Volunteering with Children in Spain

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.  Volunteering with children in Spain provides the 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, you’re improving their future opportunities through compassion and education.

Volunteering with Children in Spain

Volunteering with Children in Spain aims to break the cycle of hereditary poverty by providing access to quality educational opportunities.  You’ll be helping to shape the futures of kids in primary and high school by: helping with their homework, teaching them English, playing games and sports with them, and serving as a friend and role model.

This is an after-school program that typically runs Monday to Friday between 4-8 PM, leaving the mornings and early afternoons as a volunteer’s free time.  When the school year ends in late June, volunteers participating at this time are tasked with providing organizational and operational support for the summer school program that begins in early July.

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Room & Board

The volunteering with Children in Spain project is based out of shared volunteer apartments in València.  The apartments are self-catering, so all meals are the responsibility of the volunteer and at their expense (not included in the project fee).

  • Private room with shared bathroom (shared room available to volunteers traveling together)
  • Fully-furnished with a well-equipped kitchen and very good WiFi
  • Located near public transportation and various shops & restaurants
  • Close to the beach (Mediterranean Sea), football (soccer) stadium, museums, and other entertainment

Fees

As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

DurationCost
3 weeks€980
Additional Weeks (each)€195
Prices for projects in Spain are in Euros; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (www.xe.com).

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

NOT Included: Meals • Flights • Visas (if necessary) • Travel insurance • Local transport • Return airport transfer • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees

 

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Trip Add-ons

Volunteers participating in all projects in Spain have the opportunity to take add-on Spanish language lessons.  Click the button below for more information.

Spanish Lessons

Scheduled Start Dates

Start dates for the Working with Children project in 2018 are as follows:

Month2019 Dates2020 Dates
JanuaryN/A12 & 26
FebruaryN/A9 & 23
MarchN/A8 & 22
AprilN/A5 & 26
MayN/A20 & 24
JuneN/A21
JulyN/A12
AugustN/ANONE
SeptemberN/ANONE
October13 & 2718
November10 & 241, 5, & 29
DecemberNONENONE

Special Considerations | Volunteering with Children in Spain

Spain

For special considerations regarding projects in Spain, please visit the Spain page.

Criminal Record Check

GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children.  Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee).  U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.

The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.

Language Skills

This project requires volunteers to have at least an intermediate level of Spanish.  For individuals interested in improving their Spanish language skills, classes are available outside of volunteering hours.  Please see the Spanish Lessons page for details and pricing.

Photography

Due to legal restrictions, volunteers are prohibited from taking photographs of the center and the children in attendance.  This is strictly enforced and violators may be removed from the project without refund.

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