Environmental Conservation Volunteering in Spain
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. Volunteers on the Environmental Conservation Volunteering in Spain project will gear up in a pair of waders and help a team of dedicated scientists and conservationists improve the water quality of the lake by caring for the wetlands that flank much of its shores and provide a home to various wetland animals.
València’s Albufera Natural Park is one of the most ecologically important areas in all of Spain. Its biodiversity and economic impact on the region are significant reasons to preserve this incredible collection of wetlands. It has been declared as a place of special protection by the European Union due to the wide range of wildlife; specifically water, wading, and migratory birds including several in danger of extinction. Albufera also supports intense agricultural (cultivation of rice), industrial, hunting, and touristic uses whose consequences have resulted in significant pollution and encroachment on the wildlife’s natural habitat.
The Environmental Conservation Volunteering in Spain project focuses on helping the local teams with their recovery plan and park management & maintenance activities. Natural “green” filters were planted to clean the water of Lake Albufera to help improve water quality and promote growth of aquatic plant and animal life. Your days will be spent either in the water or along the trails that run through the park. You’ll be tasked with clearing waterways, eradicating invasive plants, picking up rubbish, planting various plants to increase biodiversity, and assisting with research tasks performed by the local teams.
Room & Board
The Environmental Conservation Volunteering 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)||€210|
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
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.
Scheduled Start Dates
Start dates for the Environmental Conservation Volunteering in Spain project are as follows:
|January||12 & 26|
|February||9 & 23|
|March||8 & 22|
|April||5 & 26|
|May||10 & 24|
|June||7 & 21|
|July||5 & 19|
|September||6 & 20|
|October||4 & 18|
|November||1, 5, & 29|
Placements are not available for this project during the months of August & December.
Special Considerations | Environmental Conservation Volunteering in Spain
For special considerations regarding projects in Spain, please visit the Spain page.
Volunteers participating in the environmental conservation project must be fit and physically capable of working in an open environment.
This project requires volunteers to have at least a basic 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.