Conservation, Childcare, Marine and Community Development Volunteer Projects in Valencia and Denia, on the Spanish Coast

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Immerse yourself in Spanish culture and volunteer on a conservation, childcare, marine or community development project in the coastal cities of Valencia or Denia.

Volunteers can join the project for a minimum of 2 weeks and we have places available all year round.

Individuals, groups and families all welcome.

Cost for accommodation, volunteer placement, training, airport pickup & leisure activities starts from £830.

Volunteers with local children Conservation Project volunteers out in the wetlands Marine conservation volunteers prepare for a dive A volunteer exploring the coast Playing music with the community Volunteers making paella Volunteers at the community centre in Valencia View overlooking Valencia Local children taking part in a workshop organised by volunteers Conservation volunteers in Valencia Volunteers out on the river Childcare volunteers playing sports with the children Volunteers diving in Denia Volunteers painting a mural with local children Conservation volunteer holding a turtle Community event  in Valencia Volunteers in Valencia's main square Night time activities in Denia Volunteers can also take Spanish classes during their stay Childcare volunteer in Valencia

Volunteering in Spain

Valencia's main squareImmerse yourself in Spanish culture and join a conservation, childcare, marine & coastal or community development project in the coastal cities of Valencia or Denia. Volunteers in Spain can experience Spanish culture whilst making a difference by helping to conserve and improve local knowledge of the environment, minimising the environmental impact of tourism or getting involved in community development projects and working with children.

Volunteers can choose from one of four volunteer projects on the Eastern coast of Spain:

  • Coastal and Marine Conservation in Denia, near Alicante
  • Conservation Project in Valencia
  • Childcare Project in Valencia
  • Community Development Project in Valencia

Volunteer Diving in Denia

Coastal and Marine Conservation in Denia

This Conservation Project is located in Denia, a traditional fishing town 100 kilometres south of the city of Valencia. Dénia, currently an important tourist destination, has an amazing environment and biodiversity that includes two Natural Parks and a Marine Reserve. Valencia´s coast is one of the most beautiful and sunny of Spain, with many kilometres of beaches to enjoy the sea in a warm climate and practice water sports. Therefore, conservation in this part of the Valencian coast is especially important due to the touristic pressures threatening its biodiversity.

Volunteers participating in this project will learn new skills and contribute to minimise the environmental impact of their travel by getting involved in important conservation and research programs, and learning about traditional agriculture and crafts.

Conservation volunteers in DeniaVolunteers can discover the unique flora and fauna of the Montgo Natural Park with more than 650 different plant species; the Marine Reserve of Cape San Antonio, corals, Posidonia oceanica meadows and a wide range of wildlife. It’s also a unique place to see whales and dolphins from springtime to autumn (if you are very lucky!). Coastal & marine conservation volunteers will also experience the Pego Wetland Natural Park, where volunteers will find a great diversity of birds and endemic vegetation in one of the most amazing places in Spain.

With a castle from the 11th century, Denia is also full of history, music and traditional fiestas, like the Running the Bulls into the sea and the Moors and Christians celebration. Less than 100 km from both international airports (València and Alicante), is very well connected with other Spanish cities by bus, and is also the closest city to Ibiza.

Typical volunteer tasks include:

  • Coastal flora and fauna surveys and data collection
  • Working at the wetland to improve the ecosystems
  • Strengthening and regeneration of native flora in burned areas
  • Coastal and underwater cleaning
  • Detection and control of invasive alien species
  • Whale, dolphin and seabird monitoring (please note it is not guaranteed to see them due to variable weather conditions)
  • Learn to accurately identify the targeted species and help with logistical operations

This project runs from April to September each year


Conservation Project in Valencia

Volunteers on the Conservation Project in Valencia

This project offers volunteers who enjoy the outdoors the chance to take part in projects undertaken in the Valencia region aimed at the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems from degradation, the improvement of water resources, the prevention of forest fires, the reforestation of the land with native species and the conservation of natural habitats and species in danger of extinction.

Volunteers participating in this project will make a difference in conserving and improving knowledge about the environment and the Spanish natural heritage, helping promote land stewardship as a tool to project and conserve the region and its natural, cultural and landscape values, and minimizing the environmental impact of agriculture and tourism.

Conservation volunteer in ValenciaAlthough the Valencia region is better known for its extensive coastline, its inland areas are home to diverse ecosystems with unique flora and fauna in the Mediterranean. A landscape dotted with hills and mountains, rivers, forest, islands and wetlands, offering incredible contrasts, like the Albufera Natural Park, the River Turia Park and Sierra Calderona. During this project volunteers will experience different Spanish ecosystems and contribute in a practical way to the conservation of the Valencia Region environment.

