One of the most beautiful countries in the world, Spain is popular among travelers for its great architecture, graceful flamenco dance, delicious food and gorgeous beaches. Volunteering Solutions offers conservation and community social welfare projects in Valencia and Bilbao where volunteers can help in Marine and Coast Conservation, Beach Cleaning Work or work with children from disadvantaged backgrounds. While volunteering in Spain, you will find welcoming people who are happy to meet international volunteers and learn more about the culture & history of the place. It will be a fun and challenging experience where you can get immersed in the Mediterranean culture, gain first hand work experience, learn new skills and meet new people. Volunteering in Spain is an ideal option for high school/ college students as well as for backpackers and gap year travelers.
So, what's stopping you from setting out for a Spanish holiday like never before?
- Start Dates : All Year Round
- Duration : 2-16 Weeks
- Program Locations : Bilbao & Valencia Region
- Minimum Age : 17 years+
- Certificate - Offered after Program completion
Spain - Quick Facts
Program: Working with Children
I was fortunate enough to travel abroad to Spain with my mother and sister. We spent 3 weeks in Valencia, Spain where we volunteered with children at risk of social exclusion. We spent our first week helping to coordinate a summer camp, plan activities and excursions, and organized our schedule for each day.During the next two weeks, we helped the kiddos with their homework, assisted with English-speaking skills, played games, and even made a trip to the local pool.Because our volunteering hours were Monday-Friday, we were able to travel to different parts of Spain on the weekends and afternoons. Overall I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to make an impact on children’s lives, while traveling abroad. The relationships we built there will be cherished for a lifetime. I cannot wait for our next trip!
Projects available in Spain
Participate in Marine Conservation Volunteering in Spain to take up conservation activities such as monitoring, reforestation and observing marine...
Being a volunteer for this program, you'll get to make a significant contribution towards preserving the beach ecosystem and saving marine lives. ...
The social project in downtown Valencia is designed to assist children from disadvantaged backgrounds, tutoring them in after school programs in a...
Weekends are free for the volunteers and you can go for short weekend trips. In Spain, you’ll see a magnitude of interesting sights. Visit the artistic Barcelona, the grandiose Royal Palace in Madrid, the imposing Catedral de la Almudena, the golden triangle of museums, Mezquita of Cordoba Ancient streets and many Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque monuments. Trust us, you will not get enough of the Spanish cities! You must also go to a football match which is a must when in Spain. While in Valencia itself there is a lot to do on the weekends or just relax on the beautiful beaches and get tanned!
L’Albufera – If you love food and nature then the Albufera Natural Park will be like heaven for you. The best news is that it is just a ten-kilometer ride from the city. It is famous for having the largest lake in Spain that is separated from the sea by a thin coastline. You can take a boat trip onto this lake and enjoy the beautiful sunset. L’Albufera is also the home of the Valencian paella and is surrounded by a diverse wildlife.
Sanguto – Sanguto is just 30 kilometers away from Valencia with its hilltop fortress and a history that stretches back approximately two thousand years. Its two main attractions are the Roman ruins and the Castle free and they both are free and involve a considerable amount of walking. You can easily reach Sanguto by car, bus or a train from Valencia.
Xàtiva – Want to visit a full-blown castle? Well, Xátiva happens to be just famous for it and steep slopes! It is actually less than an hour of a car/train ride from Valencia having its own personality and heritage. Apart from the castle, don’t miss the black cave of the marvelous Jardin del Beso gardens. Try to visit this place in the cooler months to spare yourself this town’s scorching temperatures.
Morella – Crowned by a hilltop castle, this medieval town is located in Castellon to the north of Valencia. Morella is known for being one of Spain’s most beautiful towns. Near to it are the caves of María La Vella which is also a world heritage site, where you can explore some prehistoric paintings. You can drive here directly for two hours, or take an indirect train or bus connection till here from Valencia.
Requena – Welcome to the center of cava and local wine! Drive through the countryside to get lost among vines or even stop for a quick tasting at the local wineries. Utiel Requena is this place’s local specialty and this red wine is made from Bobal grapes. And of course, don’t miss the town itself for its Fiesta de Vendimia in August because this is when they celebrate the end of their harvest and pray to God for plenty of rainfall next year.
If you have anything else in your bucket list or planning to go & explore any of the above-mentioned places, you can simply get in touch with our Travel Experts, who can guide you better in planning your weekend tours. Drop us a mail at [email protected] mentioning your choice of weekend adventures, and we shall cater your needs.
Volunteer in Spain - Faq's
FAQ's - Spain
FAQ's Application and Program Details
It is advised to apply for the projects once the volunteering/ traveling dates are decided as there are limited spots available. The application fee is valid for one full year and can be sent earlier than the desired year of volunteering for timely confirmation of the seat. As soon as you decide the travel dates, we suggest you apply for the program and hold your spot. We work on the basis of the first come first serve policy.
