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 field Marine conservation volunteers prepare for a dive A volunteer exploring the coast Playing music with the community Volunteers making paella Teaching English to the community 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 Community development volunteers painting a mural Conservation volunteer holding a turtle Community project in Valencia Volunteers in Valencia's main square Night time activities in Denia Volunteers can also take Spanish classes 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

Coastal and Marine Conservation in Denia

Volunteer Diving in DeniaCoastal & Marine conservation volunteers in Spain will have the opportunity to discover the beautiful flora and fauna in the Montgo Natural Park, the Marine Reserve of Cape San Antonio and the Pego Wetland. 

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. But the consequences of its popularity are not always good for the environment. Volunteers in Spain can learn new skills whilst helping to minimise the environmental impact of tourism and get involved with coastal conservation and research projects. 

Typical volunteer tasks include:

  • Coastal flora and fauna surveys and data collection
  • Working at the wetland to improve the ecosystems
  • Turtle monitoring
  • Coastal and underwater cleaning
  • Reforestation and forest fire prevention
  • Whale, dolphin and seabird monitoring
  • Learn to accurately identify the target species and help with logistical operations
     

Conservation Project in Valencia

Volunteers on the Conservation Project in Valencia

Known for its extensive coastline, Valencia is home to many diverse ecosystems with varied flora and fauna. A land of contrasts, it is dotted with rivers, forests, hills, mountains, islands and wetlands. The project aims to protect the region's biodiversity and ecosystems from degradation, improve water resources, prevent forest fires, reforest the land with native species and conserve natural habitats and species in danger of extinction. Volunteers will contribute in a practical way and make a difference in conserving and improving knowledge about the environment. 

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. Despite its ecological importance it also supports agriculture, industry, hunting and tourism, which can threaten the parks natural balance. 

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
     

A Volunteer working with a group of children in Valencia

Childcare Project in Valencia

Located in Valencia, this project is designed to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds, tutoring them in after-school lessons. Many of these children face difficulties when attending school and they receive little or no support from parents and relatives. Volunteers in Spain will help supporting a playing and learning area for children at risk of social exclusion, and also contribute to create helping network for marginal neighbourhoods.

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 role models and mentors
     

Community Development Project

Community Development Project in Valencia

Volunteers in Spain have the opportunity to get involved with a social integration project in Valencia. The project aims to promote equal opportunities and local development in disadvantaged communities, generate opportunities in social, cultural and employment fields and encourage social integration of immigrants. Volunteers will gain an understanding of different Spanish cultures, a better understanding of the country and its people and learn about coexistence and mutual understanding. 

Teaching volunteer in Spain

Typical volunteer tasks include:

  • Teaching English or other languages to adults and young people
  • Volunteering in community soup kitchens
  • Assisting and guiding people in basic use of computer tools, internet, email, etc.
  • Helping with social awareness projects in schools
  • Organising multicultural activities in the neighbourhood
     

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:

6th February to 18th February 2017
20th February to 4th March 2017
6th March to 18th March 2017
20th March to 1st April 2017
3rd April to 15th April 2017
24th April to 6th May 2017
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:

3rd April to 15th April 2017
24th April to 6th May 2017
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 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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