Learn Spanish and Volunteer
South America: Many of our volunteer projects in South America, including in Ecuador and Argentina, place a large emphasis on the knowledge of the Spanish language. Two of our Ecuadorian projects, Wild Animal Rescue Shelter and Rainforest Monkey Sanctuary, include a one-week orientation with 20 hours of Spanish lessons in Quito between sightseeing. Our Argentinian program, entitled Study Spanish and Work with Children, involves volunteers taking Spanish lessons in the morning and volunteering in the afternoon. Our Equine Therapy program in Chile offers Spanish lessons for an additional fee. The Antigua Medical Internship in Guatemala is ideal for those who are already Spanish speakers, even if at an intermediate level and provides an opportunity for interns to expand their Spanish language skills through learning medical terminology on a daily basis. Spanish class add-ons are also available for an additional fee for this program.
Europe: GoEco has three different volunteering opportunities in Spain that offer Spanish courses in the beautiful area of Valencia either before or after the volunteer placement for an additional fee. These include our Conservation Projects in the Valencia Region, Education and Development in Valencia and Coast and Marine Conservation in Denia programs.
Central America: Most of our volunteer opportunities in Costa Rica include Spanish language classes, and include our two ever-popular projects: Animal Rescue and Conservation and Sea Turtle Conservation.
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I’ve never been a morning person, so rising at 3am didn’t seem appealing at first, but the morning patrol was always my favorite. At least during my time on the project, the morning patrols were much more active. Baby turtles were hatching from their nests, and we helped them down to the ocean so they could avoid beach predators. Only 1 in every 1000 turtles lives to adulthood, so saving those that actually hatched, from a beach massacre was important!
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.
If this is not the most rewarding feeling in your life and also the reason to pack your backpack now and move into the Amazon to have the TIME OF YOUR LIFE, I don’t know what is. Okay okay…being able to take care of a baby sloth and other incredibly cute animals you could die for is a great bonus and definitely worth visiting the center too...
I was the first intern to work at this placement as a Medical Social Worker, so it took some time to feel out what my role would be. As I mentioned, my supervisor gave me space to work independently often, but was also available to check on the progress of my work, as everything was conducted in Spanish.
The second place that I volunteered was at the Escuela Granadilla Norte. At this school, I volunteered as aid in a kindergarten classroom. I felt incredibly welcome and at home as I volunteered at the school. The teachers there were very sweet and willing to speak slowly to me in Spanish to help me understand things. I learned a lot about the culture and language in Costa Rica from the teachers at the school as I helped out in the classroom.
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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