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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 assisting in a local soup kitchen. 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 assisting 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. Main tasks include helping children with homework, planning fun and educational activities and playing with the children.
Volunteers work 3:00-6:00 PM, five days per week; after school during the school year and in the mornings during the summer. This project runs from October to July. *This project has a three-week minimum.
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 Soup Kitchen project.
Volunteers will be working to help those facing food insecurities. Volunteer tasks include serving meals, cleaning the center, collecting food from providers, sorting and storing food, organizing local activities and assisting with anything else that is needed. Volunteer work is from 12:00-3:00 PM, five days per week.
Internet: Internet is available for use.
Laundry: Volunteers have access to a laundry machine.
Accommodations: Accommodations for volunteers are in single rooms within a shared apartment. The apartments accommodate up to six 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). 16-year olds must upgrade to the homestay for an additional fee.
Food: Not included with the apartment accommodations, but you will have access to a fully equipped kitchen. Volunteers who upgrade to a home stay (for an additional fee) will receive breakfasts and dinners.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:
Learning Spanish in Valencia (Not Included):
Participants who 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 hours overlap with the class schedule).
It is possible to request these options following registration. Please note there is an additional cost for this.