The culture of volunteering forms part of the humanistic- philosophical project promoted by New Acropolis and arises from a deep-rooted solidarity with and commitment to the problems and needs of our time.
Volunteering is the natural expression of a spirit of union with life and humanity, which manifests in the practice of values such as unselfishness, commitment and striving for the common good.
New Acropolis fosters the creation of volunteer projects and groups around the world on a local and international basis. It also promotes cooperation with public or private voluntary organizations in different fields, such as GEA, UNICEF, Manos Unidas, Red Cross, etc.
New Acropolis offers society a space where values such as solidarity, tolerance and responsibility are cultivated, resulting in good citizenship and human values. The culture of volunteering forms part of the philosophical education promoted by New Acropolis. Through volunteering, members and sympathizers of NA express their social commitment through humanitarian actions, social and educational projects (for those most in need, the elderly, etc.), ecological and heritage restoration activities, organized by the association itself or in cooperation with other organizations and many international NGOs.
“The IONA reiterates its commitment to the society of our time through its implementation of specific actions of solidarity in different parts of the world where natural catastrophes, poverty, discrimination or injustice fall upon the most disadvantaged sections of society. " (Declaration of the General Assembly. 2006)
The transformative potential of philosophy promoted by New Acropolis finds one of the expressions of its identity in its volunteering programs, which have significantly increased in recent years. We are sometimes supported in these activities by the GEA Active Ecology Groups which, with their flexible organization, were created in many countries to be ready to act swiftly in cases of emergency. In the programs designed by New Acropolis International, the training of volunteers, both ethical technical and specialised, is given special care and attention.
Social actions and solidarity +
All over the world, members of New Acropolis carry out actions of altruistic support, whether on a private and personal level or in an organized and public way. Activities range from financial support and human contact to preparing and helping out at mass events, where volunteers help to ensure the health and safety of participants.
In this way, children without families, elders overwhelmed by the pressure of life, or people who find it extremely difficult to obtain the necessities that for others are normal, are supported, helped and given dignity. It is the humble and constant contribution of volunteers whose only reward is the inner satisfaction of having acted when necessity called.
Humanitarian Disaster Relief +
When problems are urgent, solutions have to be rapid. In addition to sustained, everyday social action, there are immediate and basic needs: from one moment to the next, without any announcement, without warning, the earth trembles, becomes flooded with water or vomits fire from its insides. When this happens - today, right now, immediately - people have to be rescued, treated, cleaned, fed, housed, sheltered, and their towns and villages rebuilt... And above all, they need to hear someone say: "you're not alone".
When disaster, poverty or misfortune strike, we need a hand to feed us and a roof to cover us. But also a gesture, a look, a word, which makes us remember our dignity as human beings, beyond the circumstances which are pressing upon us at that moment.
With this idea in mind, teams trained in emergency interventions have been formed, working in coordination with governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Caring for the Environment +
For the natural philosophy on which New Acropolis bases its principles, human beings are not the owners of nature, but part of it.
Working in coordination with the authorities of each country and each city, groups of enthusiastic volunteers care for national parks and small community gardens, city streets and monuments or coastlines and wild forests. And they not only look after them, but also make an effort to appreciate the beauty and the mystery they contain.
In addition to the action of hands is the action of words. The centers and members of New Acropolis get involved in training the young and raising awareness in adults, whether in the classrooms or in the fields. They also work alongside organizations that promote sustainable development, non-aggressive techniques or simply the spirit of human beings in harmony with the world of which they form part.
Cultural Volunteering +
Supporting the promotion of culture in different ways: literacy campaigns, promotion of reading, conservation of monuments, promotion of artistic events, preservation of traditions, etc.
VOLUNTEER TRAINING. Through lectures, workshops, specialist courses and campaigns, we train volunteers, not only in the technical aspect, but also in the ethical and psychological sense.