Barcelona International Community Day, the annual meeting for the international community of the city, celebrates the sixth edition on Saturday 26th October at the Maritime Museum. The event will feature a stand area and an extensive program of conferences, workshops and networkings with personal landing advice, professional opportunities and resources to enjoy and get involved in the city to respond to the needs of newcomers and expats.
International talent is a priority for the City Council, which, in addition to organizing this event, also presents a new service: the Barcelona International Welcome, that offers practical information on living and working, priority procedures on arrival, news and publications of interest.
International focus marked by the present
The imminent leaving of the United Kingdom from the European Union poses a new scenario with many uncertainties for businesses and citizens. To face the new reality of Brexit and clarify doubts about the effects on the international community, Barcelona ICD has programmed two activities of special interest. At 13:15, the British General Consul in Barcelona, Mr. Lloyd Milen, will talk about “Brexit: how does it affect us?”. In addition, attendees will also have the opportunity to answer their questions with the British Consulate team, which will have a point of attention in the Meeting Point from 14:00 to 16:00.
Integration through volunteering
Barcelona is a committed city with a lot of associative life and participating in it is another way social integration. Another novelty of this year is the incorporation into the program of solidarity initiatives to promote volunteering among members of the international community. For this purpose, two shifts have been scheduled in the Meeting Point space (from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00) with organizations such as Fundació Amics de la Gent Gran, Creu Roja, Bienfaisance Barcelone or Food Bank. These entities will also participate in the pitching session at 12:30.
Keys for professional improvement in Barcelona
The Barcelona area offers professional and business opportunities, where there is a significant demand for qualified profiles. Therefore, at the stand of the Barcelona City Council – Barcelona Activa, people looking for work can access the company-occupation platform to find out about the latest offers. In fact, knowing the needs and expectations of the labour market is important to successfully face a selection process. In this sense, Page Personnel, sponsor of Barcelona International Welcome Day, will impart from 12:00 to 12:30 the capsule “What are the companies that are hiring in Barcelona looking for?” in room 2.
Several informative sessions are also scheduled, such as “How to find work in Barcelona (room 2, from 10:30 to 11:00) and another one about self-employment (room 1, from 10:30 to 11:00). In addition, there will be a round table about the professions of the future in the city (room 3, from 14:00 to 14:45).
Resources for the ‘personal landing’
The International Community Day sponsors will be responsible for some sessions, giving practical information for the daily life of newcomers. Banc Sabadell will share financial advice (room 1, from 12:00 to 12:30), ATIPIKA Lifestyle Properties will answer questions about housing in the city (room 2, from 11:15 to 11:45) and ERES Relocation will provide the keys to interact with the new culture (room 1, from 11:15 to 11:45). Allianz will participate in a round table about health and insurance models; while students of schools members of Barcelona International Schools Association (BISA) will explain their experiences when adapting to a new city and school (room 1, from 15:30 to 16:15).
The networking activities will also have their space at Barcelona International Community Day with the aim of generating new contacts between locals and newcomers (from 11:30 to 12:15, room 4), with the language as the guiding thread (linguistic vermouth of 13:30 to 14:30, room 4) or female empowerment (“From networking to netliving” from 15:45 to 16:30, room 4).
An event for families and full of animation
Barcelona International Welcome Day also wants to be a family event and that is why it has scheduled activities for children such as the “Tipi experience”, storytelling, face painting and a workshop of Chinese hats and mosaics.
During the day, there will be cultural activities and entertainment and Radio Equinox, French media in the city, will record a special program on the occasion of the event.
To know and enjoy the rest of the activities, check the program of Barcelona International Community Day 2019. Access is free and registration is required to get the ticket. Do not miss it!