Volunteer in Spain
Spain was hit hard by the economic crisis of the millennium. The current unemployment rate is a soaring 20%. Because of this, there is a vast amount of work available in the categories of education, health care and human rights. Teaching English in Spain actually goes a long way - many Spaniards seek to elevate their English skills in order to improve their chances of of employment. Volunteers in these categories usually stay for a few months time, or more, so that they have time to develop relationships with those whom they are helping. It is common to find these opportunities available in big cities as well as smaller, rural towns.
Volunteer work in environmental conservation is also very common in Spain. The country has many protected natural areas such as forests and beaches. Volunteers who are of the nature-loving type would benefit and learn a lot from this kind of experience. Popular projects include restoring natural habitats by planting trees, preserving trails, and gathering data on whales, turtles and other sea animals. The massive coast and ample forested areas provide great opportunity to work the land and help preserve the country’s future.
Another great volunteer option in Spain is to work at a hostel. If you are looking to meet a lot of people from all over the world, this option is perfect. There are thousands of hostels located all over the country, which means you get your pick! Want to be in a city that never sleeps? Then Barcelona is for you. Want to enjoy the quaint feeling of an older, more traditional Spanish town? Then take a look a Salamanca and Seville. In Spain, you really can’t go wrong.
Volunteer in Spain and learn about its diversity in culture through festivals, bullfights, art, dance and music! Spain is a lively place for people who know how to enjoy life’s pleasures. It’s a place for those who truly want to make a difference while having the time of their lives.
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I can only describe this trip as one of the happiest times of my life; being able to integrate everyday with people from all over the world and having the whole of Barcelona on your doorstop was incredible. It has completely changed my perspective on the world and I can’t wait but to explore more of it!
Genevieve and Brian have really found a little slice of heaven. I had my own straw bale cabin that immediately felt like home. In fact on one weekend I left the comfort of the farm and ventured to the coast of Spain to do some diving (since we are given weekends off) and I remember after a few short hours of being on this beautiful coastline – I started to feel “home sick” for my straw bale cabin and couldn’t wait to get back to it.
I do miss all the mornings and afternoons with the horses. I have engaged in some garden works like harvesting and plowing. The freshly harvested food was very delicious. I enjoyed every meal with the great view of Requijada’s landscape. Also, I participated in the ornithological research which offered me a valuable opportunity to appreciate and understand more about different breeds of birds.
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, GoEco helped me find a suitable program and made the entire process so much easier.
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.
It was a trip I don’t regret taking! It’s the best if it’s your first time travelling alone, because there is 24 hour support and the mentors are so lovely and will pick up the phone whenever you need to speak to them. It was an amazing experience helping these kids and having fun with them, and also having a taste of amazing Spanish culture and living independently with roommates. It’s definitely something I would recommend for students in summer or holiday breaks.
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