Volunteer Abroad in Valencia

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A Guide to Volunteering Abroad in Valencia

The beach city of Valencia sparkles like a firecracker during their yearly festival; the locals are busy creating enormous flammable statues and lighting them on fire during all-night parties. If you are looking to volunteer in Valencia, don’t be fooled by the wild festival though – the rest of the year, the city is a vibrant picture of Spain’s unique combination of deep-running family connections and the laid-back attitude of the coast. International volunteers find meaningful projects and unforgettable new friends when they choose sunny Valencia as their volunteering destination.

Life in Valencia for Volunteers

You may choose to spend your time as a volunteer in Valencia in a homestay, getting to know a local family and sharing your own culture as well. Homestays are an insider’s view of the home life of a city, and Valencia is no different; staying in a homestay might help you dig into some amazing Valencian paella, and is a great opportunity to learn where to get the best seafood and freshest fruit. The culture is warmly hospitable, so you’re likely to enjoy sharing space. However, private accommodations are also available to make your stay while volunteering in Valencia a pleasant one.

Valencia is in a temperate zone, but be warned that many Spanish workers take the month of August off and come to the coast — watch for crowded beaches of sunbathers! Even if you have already learned Spanish, be open to learning more dialectical aspects and slang words as you get to know those with whom you are volunteering. Lastly, many residents of the big city will also have a “village” on the outskirts or farther. It’s a real treat is to be invited for Sunday lunch in the countryside, where life moves slower and meals can take hours and be filled with conversation.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

Valencia, like other cities in modern Spain, still observes a break in the middle of the afternoon for lunch and siesta, the famous post-lunch snooze time. You might grow to love it during the hot summer months! 

Valencian residents speak Spanish, but if you hear another language among the locals, it could be Valenciano, a local language with roots that connect it to other Latin-based languages in the area. Linguistic diversity shouldn’t daunt you – those who speak Valenciano, especially in the city itself, are almost always bilingual.

Keep an eye out for Moorish architecture and design while volunteering in Valencia; there was a time when Arabic influences in the Iberian peninsula resulted in a fascinating melding of design and food, which continues in the traditions of the coastal and Southern regions of Spain till modern day. The summers can be a little warm, but the locals know how to survive: plenty of gelato, shaded avenues in the many parks, and trips to the beach for a dip in the waves!

Valencia is just the place if you want to have an impact on environment, language learners, and many other groups represented in this breezy Spanish city. Volunteering in Valencia might be your first bite of the Iberian Peninsula, but it certainly won’t be your last.

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