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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.



$1,200

 

Fast Facts

Location of ProjectValencia, Spain
Project LengthMin 2 weeks - Max 12 weeks
Arrival AirportVLC - Valencia Airport
Volunteer WorkConservation work in nature reserves
Number of ParticipantsBetween 6 and 8 international volunteers
Age18 - 45

What's Included

AccommodationPrivate room in shared apartment
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersAirport pick-up on arrival day
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

Meals (half-board available at home-stay upon request), flights/airfare, return airport transfer (available on request), public transportation during project (10 - 15 Euros per week), personal expenses
 

Location

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.  Volunteers can participate in optional Spanish courses either before or during their volunteer stay.  Our Operations Manager will arrange classes for volunteers after they have registered.  

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
  • Turtle monitoring
  • 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.

 

Living Arrangements 

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.

 

Travel Highlights

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 a Spanish course, before or after your volunteer project. You also have the option to take private lessons.

It is possible to request these options following registration. Please note there is an additional cost for this. 

 

Minimum Requirements

  • Age Requirements 18-45
  • 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

Read an except of Rachel's experience:

 

 

"This previous summer (Summer 2012) I traveled with GoEco to Valencia, to take part in a series of conservation projects around the Valencia Region. I can summarize my experience in exactly one word, AMAZING! From the beginning, GO-ECO helped me find a suitable program and made the entire process so much easier.

 

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

 

Read an except of Alex's experience:

 

 

"This previous summer (Summer 2012) I traveled with GoEco to Valencia, to take part in a series of conservation projects around the Valencia Region. I can summarize my experience in exactly one word, AMAZING! From the beginning, GO-ECO helped me find a suitable program and made the entire process so much easier.

 

Read the rest of his story on the GoEco blog!

 

Check out our Volunteer Blog at blog.goeco.org to read experiences written by GoEco volunteers from all over the world!

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