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 preparing and providing food for individuals in a lower-income neighborhood.
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.
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.
Volunteers work 4-5 hours, 5 days per week; after school during the school year and in the mornings during the summer. This project runs from October to July.
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 public holidays, school will be fully closed. On these short holidays, Working with Children is not available and volunteers who sign up can only participate in the Community Development project.
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.
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
- Minimum age is 18
- Good level of English
- Intermediate to advanced Spanish required
- Police clearance form
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.
Volunteers working in the children's program can join Spanish lessons during their placement (except in July, when volunteer duties are in the morning as well).
It is possible to request these options following registration. Please note there is an additional cost for this.