Located at only 15 kilometers from the city, the Albufera Natural Park is one of the most important wetland areas of Spain and one of the most emblematic and important places of Valencia because of its biodiversity and great ecological interest. Home to a wide range of wildlife, especially water, wading and migratory birds, and also species in danger of extinction, is declared by the European Union as a place of Special protection. But  Albufera also supports intense agricultural (cultivation of rice), industrial, hunting and touristic uses whose consequences have been breaking the balance. The conservation work performed by the volunteers will assist local teams with the recovery plan and park management activities. 

Typical volunteer tasks include:

  • Working at the Albufera Natural Park and other wetlands to improve the quality of the water and ecosystems. 
  • Dune and beach conservation
  • Turtle monitoring
  • Restoring bird habitats and bird ringing
  • Flora and fauna surveys and data collection
  • Tree planting and forest fire prevention
  • Eradicating invasive vegetation and general park maintenance

This project runs from September to July each year


A Volunteer working with a group of children in Valencia

Childcare Project in Valencia (minimum stay 3 weeks)

This childcare volunteer project in Valencia is designed to assist children from disadvantaged backgrounds, tutoring them in after-school or summer-school programs. In Spain 1 in 3 children is at risk of poverty and social exclusion. Children have many difficulties at school and do not receive as much attention as they need from their parents and relatives.

The project aims to break the circle of hereditary poverty, guaranteeing their access to quality educational opportunities, encouraging the development of children and families skills to help them improve their processes of social inclusion and autonomy. Volunteers will help children between 7 and 12 years by supporting, playing and learning, and also contribute to helping create a support network for marginal neighborhoods.

Typical volunteer tasks include:

  • Helping primary and high school students with their homework
  • Teaching English
  • Playing games with the children
  • Organising workshops, sports or cultural activities
  • Serving as positive role models and mentors for the children

This project runs from October to July each year


Community Development & Soup Kitchen Project in Valencia

Community development volunteers in Valencia

At this project volunteers will be involved in a social integration project in a suburb in Valencia, aimed at the promotion of equal opportunities and local development in disadvantaged communities, generating opportunities in social, cultural and employment fields, encouraging social integration of immigrants and multiculturalism. The neighborhood where the project is located is one of the oldest and charming of the city, with lots of nice bars, restaurants and shops.

Full of local and foreign students due it's proximity to the University Campus, the neighborhood is also one of the most multicultural in Valencia. Volunteers will work in a Soup kitchen for people without resources or in risk of social exclusion.The Soup Kitchen project provides international volunteers the opportunity to interact with people of all ages and families without economic resources, people with difficulty to manage themselves or in need of socialising. Around 50 people attend the center for a daily meal and a personal support to help them towards a possible improvement of their situation. The work is often quite mixed and requires, flexibility, a positive attitude, initiative and interaction with different groups of people.

Community Development Project

Typical volunteer tasks include:

  • Receiving and assisting the local residents who use the community centre
  • Serving the meals and clean up of facilities
  • Collecting food from local providers, assisting with sorting and storage
  • Helping the staff members and other Spanish volunteers with any other assistance needed

This project runs all year round

Dates and Costs

Turtle volunteers in Spain

Below are the available starting dates for each location. You can volunteer in Spain for a minimum of 2 weeks (or 3 weeks on the childcare project), with no maximum stay. Please also note that the childcare project is only available from October to the end of July each year.

We can also accept families with children & large groups for this project, and you may be eligible for discounted rates, please email us if you are interested. To find out more about family volunteering click here.

Start Dates for Conservation, Childcare & Community projects in Valencia:

8th May to 20th May 2017
22nd May to 3rd June 2017
5th June to 17th June 2017
26th June to 8th July 2017
10th July to 22nd July 2017
24th July to 5th August 2017
7th August to 19th August 2017
21st August to 2nd September 2017
4th September to 16th September 2017
18th September to 30th September 2017
16th October to 28th October 2017
30th October to 11th November 2017
13th November to 25th November 2017
27th November to 9th December 2017

Start Dates for Coastal & Marine conservation in Denia:

8th May to 20th May 2017
22nd May to 3rd June 2017
5th June to 17th June 2017
26th June to 8th July 2017
10th July to 22nd July 2017
24th July to 5th August 2017
7th August to 19th August 2017
21st August to 2nd September 2017
4th September to 16th September 2017

Conservation volunteers in Valencia

Please note, the above dates represent when you would start volunteering. You should aim to arrive the Sunday before your start date for your airport pickup. The last day of your project would be a Saturday, though extra nights stay can be arranged at extra cost. 

Please also note that the childcare project in Valencia is not available during the school holidays throughout the months of August & September

Costs

The cost to volunteer in Valencia on a Conservation, Childcare or Community project for 2 weeks is £830, with each extra week costing £185. The cost to volunteer on the Coastal & Marine conservation project in Denia for 2 weeks is £930, with each extra week costing £220.

The above costs include your volunteer placement, accommodation in a single room in a fully equipped shared local apartment (from the Sunday before your project start date until check out on a following Saturday), airport pickup on arrival, pre-departure advice & information, orientation & training, city tour & leisure activities, participation certificate, coordination & support and access to a 24 hour emergency phone.

