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Volunteers will discover the unique flora and fauna of Montgo Nature Park, which rises over 700 meters above sea level and encompasses over 5,000 acres around Montgo Mountain. Running parallel to the coastline, the park has an extraordinary wealth of wildlife and vegetation, including over 650 vegetable species, such as the red lavender and maritime fennel. The reserve is teeming with native bird species, including yellow legged seagulls or royal owls, and other various animals, from reptiles to amphibians to small mammals, like rabbits and foxes. You can also enjoy various hiking trails with marvelous views of both mountain and sea. 

In recent years, the heavy flow of park visitors has had a negative effect on the delicate coastal and marine ecosystems. This program aims to protect the fragile coastline and marine ecosystems in Montgo Nature Park, while also educating volunteers on how to preserve and revitalize the fragile environment.

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Location of the Project:  Denia, Spain
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Project length:  Min 2 weeks - Max 12 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Valencia Airport (VLC)
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Volunteer Work:  Marine and widlife conservation, data collection and research
Age:  18-80 (This project may accept volunteers who are 17 years old with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian. They must live with a host family for an additional fee.)
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Number of Volunteers:  Between 6 and 8 international volunteers
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Important Note:  This project runs from April to September

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Private room in shared apartment.
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Airport Transfers:  Airport pick-up on arrival day
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Insurance:  Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Orientation:  Volunteers receive a first day orientation tour
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Support:  Local in-country team and 24-hour emergency support

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

Denia is situated along the Mediterranean Sea, between the cities of Valencia and Alicante, and is known to be one of the most beautiful port towns in Spain. With over 20 kilometers of beach and a variety of water sports and activities available, Denia is the perfect destination for those who want to relax and soak up the sun and ideal for those who love to dive, windsurf and sail. One amazing site in Denia is the famous 11th-century castle located on a rocky crag that overlooks the city, as well as the Archeological and Ethnological museums. Whether you want to venture through the picturesque streets, savor the fresh fish from a local restaurant or attend the traditional fiestas, including the Bull Run, Denia is definitely a worthwhile place to visit.

While participating in this project, you will contribute to important conservation and marine research. Depending on the weather conditions your work will either take place on a boat, in the water or on the coast. Some of your responsibilities will include:

  • Monitoring whales, dolphins, turtles, and seabirds
  • Data collection and surveys on coastal flora and fauna
  • Improving and repairing wetland ecosystems
  • Collecting trash along the coast
  • Reforestation and forest fire prevention
  • Accurately identifying targeted species 
  • Helping with the logistical operations
Please note that some of these activites are only possible during specific times of the year or under certain weather conditions.

A typical day: Your day will start at 8:00am as you head out to the coast to conduct biodiversity surveys or collect data.  After lunch you will collect trash along the coast or spend time monitoring and observing wildlife.  For the rest of the day you will have time to relax, go to the beach, explore the city, play sports or try the local cuisine.
 
Volunteers will work from Monday to Friday from 8am-1pm and will normally have the weekends free to explore the beautiful surrounding area or travel to nearby cities.

Internet
Internet:  Free Internet access is provided.
Laundry
Laundry:  Free access to a washing machine is provided.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Volunteers are provided with a single room within a shared apartment. Each apartment holds between 3 and 6 volunteers at any given time. For an additional fee, there is an option to live with a host-family with half-board (breakfast and dinner). It is possible to upgrade following registration. Volunteers who are under the age of 18 must live with a host family for an additional fee.
Food:  Not included. You will have access to a fully equipped kitchen.

Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:

  • Minimum age: 18 years old
  • Good level of English
  • Basic level of Spanish is recommended
  • Physically fit and prepared to work outside on a daily basis
  • Minimum 2-week commitment to the project

If you are looking to explore outside Denia, you can hop on a ferry to Ibiza and experience one of Spain’s favorite nightlife islands. Ibiza boasts more than 160 kilometers of coastline with over 50 beaches, plus plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs. Step off the beaten path and pay a visit to the old town of Dalt Vila, which provides wonderful panoramic views of the city and a wealth of history that spans over 2,500 years. For a taste of the big city, be sure to visit Valencia. Valencia is filled with historical attractions, such as the famous Serranos Towers and intricate architecture, like Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas.

You may also join a program add-on or Spanish lesson package for an additional cost. It is possible to request these options following registration:

Learning Spanish in Valencia (Not Included):
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.
 
Program Add-Ons (Not Included):
Take your volunteering experience one step further!
Earn your Padi Open Water Scuba Diving certification before the project begins and put your scuba skills to use while collecting data and researching marine life. 

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