About the Conservation Volunteer Project
Immerse yourself in Spanish culture and join a conservation 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 mass tourism.
Volunteers can choose from one of two volunteer projects on the Eastern coast of Spain:
- Coastal and Marine Conservation in Denia, near Alicante
- Conservation Project in Valencia
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 in 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.
Volunteers 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
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.
Although 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