Volunteer in Spain

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Volunteering Abroad in Spain

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66 Volunteer Abroad Programs in Spain

GoEco - Volunteer Abroad in Spain

Engage in an intercultural volunteer abroad experience in Spain with GoEco. GoEco provides projects in Conservation as well as Education and Development in Valencia. The programs are open to participants of any nationality who are at least 18 years old, with a good level of English, and good physical fitness.

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Volunteer in Barcelona with Connect-123!

Explore Spain while volunteering in Barcelona with Connect-123! Their network of local non-profits, hospitals and schools has a range of activities that could benefit from your assistance. Projects are available in different areas such as education, economic development, community service and more! Improve your Spanish and experience this vibrant culture, all while giving back to the community!

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Tutor or Work Abroad in Spain with GeoVisions

Work with children in Spain as an au pair, a tutor, or as a guest of a local family with GeoVisions. All volunteer programs place participants with a family, whose members provide accommodations and full board. Au pairs may be required to help in babysitting and household duties in exchange for a weekly stipend. Volunteers must be native English speakers from the United States, Australia, Canad...

Whale & Dolphin Conservation in Tenerife, Spain

Frontier’s Tenerife Whale and Dolphin Conservation project offers volunteers the chance to spot and study whale and dolphin populations in the wild. This project is suitable for beginners or those looking to work in marine conservation, and is available from one week to six months.

Volunteers in a Conservation Placement in Spain
Volunteering Solutions

With programs situated in the historical city of Valencia, students will have the chance to experience the Spanish culture in addition to partaking in volunteering placements developed by Volunteering Solutions. Volunteers can engage in social welfare projects aimed at teaching and caring for children, or become involved in a marine conservation project.

The Intern Group

Learn Spanish and volunteer in Spain with The Intern Group. Placement is available in Madrid. Program fees include meals, accommodation, and excursions. The program is open to worldwide participants.

International Volunteer HQ

As an IVHQ volunteer on the Renovation project in Spain you will support a variety of NGOs and community centers, these centers are often run down and under funded. Volunteers aim to create more vibrant and bright spaces that will appeal to the individuals who attend these centers for support. Tasks can include cleaning, gardening, refurbishment, constructing playgrounds and painting. Volunteer...

Europe Tour

Berlin  Amsterdam  London  Prague and more... Don't travel alone, join our fun group every July and August to explore Europe with our UK leader. Gapforce Europe is the quality way to experience Europe in 25 days. We use trains to speed us safely and comfortably between cities so you have the maximum time exploring. We are based in London  so will ensure you see all that's new in Eu...

Twin Work & Volunteer

Learn how to speak Spanish while living among native speakers in Spain through Twin Work & Volunteer. All placements are located in the city of Barcelona. All volunteer programs include meals and accommodation for participants.

Atlantis Project Hospital Fellowships

The Atlantis Project is a competitive hospital shadowing program in Europe for pre-med and pre-health undergraduate students. Admitted students, called "Fellows," will be placed in a public European hospital and will follow and observe doctors in different specialties for 20+ hours/week. The program is for 1-10 weeks during winter, spring, or summer break periods. The Atlantis Project Fellows...

Cultural Homestay International

Improve your Spanish by volunteering abroad in Spain with Cultural Homestay International. Homestay placements are offered in the cities of Madrid and Valencia. All volunteers are provided with food and accommodation with a local family, who they provide language lessons for.

Instituto Hemingway Volunteer Programs in Spain

Get a total Spanish immersion experience with Intituto Hemingway. Help reintegrating people into society while you learn Spanish outside the classroom, meet new people, and more. Enjoy cooking Spanish cuisines, touring the rainforest, surfing, and other activities through out the program.

Exchange English for Free Accommodation with a local Host

Culture Go Go is an online community of hosts across Spain and Latin America who are looking to welcome native English speakers into their home. This is ideal for independent and adventurous individuals who want to travel on a very low budget. Get involved in local culture and life while teaching English through general conversations to host families and gain real life skills at the same time. ...

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Volunteering Abroad in Spain

As a country with four official languages, small plates with big flavors (tapas), and one of the greatest hikes ever known (the Camino de Santiago), it is no surprise that Spain is a top destination for those interested in meaningful travel. But beyond this Iberian Peninsula’s efficient and affordable system of trains, planes, and automobiles lies needs deeper than tourism’s reach. There are many volunteer projects in Spain that give visitors the opportunity to make a difference in areas like human rights, education, and conservation and leave a lasting impact on the Spanish people.

Locations

Spanish cities both big and small offer quality volunteer placements that can, and will, make a difference in local communities. Each city in Spain has a unique landscape and cultural identity, making it extra intriguing to get lost, talk to the locals about what they’re most proud of, and uncover what each city’s unique characteristics are. Here are just a few of the top locations for volunteering in Spain:

Valencia is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea as well as some incredible protected forests. This environment makes it especially suitable for volunteer projects revolving around conservation and ecology. During time off, volunteers can go for hikes, explore Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias, or enjoy the famous Valencian paella!

