Volunteer in Spain with Volunteering Solutions, a trusted international placement organization, offers conservation and community social welfare projects in the Valencia Region of Spain where volunteers can help in Marine Conservation or work with children from disadvantaged backgrounds, living in that part of the country.
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.
While volunteering in Valencia, you will find welcoming people who are happy to meet international volunteers. It will be a fun and challenging experience where you can get immersed in the Mediterranean culture, learn new skills and meet new people.
The area is very well linked to other main European capitals by air, train, and road. While volunteering in the Valencia region, volunteers also get a chance to explore things in & around Spain and visit traditional Spanish towns like Denia where the projects are also located.
Volunteering in Spain is an ideal option for high school/ college students as well as for backpackers and gap year travelers.
The social project in downtown Valencia is designed to assist children from disadvantaged backgrounds, tutoring them in after school programs in a community center.Childr
Valencia's coast is one of the most beautiful parts of Spain. It is lined with many kilometers of beaches where tourists from around the world enjoy the sunny weathe....
Although Spain is considered as a developed European country, where people mostly live a decent life and tourism is growing at a large scale, there are still certain sections of people in the suburban areas and outskirts of main cities, where a little help from the volunteers are needed. While the growth of tourism is highly beneficial for the economy, it has some negative impact on nature and thus, participants joining the projects in Spain will get to spend some quality time amidst nature and make some effective contribution. Also, those who love to be around kids, can work in the children projects in and around Valencia.
There are 3 projects available in the Valencia Region of Spain, which include Childcare in Social Welfare Program, two types of Conservation Programs (land and marine and coast). The minimum duration to be a part of any project is 2 weeks to a maximum of 12 weeks. Although there's no fixed time to apply for the projects, we would suggest you to apply as soon as you decide to volunteer. You must apply at least 45 days before traveling abroad to join your project. The procedure to apply is very simple. You simply have to create an account, and then Login to your 'My Account' to update the details as required and pay your Program Fee.
Projects in Spain are available in different months throughout the year. The marine and coast conservation project is available from April to September and the Children Project is availabe for all months except Aug and September. The Conservation Project in Valencia is available throughout the year. The minimum duration is 2 weeks and the maximum is 12 weeks and participants can choose the duration as per their convenience.
Volunteers joining the projects in Valencia can take a direct flight to Valencia International Airport, which is very well connected with the rest of the world. Some of the recommended airlines that fly to Valencia are - British Airways, Ryanair, KLM, Lufthansa, Aeroflot, Easyjet etc. Participants joining the marine and coast project can arrive directly to Alicante airport.
All participants need to have the appropriate Spain visa before travelling to Spain.
Once you arrive at the Airport, you shall be greeted by our Local Coordinator, who'll be there to receive you. You'll be taken to the accommodation where you can take rest after a long flight.
Valencia experiences Mediterranean climate and the weather is always good (average annual temperature is 17ºC with an average of 7 hours of sunlight a day). The months of December and January experiences winter, when the temperature drops to 6 - 7ºC. July and August are warm at about 25°C.
Spain is one of the safest European countries to visit. Spain welcomes everyone with open arms. You will be given safety precautions and instructions by the local coordinator team during the orientation as well as in your Pre-departure guidebook after you become an enrolled participant. It is advisable not to go out alone at night, and if you wish to party, then make sure you seek permission from the coordinator and you are accompanied by your peers. Also, keep your important documents safety at your stay, and don’t roam around with them whenever you are traveling in the country.
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.
We recommend our volunteers to consult their doctors before setting out for a volunteering trip. We generally suggest our volunteers to take the Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus vaccines. You must also carry your regular medicines along with you, in case you need them.
Volunteers usually work at the project site on the weekdays (Monday to Friday) for a duration of 5 - 6 hours daily. (This timing may vary, depending on the intensity of work) Volunteers working with kids can make a day-to-day plan and set a goal, that would fetch a more sustainable outcome. Apart from teaching and playing, volunteers often engage themselves in renovating the centers, making them more vibrant and attractive.
Volunteers joining the Conservation project will be assigned different works, and the duration may vary depending on what work they are doing. You'll be given a detailed information regarding your work in your Pre-Departure Booklet. In case you need any assistance, don't hesitate to seek help from the coordinator.
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 for a football match which is a must when in Spain. While in Valencia itself there is lot to do on the weekends or just relax on the beautiful beaches.
Volunteering Solutions Spain program team comprises of fully dedicated and enthusiastic team members who are committed to make your stay a memorable one. The local team will arrange your airport pickup, orientation, project introduction and your stay. The team members are available always in case of any assistance required and remain in regular touch with the volunteers to make sure they have a great time in Spain.
Your volunteering adventure in Spain will only get better with Volunteering Solutions. Like we keep saying, just pack your bags and arrive. From accommodation to meals and then your volunteer work as well as city travel, we ease everything out for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, the entire volunteering experience is as much about volunteering on your project, as it is about the cross-cultural exchange and community building. A lot of that happens through the accommodation that we have set up, where one can enjoy by being with like-minded people. Additionally, for safety reasons, all volunteers must live in the allotted accommodation.
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.