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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. The other placements take place at a variety of nature reserves further inland. Volunteers can also participate in optional Spanish courses either before or after their volunteer placement.

Location of the Project:  Valencia, Spain
Project length:  Min 2 weeks - Max 12 weeks
Arrival Airport:  Valencia Airport (VLC)
Volunteer Work:  Conservation work in nature reserves
Age:  18-45 (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.)
Number of Volunteers:  Between 6 and 8 international volunteers
Important Note:  This project is closed during the month of August

What's Included

Accommodations:  Private room in shared apartment
Airport Transfers:  Airport pick-up on arrival day
Insurance:  Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Orientation:  First day orientation tour is provided
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

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.

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.

Volunteering tasks and assignments may include:

  • 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:
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.

Volunteering tasks and assignments may include:
  • 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.

Internet:  Free Internet access.
Laundry:  Free access to laundry machine.
Accommodations:  Volunteers are provided with a single room within a shared apartment. The apartments host 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, however there is an equipped kitchen for the volunteers' use.

Please take note of the project's 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

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 (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.

Spanish classes can be arranged following registration. Please note there is an additional cost for this.

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