Optional extras include; Spanish lessons (20 lessons per week, costs £170 per week), Open Water PADI diving qualification (Denia location only - costs £320), and alternative accommodation either in a shared double room in the apartments (if you are traveling with a friend/partner) or in a homestay with a local family & 2 meals per day provided (please ask for details - aaron@workingabroad.com).

What's not included are your flights to and from Spain, travel insurance, meals, visa (if required), police check (if required), local transportation (you can expect to spend around 15 Euros per week on public transport), or return airport transfer (though we can arrange this if you would like, at an extra cost).

Accommodation, Travel and Requirements

Shared volunteer apartment in Valencia

Living in a single room in a shared apartment is the standard accommodation for volunteers, and gives participants the chance to live with other students and volunteers from other countries. Each apartment has three or four bedrooms and one or two bathrooms which are shared with other participants. All apartments have fully equipped kitchens, a lounge with TV, internet access, a washing machine and an iron. The apartments are located close  to the city centre, no more than 20 minutes away by public transport. There is also the option to live in a homestay with a local family, with half board provided. If you have any questions about accommodation please email us.

Requirements

Diving volunteers in Denia

Volunteers joining the Conservation Projects must be 18 years or older and should be fit and physically prepared to work in open environments, and also able to swim. A basic level of Spanish is also recommended. Volunteers should also be flexible, self-motivated, and willing to work in often hot outdoor conditions. Due to the weather conditions & project schedule the activities may vary from week to week, but will be a combination of the listed activities in the Project section.

Volunteers joining the Community Development and Working with Children Programmes must also be 18 years or older and be dynamic, active and resolute as well as having an open mind. An intermediate level of Spanish is required for these projects. Volunteers who are working with children must also provide us with a police background check from their home country showing that they have a clean police record.

N.B. You can still join this project if you have no Spanish to begin with - we can arrange a Spanish course for you before you start your volunteering.

Travel Information

The coast of Denia, Spain

The airports at Valencia and Alicante handle both national and international flights. Several airlines including British Airways, Air Europa, Ryanair, Iberia Air, Air France, Spainair land here. Upon arrival volunteers will be picked up in the arrivals hall and driven directly to their accommodation. If the arrival is at the bus or train station, our driver will wait at the main entrance.

Volunteers from European Union, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland do not require a visa to enter nor to live in Spain. An identity card or passport will be necessary. Volunteers from USA, Canada, Brazil, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and Australia do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days although they do require a visa for longer stays.

Local festival in ValenciaAbout Valencia & Denia

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and long hot summers. Known for its extensive coastline, Valencia is home to diverse ecosystems with unique flora and fauna. A land of contrasts, it is dotted with rivers, forests, hills, mountains, islands and wetlands. The Albufera Natural Park is one of the most emblematic places in Valencia due to its biodiversity and ecological interest. Declared a place of Special Protection by the European Union the park is home to a wide range of wildlife, specifically water, wading and migratory birds. At the heart of the Valencia community and just a short distance from Alicante and Ibiza, is Denia, with stretches of beach and its warm climate, it is a popular tourist destination.

Read more at: www.visitvalencia.com/en/home

Typical schedule for volunteers at the projects

Community development volunteers in ValenciaConservation Projects
Volunteers will work from Monday to Friday in the morning, approximately between 8am -1pm, and depending on the weather conditions, needs of the projects & schedule, work during the week will combine several activities as stated in the list of projects. The rest of the day volunteers will have time to relax, go to the beach, join our cultural activities, explore the city, practice sports and go for tapas. Occasionally volunteers are expected to work half days on Saturdays or Sundays, but normally weekends are free to explore the beautiful surrounding area or to travel to other cities like Madrid, Barcelona or Granada. 

Childcare Projects
Volunteers will work according to the school week, Monday through Friday after the kids classes, between 4pm-8pm. At the end of June the official classes end, and volunteers joining in this period will help organise and support the summer school for children in July, between 9am-3pm. The rest of the day volunteers will have time to relax, go to the beach, join our cultural activities, explore the city, practice sports at the Valencia River Park and go for tapas.

Project Background
Within each location, volunteers are placed with local environmental or community non-profit NGOs, with whom we have developed volunteer programmes, which cater to the specific challenges that they face, whilst benefitting the communities they serve in. 

The coast of Valencia

How to Apply

If you are interested in volunteering in Spain as a conservation, childcare or community volunteer, you will need to fill out the online application form (you can also print it out and send it to us by post) – to secure a placement on the project, please complete and submit the form including two references and your application payment of £180. If for some reason, your application is not accepted, we would reimburse this payment fully. However for those who are accepted, the full amount needs to be paid two months before departure. Once you have been accepted, you will receive a Volunteer Information Package with all detailed information on your project, suggested items to bring etc.

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