Welcoming and training
Akwaba’s interest is to help newcomers integrate into our society. Our activities are aimed at providing them with the necessary tools to actively participate in the daily life of their neighbourhood and the city of Barcelona, with equal opportunities, rights and duties.We are convinced that training is the key to make people less vulnerable.
How do we do this?
We help, inform and orient. We offer training courses and legal and career counselling. We promote personal growth processes based on autonomy and responsibility. We encourage personal development through meetings, dialogue, educational activities and active citizen participation in society.
Why do we do it?
To improve the living conditions of newcomers and to sustain an intercultural society without discrimination of any kind.
Personal attention and guidance for people in vulnerable situations to better cope with certain aspects of their personal, social and working life. We also help them familiarize with social services and facilities.
Social skills workshops
Mainly directed at women, these workshops aim to improve their communication skills for daily-life circumstances: assertiveness, self-esteem, decision making, empathy, active listening, nonverbal communication, etc.
Specific housekeeping training for women aimed at hotel and other facilities. The course allows them to obtain a professional qualification and to learn a trade; it includes an internship in a referred company.
Tutoring for primary school
Tutoring for primary school children to consolidate their reading and writing skills in Catalan and help them with their homework.
Celebrating holidays and traditions
We create opportunities to meet and better understand the newcomers’ cultures and share ours with them.
Outings and cultural visits
We visit museums, parks, libraries, fairs, government agencies, etc. to better understand the city and its cultural facilities.
Theoretical and practical preparation for the official exam to obtain Spanish citizenship. We help students get through the technicalities.
Work and legal advice
Professional and personalized advice on immigration, employment contracts, family reunification, etc.
Getting to know the neighbourhood
Practical information about services offered by the municipality and other public institutions.
Catalan, Spanish and literacy courses
Through our effective teaching methodology, we provide the linguistic and instrumental tools for better communication and greater autonomy.
Basic courses aimed at a working praxis.
- Welcoming Service: Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm / 4pm to 7pm
- Work and legal orientation: : by appointment only
- Preparation for the citizenship exam: Friday, 6.30pm to 8pm / Saturday, 11.30am to 2.30pm
- School tutoring: Thursday and Friday, 5.15pm to 6.30 pm.
- Housekeeping course: Monday to Friday, 11am to 1pm.
- Other activities: please check schedules.
I was a teacher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and I currently teach English at the Akwaba Foundation to a significantly large group of women.It is interesting to share their experiences as they have discovered how important it is to stick together and share their problems with each other.
Leaving their home country wasn’t easy and they go through a period of adaptation to the new surroundings and mourning for what they have left behind. To welcome them warmly is our way of helping them.
I came here to look for a job, but when I arrived I realised how important it is to master the language. I have great confidence in the Akwaba Foundation, because they helped me in the process of learning Spanish and finding solutions to my problems.