Being a volunteer for the Beach Cleaning Program in Spain, you'll get to make a significant contribution towards preserving the beach ecosystem and saving marine lives. Your main task would be cleaning the beaches by collecting the garbage on the beach and making a significant contribution towards nature, environment, and marine protection.
You'd also get to engage with the local people, spreading the knowledge of environmental conservation among them and educate them about the importance of clean beaches for future generations. This will be an incredible opportunity for you to work with professional conservationists who have been working here for a long time, and understand the condition in which our planet is thriving.
The main aim of this project is to improve the water quality of the sea by collecting all kinds of garbage from the beaches, to protect the ecosystems along the coasts, to preserve the spots for the surfers, to make people aware of the consequences of the beach and sea pollution to inform and to clear the beaches of rubbish, to keep them clean.
Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project and should be physically fit and prepared to work outdoors. Participants must have at least a basic knowledge of the Spanish/English language prior to joining the program. You need to commit at least 2 weeks to be a part of this program.
Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities
The main tasks of the volunteers are as follows:
- Cleaning the beach & depositing the garbage in different bags and containers, depending on the type of waste
- Check the water quality around the project site
- Encourage the tourists to not trash the beach
- Initiate beach pollution control drives
Volunteer Work Schedule
Volunteers start their working day usually at ten in the morning. You along with other volunteers will clean a section of the beach from rubbish and deposit it in different bags and containers, depending on the type of waste. We encourage you to bring your own gloves and bags. You will also take measurements, such as water quality, that will be useful in improving the beach goers' pollution control program. You work around 20 hours a week, usually in the mornings. Volunteers travel to the project location by metro and it costs around 10-15 Euros per week.
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The project site is in Bilbao, Spain. When you land in Bilbao, a member of our team will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign that says your name and will take you directly to your accommodation. The journey from the airport to the apartment takes around 30 minutes. If you would prefer to be taken by taxi from the airport to your accommodation by private taxi, this will cost an extra 30 euros..
The orientation program starts on Monday and lasts for around an hour. Here you will be explained what you can find where in the city, what cultural peculiarities are in connection with Spain and you will again get information about volunteering and the Spanish course. The Spanish course begins on the same day from 9:30 a.m. to 13:30 p.m. A member of the local team will take you to your project site.There you will get to know the project, the team around the project and your tasks during your work.
You'll be staying in a volunteer apartment, along with other volunteers. There are 5 volunteer apartments in the great neighborhoods and the locations are convenient - so you can easily access the public transport. The accommodations have all sorts of modern amenities - a working kitchen, bathrooms, and WiFi. You can find supermarkets and restaurants in the vicinity. The nearest cities, San Sebastian, Santander, or Vitoria, are only an hour's drive away and the beaches can be reached from the city center by subway in 30 minutes.
Meals are not included and participants can cook their own meals in the apartment or choose to eat at the numerous restaurants and cafes in the city. Kitchen at the apartments are fully equipped with utensils available.
During your Free Time
In Bilbao, there is an incredible amount to experience and discover! The cityscape of the actual capital of the Basque Country is shaped by skyscrapers in the center. The volunteer accommodations are located in the center and have very good connections to public transport. In close vicinity you can find restaurants and gyms and the beach can be reached in 30 minutes by metro.
Please Note: -An application fee of $199 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of £149 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of $259 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of €169 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)
What are you Paying for?
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
- Airport Pickup at Bilbao
- 2 Weeks Spanish Lessons (20 hrs per week)
- Accommodation in Volunteer Apartment
- Free leisure activities based on availability (salsa dance course, wine tastings, excursions)
- Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
- Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
What's NOT included?
- Visa and Vaccinations
- Return Airport Drop
- Local Public Transportation
- Any personal expenses
- Cost of daily transfer to project
FAQ's Application and Program Details
Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the program.
Intermediate level of Spanish for projects with children.
Mandatory swimming knowledge for Marine Conservation Project.
Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
The participant must be in good health.
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Flights and Visa
Health and Safety
If you already have a valid Travel and Medical insurance, you can email us a copy of the same. It is also advised to bring along the Insurance documents during your trip.
Connect with Past Volunteers
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer page on our website.
Accommodation and Living
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