Be a part of the Volunteering with Children program in Spain and spend some quality time with the adorable kids. You'll get to work with 50 underprivileged kids, providing them with ample support so that they can grow up to become independent individuals. Along with basic education, special attention should be given to English learning as well as social skills. Volunteering Solutions, in association with a local non-profit organization in Bilbao, is aiming to improve the quality of teaching so that children can have a better life in the future.
If you are someone who loves being with kids, this program would be a perfect choice for you. No prior teaching/childcare experience is required to join this program, all you need is compassion and empathy. Also, volunteers need to be proactive and creative, to keep the children engaged and encourage them to be a part of the activity-based learning process.
Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project. Participants should have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Volunteers need to be flexible, open-minded and have a passion for working with children. You should also be proactive and have the ability to take initiative All volunteers must provide a clean criminal background check report (certificate of sexual offenses) prior to joining the program and should have an intermediate level of Spanish.
Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities
The main tasks of the volunteers are as follows:
- Creating an activity-based learning environment for children
- Focus on teaching English and social skills
- Play games with the kids, tell them stories etc
- Organize all kinds of workshops, sports or cultural activities
- Assist the local team in any sort of managerial work, as and when needed
Volunteer Work Schedule
Participants begin the first two weeks with the Spanish course, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 13:30 p.m. After the Spanish course has ended you will continue to work on the project in the morning. The language course can also be optionally extended on a weekly basis. In the afternoon you will spend a lot of time with the children and young people in collaboration with the team. You will help with the organization of the lessons, plan and organize leisure, daytime activities and games, take care of the kids and teach them English. Most of the time the team will be there to support you in your tasks. In the evenings and at the weekend you have time for leisure activities and travel.
The local team also organizes some leisure activities for volunteers depending on the availability. Some examples of the activities are wine tastings, salsa courses, city visits and trips, as well as museum visits and other activities.
Your volunteering adventure in Spain will only get better with Volunteering Solutions. Like we keep saying, just pack your bags and arrive.
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
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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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