer...
    “Aladina is something you think you are doing to help others, by providing teenagers sick with cancer with companionship and fun. But over time, you realize that it is the other way around, they are the ones who change your life. You notice that your problems are small and silly and that kids that are struggling to stay alive are teaching you how to live and be happy.”
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    Ole Yañez, volunteer
  • “For me, having Aladina’s team around in the hospital when I’m admitted means fun, company, learning...
    “For me, having Aladina’s team around in the hospital when I’m admitted means fun, company, learning through cool workshops and a huge distraction. They are amazing!”
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    Melody Termenón, patient
  • "Thanks to the volunteers, the afternoons spent in hospital are always different and fun. We really look...
    "Thanks to the volunteers, the afternoons spent in hospital are always different and fun. We really look forward to seeing them, as we know for sure there'll be plenty of fun awaiting."
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    Ana Santos, patient
  • “Spending Friday afternoons with children suffering from cancer might sound like a sad ordeal, but...
    “Spending Friday afternoons with children suffering from cancer might sound like a sad ordeal, but a lot of these afternoons turn into parties where the kids have lots of fun and their parents are able to relax. And as for the volunteers, well, we feel infinitely happy.”
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    Armando, volunteer
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