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 in Spain project partnered with a Soup Kitchen with the goal 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.
Community Development in Spain
The Community Development & Soup Kitchen project gives volunteers the opportunity to interact with people of all ages from various cultural backgrounds, families without economic resources, and individuals that have trouble caring for themselves. By bringing these people together with volunteers, a sense of community and social inclusion is instilled upon the group.
The center is located in one of the oldest and most charming neighborhoods of València. It is also one of the most multicultural areas of the city. Volunteers will be involved in most all of the activities required to run the center including: receiving and assisting users of the center, serving meals, clean-up, collecting and organizing food from local suppliers, and assisting the local staff & Spanish volunteers as necessary. About 50 people per day attend the meal service and receive personalized support to help them work towards improving their own personal situations. The support work can vary significantly, so initiative and compassion are necessary while working with individuals from very different backgrounds.
Room & Board
The Community Development 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
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.
|Additional Weeks (each)||€195|
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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Volunteers participating in all projects in Spain have the opportunity to take add-on Spanish language lessons. Click the button below for more information.
Scheduled Start Dates
Start dates for the Community Development & Soup Kitchen project in 2018 are as follows:
|Month||2019 Dates||2020 Dates|
|January||13 & 27||12 & 26|
|February||10 & 24||9 & 23|
|March||10 & 24||8 & 22|
|April||7||5 & 26|
|May||5 & 19||20 & 24|
|June||2, 16, & 30||7 & 21|
|July||14 & 28||5 & 19|
|August||4 & 18||NONE|
|September||1, 15, & 29||6 & 20|
|October||13 & 27||4 & 18|
|November||10 & 24||1, 5, & 29|
Special Considerations | Community Development in Spain
For special considerations regarding projects in Spain, please visit the Spain page.
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.
Due to legal restrictions, volunteers are prohibited from taking photographs of the center and the community members in attendance. This is strictly enforced and violators may be removed from the project without refund.