Usually, it takes around 10-12 working days for the application to be processed and placement to be confirmed. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and the booking confirmation is updated in your ‘My Account’ and you can view the information in your account. The application acceptance depends on the availability of seats in the project as well as the eligibility criteria of the program (Age, skills and experience etc.).
Below are the necessary requirements to participate in the Spain Volunteer Projects:
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.
Yes, you are welcome to take part in Spain Volunteer Programs as part of a group. We welcome families, friends, high school students, college/university and corporate groups to volunteer together in the Spain Programs.
Yes, most definitely you can as we believe every participant brings something new to the project. If you do not have previous experience, we offer you the opportunity to have a great start with us. We make international volunteering easy – not only are our Volunteer Abroad opportunities rooted in offering you extensive support, but they are also very affordable.
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
The Childcare programs are located in the quaint coastal city of Valencia. The Marine Conservation Project is located in the beautiful traditional town of Denia.
Valencia has one of the most beautiful and sunny coasts of Spain, with several kilometers of beaches to enjoy the sea in a warm climate and practice water sports, and that’s why it is also an important tourist destination.
Denia is at the heart of the Valencia Community, between the cities of Valencia and Alicante and less than 100 km from both international airports. Denia is very well communicated with other Spanish cities by bus and is also the closest city to Ibiza. It only takes a couple of hours to arrive at the amazing island by boat!
There are two project locations in Spain - Valencia, and Denia. Volunteers joining the project in Valencia (Childcare and Conservation) are picked from Valencia Airport (VLC). Volunteers joining the Marine and Conservation Project in Denia, are picked up from the Alicante Airport (ALC). Volunteers are picked up from the airport by the local coordinator or representative and taken to the respective accommodations. Volunteers should arrive a day prior to the starting date of their chosen program.
Volunteers usually work for 4 to 6 hours a day depending on their program. You will have weekends off, so you can travel on weekends. However, volunteers need to be flexible, open-minded and understand that work requirements can change as well on certain occasions.
Flights and Visa
Participants (most nationalities) require a Tourist Visa to travel to Spain. Volunteering Solutions strongly recommends all volunteers to apply and get a Tourist Visa before departing for Spain. Consult the Spanish Embassy in your country for more details. If needed, Volunteering Solutions can provide with written documents that would help volunteers in getting the Visa.
Spain’s Airport is very well connected with the rest of the world and majority of the airlines fly to Spain. Some of the recommended airlines that fly to Valencia are - British Airways, Ryanair, KLM, Lufthansa, Aeroflot, Easyjet etc.
Health and Safety
All participants are recommended to consult their physician or travel doctor before traveling to Spain.To view the general list of vaccinations recommended for your travel to Spain, click here.
Yes, for all participants, it is mandatory to have a valid travel medical insurance for their trip. Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider.
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.
Spain is one of the safest European countries to visit. Spain welcomes tourists and discerning travelers with open arms. To our volunteers, we recommend to go out and eat out after consulting their in-country coordinators. We also recommend that volunteers try to move out in a group and go for sightseeing together. You will be given safety precautions and instructions by the local coordinator team during the orientation as well as in your Pre-departure handbook after you become an enrolled participant.
Connect with Past Volunteers
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions Spain program participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer page on our website.
Accommodation and Living
Your program coordinator or a member of the local coordinating team will take you to your placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program, its surroundings and other facilities around the location. Both the program destinations are modern cities and have multiple options to commute from the project to the placement.Most preferred modes of transport are buses, taxis, and metro. The projects are located in Valencia and Denia.
Accommodation is provided from your start date to the end of the program. Accommodation will be according to the volunteer project you have selected. Projects which are located in the city usually offer accommodation in the city center in residences in a single room in a shared apartment. The accommodation is very comfortable with all the basic facilities. The rooms are well furnished and the apartment has a fully functional kitchen as well. Volunteers who wish to cook their own meals can do so. All the accommodation options are a great opportunity to interact with local and foreign people, learning about different cultures and making new friends from all around the world.
Yes, however, you must inform us in advance and also mention about any dietary requirement in your application form.
Depending on your project placement, you will get evenings and the weekends free, to travel and explore the places.In the evenings, volunteers usually get together and go out for social gatherings. Weekends are free for the volunteers and you can go for short weekend trips. In Spain, you’ll see a magnitude of interesting sights. Visit the artistic Barcelona, the grandiose Royal Palace in Madrid, the imposing Catedral de la Almudena, the golden triangle of museums, Mezquita of Cordoba Ancient streets and many Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic or Romanesque monuments. Trust us, you will not get enough of the Spanish cities!
Also, go for a football match which is a must when in Spain.
Your program fee does not cover your personal expenses. You will need to provide for yourself your personal expenses, such as bottled water, local transport, telephone, shopping, sightseeing etc. You also need to cover for meals, that aren’t included in the program. However, you should carry around Euros 75–80 per week for your basic personal expenses. This amount can vary and you would need a higher amount if you choose to go on weekend trips out of town.