Spain - Education and Development in Valencia
Experience Spanish culture first-hand by volunteering in Valencia at local community centers. Assist underprivileged children and adults by tutoring, teaching, and forever impacting their lives.
|Location of Project||Valencia, Spain|
|Project Length||Min 3 weeks - Max 12 weeks|
|Arrival Airport||VLC - Valencia Airport|
|Volunteer Work||Community development work with children and adults|
|Number of Participants||Between 6 and 8 international volunteers|
|Age||18 - 80|
|Accommodation||Private room in shared apartment|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Airport 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
Valencia, located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, is Spain's third largest city behind Madrid and Barcelona. It is a city with deep historic roots and no shortage of sites to see and places to visit. Valencia is known internationally for the Falles (Las Fallas), a local festival held in March, the birthplace of paella, traditional Valencian ceramics, intricate traditional dress, and the architecture of the ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. Participants on this program will live in an apartment in downtown Valencia and will have plenty of opportunities to explore the city and its beautiful surrounding areas.
About the Project
There are two social projects that participants may choose to volunteer with in the city of Valencia, Spain. One program is focused on working closely with children while the other is a community development project where volunteers assist with many different activities in a community center. You may select to work at one of the following projects.
Working with children
This social project is designed to assist children from disadvantaged backgrounds by tutoring them and assiting in after-school programs at a community center. These children have many difficulties in school and may not receive as much individual attention as they need from their teachers, parents, or relatives.
Important: Because the project is held at a school, specific volunteer tasks vary throughout the year based on the school and holiday schedules. During June and July, normal classes will not be in session but volunteers may participate in summer school activities.
On certain holidays, school will be fully closed. Therefore, on the following dates Working with Children is not available, and volunteers who sign up can only participate in the Community Development project:
- April 2
- June 4
- July 23
- August 6
- August 20
- September 3
- September 17
Volunteers get involved in a social integration project at a community center in a suburb of Valencia aimed at the promotion of equal opportunities and local development in disadvantaged communities, generating opportunities in social, cultural and employment fields, and encouraging social integration of immigrants and multiculturalism. There is also the opportunity to work at a community soup kitchen, offering food to people who are hungry.
Important: During the month of August the community center is closed. During this time, Community Development volunteers will participate only in the soup kitchen volunteering.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
Both projects take place at community centers around Valencia.
Working with children: you will assist primary and high school students with their studies, tutor them on relavant material, teach English, organize cultural activities, and serve as international mentors and role models for the children.
Community Development: you will assist with the education of adults and young adults in fields such as computer and internet use, social awareness, and the English language. There is also the opportunity to work at a community soup kitchen preapring and providing food for individuals in a lower-income neighborhood.
Accommodations: accommodations for volunteers are in single rooms 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.
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. Volunteers working in the children's program may also be able to take Spanish lessons during their volunteering opportunity, depending on their schedule.
It is possible to request these options following registration. Please note there is an additional cost for this.
- Minimum age is 18
- Good level of English
- Intermediate to advanced Spanish required
- Minimum 2 week commitment to the project