Volunteering in Spain
Spain is one of those incredible places that seems to have it all. The temperate climate allows locals and visitors to enjoy the natural wonders of the country year round. The food and drink is world class; did someone mention paella and tapas?!?! And the people are as laid back and friendly as anywhere you’ll find around the world. But, despite being one of the top three most visited countries in the world, Spain has been facing economic hardships for years. These characteristics make volunteering in Spain an exceptional choice. You’ll be experiencing one of the most culturally exciting countries in Europe (or anywhere for that matter) while helping to make a positive impact on Spanish society.
Fast Facts on Spain
Capital City: Madrid
- Madrid is located in the center of Spain
- Find your currency’s exchange rate here
Languages: Spanish is the official language
- Local languages such as València (in València) & Catalan (NE Spain – Barcelona) are spoken as well
Population (2016 census): 46.5 million
- Spain is the 30th most populous country in the world
Size: 195,360 square miles or 505,990 square kilometers
- About twice the size of the state of Wyoming, USA
2018 Global Peace Index Ranking: 30 out of 163 nations (High)
- For comparison: USA (121 – Medium), Canada (6 – Very High), United Kingdom (57 – High)
The NGO we work with in Spain is exceptionally welcoming and take great care in providing an incredible overall experience. Projects are located around the city of València with the exception of the Marine Conservation program, which is based in Denia Beach, about an hour south of the city. The NGO team provides our volunteers with not only top-notch projects, but also an extensive calendar of events to ensure even the most active of volunteers is never short of opportunities to explore Spanish culture!
All of the projects in Spain are based out of shared volunteer apartments in València and Denia Beach. These are a beautiful, fully-furnished flats with private rooms and shared bathrooms. Shared rooms are available at discounted rates for friends/family traveling together. The apartments are self-catering, so all meals are the responsibility of the volunteer and at their expense (not included in the project fee).
When an overwhelming majority of the world’s scientists agree that climate change is negatively affecting the planet, environmental conservation should be at the top of our “To Do” lists. And that’s exactly what this project is all about! València is home to a beautiful and incredibly important lake called Albufera. Volunteering in Spain on the environmental conservation project will have you gear up in a pair of waders and help a team of dedicated scientists and conservationists improve the water quality of the lake. You’ll do so by caring for the wetlands that flank much of its shores and provide a home to various wetland animals.
Think spending your days at the beach, scuba diving, snorkeling, monitoring aquatic animals, AND making a difference through volunteering sounds too good to be true? Well, it’s not! And you can experience all of that (and so much more) while volunteering in Spain on the marine conservation project in Denia Beach. You’ll also have the opportunity to support the wetland ecosystem in the region and the wetland turtles that inhabit it.
Despite being the third most visited country in the world, Spain has one of the highest unemployment and poverty rates in the European Union. Approximately 1 in every 3 children in Spain is at risk of poverty and social exclusion. These kids often have difficulty in school as they often fail to receive the attention they need at home from their families. Volunteers on this project provide much needed attention, socialization, and care that these children benefit from immensely. Want to change the world? This is exactly how you do it, by helping to develop the next generation and improving their future opportunities through compassion and education.
Community Development & Soup Kitchen
In addition to fighting a tense battle with unemployment and poverty, Spain has also been one of the most popular destinations for immigrants over the last couple decades. Many of these individuals and those with disabilities have suffered the most as a result of the Great Recession in Spain. The Community Development & Soup Kitchen project aims to change that. You’ll become a member of the community that the project takes place in and make a difference in the lives of some wonderful people.
|Project||2 weeks||3 weeks||Additional weeks (each)|
|Community Development & Soup Kitchen||€730||€935||€205|
Included: Airport arrival transport • Pre-departure information • In-country orientation, training and coordination • Private room in a shared, self-catering apartment • 24/7 emergency phone • Try dive with all materials and instructor (Marine Conservation project only)
NOT Included: Meals • Flights • Visas (if necessary) • Travel insurance • Local transport • Return airport transfer • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees
Reduced prices available for shared rooms if traveling with others. Prices subject to change.
All projects incur a $250 application fee. Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.
Volunteers participating in all projects in Spain have the opportunity to take add-on Spanish language lessons. Click the button below for more information.
Volunteers on the Marine Conservation project in Denia Beach can add a PADI Open Water Diver certification course to their project. Click the button below for more information.
The climate of Spain is Mediterranean and is characterized by mild winters and long, warm to hot summers. Located on the southeastern border, València experiences the following climate norms:
Winter Season: December to March
Summer Season: April to November
The weather in València is about as ideal as it gets throughout the year. With copious amounts of sunshine and less than 4 rainy days on average per month, you’re almost guaranteed perfect weather when you visit this beautiful coastal city.
Hottest Month: July | average highs of 91° F (33° C)
Coolest Month: August | average lows hovering around 66° F (19° C)
Special Considerations | Volunteering in Spain
When volunteering in Spain, travelers are all housed in self-catered apartments. Meals are not included in the cost of your placement. You will be responsible for cooking or buying your own food. Each apartment is well-equipped with most essential cooking tools and utensils.
Scheduled Start Dates
Placements in Spain are subject to specific start dates. See individual project pages for details.
Spain is part of the Schengen Area in Europe. In this area, transit between the Schengen countries occurs without border control. This means you can move from one country to another without passing through customs or passport check. While this is a very travel-friendly system, there’s a limit placed on visitors. Visitors to the Schengen Area can only stay in Schengen countries for a maximum of 90 days in a 6 month period. If you’re visiting Europe for a duration exceeding 3 months, you should familiarize yourself with this to avoid any issues with border control when exiting the Schengen Area. A Schengen Visa is available for long-term visitors.
Our NGO partner in Spain has partnered with a local language school in València to offer various activities nearly every day of the week. Salsa lessons, paella night, tapas dinners, beach volleyball, and much more!
All activities are optional as some/all may incur added costs to the volunteer. You can join in on the fun, do your own exploring, go swimming in the Mediterranean, or just relax at the volunteer apartment.
For additional information, please visit our Resources page.