Barcelona is a city that never sleep, so there are plenty of activities to take advantage of day or night! Gaudi’s architecture is speckled throughout the neighborhoods and up to the hills of Park Guell. During the day, the city’s beaches are full of volleyball players, sunbathers, and sailors, while at night, the beach lights up with dance clubs that explode out into the sand. The best musicians in the world flock to Barcelona’s summer music festivals showcasing genres from electronic to indie rock to jazz and more!

Tenerife. Located in the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a big change from continental Spain. The island life moves at a much slower pace, and the city has a small town feel to it. Volunteers should expect to fall in love with the sea breeze, whale watching, and hikes scattered around the island. 

Segovia is located in central Spain and is lucky enough to have the famous trail El Camino de Santiago pass through it. If volunteers are down for a walk around town, they can even follow this route for a few miles and have a truly existential experience! The Roman ruins and Segovia Cathedral are two of the many stunning architectural wonders volunteers can explore in this quaint Spanish city.

Volunteer Programs in Spain

Spain is a great destination for volunteering abroad because of its affordability, diverse landscape, and multitude of volunteer opportunities. Education placements can be found in just about any city, while volunteer projects related to conservation are found mostly in the coastal areas of the country.

Conservation. Spain has a large amounts of protected natural areas, both on land and at sea. Some popular conservation volunteer projects in Spain include restoring habitats through planting trees, maintaining walking trails, and helping to eradicate invasive plants. Near the sea, volunteers have the chance to collect behavioral and environmental data about whales, turtles, and other sea creatures.

Education. Teaching English to children or adults is a common volunteer opportunity available in most cities in Spain. The economic crisis hit Spain hard, and many Spaniards are interested in improving their English skills to increase job prospects. Other education-related volunteer program options in Spain include after school tutoring programs for disadvantaged youth, working in childcare, and giving community talks about general public health issues.

Human Rights. In large cities, like Barcelona, volunteers can make a huge difference with underserved populations by helping support refugee communities and victims of sex trafficking. Volunteering in Spain in the realm of human rights often focus on providing educational support for disadvantaged populations and community outreach in needy communities. An intermediate level of Spanish is preferred for this type of volunteer placement in Spain.

Volunteer programs in Spain vary in length from one week to six months. Keep in mind that many projects related to education or human rights prefer that volunteers commit to a longer period of time, in order to build relationships and optimize community impact. Spanish is not necessary for most volunteer placements in Spain, but is preferred for those placements with a higher need for community outreach directly with locals.

Costs & Affordability

Spain is one of the most affordable countries in Europe, but costs of volunteering in Spain can still add up quickly. Many volunteer programs in Spain have everything from housing to food to airport pickup and drop off included in program costs that can add up to $1000 to $1500 for a two week program. However, keep in mind that inner city transportation is almost never covered by program costs, so if you have to commute from your housing to your project site it will most likely be on your own dime!

In Spain, a coffee will run you $1, a city bus/metro ticket is $2 one way, and a three course lunch is about $12. As in most places, costs are more expensive in large cities, like Barcelona or Madrid, and less in smaller, less touristy cities, like Segovia and Malaga.

Accommodation & Visas

Volunteer programs in Spain typically include lodging in a shared apartment or dormitory with other volunteers. However, some programs offer opportunities to teach English to a local family through homestay accommodation. Expect communal areas, like kitchens and bathrooms, to be much smaller than you’re used to in Spain. It is also very rare to have a clothes dryer in Spain, so be ready to line dry!

No visa is needed for volunteers that plan to stay for less than 90 days. For volunteers interested in volunteering in Spain for more than three months, be sure to consult your volunteer program provider for the most up-to-date visa requirements. You can also visit GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory for more information on visas.

Benefits & Challenges

Volunteer programs in Spain are easy to come by, but make sure to do your research on each placement to make sure it is making a positive impact on the community the project is serving. 

Spain has been struggling quite a bit since the economic crisis, and the unemployment rate is still over 20 percent. Therefore, the need for volunteers is high, especially in education, social welfare, and human rights programs. Despite the economic hardships the country has had, the streets of cities and small towns are still alive every day and night with festivals, people chatting at restaurant patios, and street art. There is a lot to enjoy in España and at very affordable prices.

Spain has many unique cultures and four unique languages nestled into one small country. Talk to locals about their region, their food, what they're proud of, and what makes them different from the rest of the country, you’ll be intrigued by all that you learn!

There is a lot more to Spain than running with the bulls, sangria, and flamenco dancing. Each region has its own culturally rich traditions, and as a volunteer in Spain, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the vida español! 

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