Spain - Conservation Projects in the Valencia Region
Travel to Valencia, Spain, and immerse yourself in the diverse ecosystems of the region. Work on a variety of conservation projects outside the city preserving the environment and protecting wildlife.
|Location of Project||Valencia, Spain|
|Project Length||Min 2 weeks - Max 12 weeks|
|Arrival Airport||VLC - Valencia Airport|
|Volunteer Work||Conservation work in nature reserves|
|Number of Participants||Between 6 and 8 international volunteers|
|Age||18 - 100|
|Accommodation||Private room in shared apartment|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Airport pick-up on arrival day|
|Travel Insurance||Comprehensive travel & health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage|
|Orientation||Welcome pack and first day introduction tour|
|Pre-Departure Kit||Full project details will be sent following registration|
What's Not Included
Although the Valencia region is better known for its extensive coastline, its inland areas are home to diverse ecosystems with unique flora and fauna that thrive in the Mediterranean. The fantastic landscape is dotted with hills and mountains, rivers, forests, islands, and wetlands, offering incredible contrasts. Explore the wonder of the Sierra Calderona, Sierra de Mariola, the Montgó Natural Park or the Sierra of Espadán.
Sierra de Espadán
About the Project
This program has two options, each accommodating between 6-8 volunteers at any given time. The first is at the Albufera National Park close to the city while the other placements take place at a variety of nature reserves further inland.
Conservation project in the Albufera Natural Park
Located at only 15 kilometers from downtown Valencia, the Albufera Natural Park, one of Spain's most important wetlands, also exists as one of the most emblematic locations in Valencia due to its biodiversity and great ecological interest. Home to a wide range of wildlife including water, wading, and migratory birds as well as species in danger of extinction, the area is declared by the European Union as a place of special protection. The Albufera provides conservation support for the after effects of the intense agricultural (cultivation of rice), industrial, hunting, and touristic uses, the consequences of which have been breaking the ecological balance. The conservation work performed by the volunteers will assist local teams with the recovery plan and park management activities.
Conservation projects around the Valencia Region (these programs run from October to June)
Although the Valencia region is better known for its extensive coastline, its inland areas are home to diverse ecosystems with unique flora and fauna in the Mediterranean. A landscape dotted with hills, mountains, rivers, forests, islands, and wetlands, offers incredible contrasts. Popular sites of this region include the Sierra Calderona, Sierra de Mariola, the Montgó Natural Park, and the Sierra of Espadán. During this program, volunteers will experience different Spanish ecosystems and contribute in a practical way to the conservation of Valencia's environment.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
Albufera Natural Park
Participating in activities restoring bird habitats, nest construction and checking, and bird ringing
Wildlife census/ surveys and data collection
Eradicating invasive vegetation
General park maintenance
Projects around the Valencia Region
- Tree planting
- River inspection and conservation
- Flora and fauna surveys and data collection
- Prevention of forest fires
- Construction and maintenance of walking tracks
- Conservation of the Valencia’s wildlife and its natural habitats
Schedule: volunteers work around 4-5 hours a day. Work is done during the mornings - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Weekends are usually off. The volunteer work is about 30-60 minutes away from the accommodations.
Accommodations: volunteers are provided with a single room within a shared apartment. The apartments host between 3 and 6 volunteers at any given time. There is also an option for participants to live with a host-family with half-board (breakfast and dinner). The extra cost is USD130 for the first 2 weeks and USD50 for each extra week. It is possible to upgrade following registration.
Food: not included, however there is an equiped kitchen for the volunteers' use.
Internet: free Internet access.
Laundry: free access to laundry machine.
In addition to volunteering at local projects that could not exist without support from volunteers, participants can explore the Valencia region as more than just tourists. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, rafting, and exploring the city itself. Valencia is a coastal city with hot summers and mild winters. It is a city rich in culture and heritage and has more than 15 kilometers of beaches. From the old maritime quarter of El Cabanyal, the Albufera Natural Park, the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, the old town with its monuments and museums, the fun and lively neighborhood of El Carmen or Ruzafa with exciting night life, it's impossible to get bored in a city that offers so much.
Learning Spanish in Valencia
Participants that don't know Spanish or wish to brush up on their language skills have the opportunity to sign up for the following options in Valencia:
Spanish course before the volunteer project: USD420 per week; Includes 20 lessons and accommodations.
Spanish course during the volunteer project: USD220 per week; includes 20 lessons. Available only during June, July and August.
Private Spanish lessons during the volunteer project: USD50 per hour.
Please note that the enrolment fee to the Spanish school is USD75.
It is possible to request these options following registration. Prices are based on the Euro and are subject to change.
- Minimum age is 18
- Good level of English
- Basic level of Spanish is recommended
- Physically fit and prepared to work in the open environment
- Minimum 2 week commitment to the project
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