Volunteer Abroad Spain: Denia Nature Conservation
You want to get more than a tourist’s-eye view of Spain and are looking for an experience that will really put you in touch with Spain’s beautiful environment and nature? Then take part in our volunteer project in Denia and become active in protecting and conserving the pristine natural areas of Spain’s Mediterranean region!
Denia lies at the heart of the Valencian Community and is located between the cities of Valencia and Alicante, approximately 100 km from each. The idyllic fishing port is nestled in a gorgeous landscape, which shows off Spain’s most beautiful aspects, with places like the Montgó Natural Park, the Cape San Antonio Marine Reserve and the Pego wetland area.
As a volunteer you will work on gorgeous beaches in the surrounding area; you will learn diving and snorkeling; and you will play a part in awe-inspiring volunteer projects, working towards the conservation of the marine ecosystems. With solid transport links to the country’s other cities, Denia is the perfect place to get to know the environment, the culture and the people of Spain, and fall in love with them. As a volunteer you will gain fundamental knowledge of working to protect the environment. You will take part in numerous research projects, which will give you the chance to experience the region’s unique wildlife up close.
- Gain hands-on conservation experience in Spain’s city of Denia
- Gain valuable knowledge and know-how
- Meet volunteers from all over the world
- Experience Spain’s rich culture and natural beauty
Conservation volunteering in Spain
As a volunteer in Spain you get the chance to contribute to protecting and conserving the biodiversity and beauty of the coastal areas and the portion of the Mediterranean that surrounds the stunning coastal city of Denia.
Arrival and orientation in Denia
You either arrive at Valencia or Alicante Airport which are both not far from the project locations. A team member of our partner will pick you up and take you to your accommodation. All project-related transfers will be arranged by one of the project’s employees. However, transport in your leisure time is up to you – but the solid public transport links make it easy to get around the region by yourself.
Volunteer activities during the conservation project
During your time as a volunteer in Spain you will be working in the surroundings of Denia – on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. Protecting and conserving the marine ecosystems is what you focus on.
In Denia you dedicate yourself to monitoring whales, dolphins and seabirds, studying and collecting data about the wildlife and plant life of the coastal and marine ecosystems, safeguarding turtles, maintaining and restoring the coastal and marine ecosystems as well as reforestation and forest fire prevention.
Accommodation during the volunteer project
Together with other volunteers you will stay in a fully equipped shared apartment in the city of Denia. If you are alone, you need to take a single room. If you are joining the project with a partner, you can take a shared room. As the houses are well connected to public transport it is quite easy to get around in the city or to visit other places.
Leisure time as a volunteer in Spain
Usually volunteer working hours are Mondays to Fridays, from approx. 8 am to 1 pm. You can use the rest of the day for your own activities: go to the beach, visit the cities and explore their culture, play some sports or get to know other people. Sometimes you may be required to work on the weekends, but normally Saturdays and Sundays are free and can be used for excursions to other regions or cities like Barcelona, Madrid or Granada.
Arrival in Denia
Your stay in the conservation project: A typical volunteer day
Last day in the volunteer project and departure
FAQ – Learn more about this trip
“All in all, I look back on a wonderful time as a conservation volunteer in Spain.”
“It was a fun and interactive experience which I do not regret.”
“The project definitely exceeded my expectations; it was such an enjoyable experience and the work we did was so varied.”
“Our team leaders in the projects were so friendly and nice. They picked us up every day, were very understanding and always helped us with questions or problems.”
The city of Dénia is the heart of the Valencian Community, located on the east coast of Spain between the cities of València and Alicante, surrounded by a beautiful landscape.
Museums and buildings inspire Dénia's visitors as much as the 20 km long sandy beach, which changes into rocky coast at the Las Rotas district. Nature lovers and hikers will also find the Montgó Nature Reserve a wonderful destination for excursions. A visit to the charming coastal town is definitely worthwhile.
Purpose of the conservation project in Spain
The Spanish provinces of Valencia, Alicante and Castelló are considered the country’s most beautiful and sunny coastal regions. Vast beaches, beautiful bays and a warm climate attract lots of tourists who love the region’s rich wildlife and wide array of cultural attractions. Inevitably, the economic and environmental impact of tourism makes it essential to protect the region’s environmental resources from tourism’s negative effects and develop strategies for avoiding future problems.
The Valencia region is best known for its vast coastline. However, the inland is home to a real natural treasure: numerous ecosystems make up a unique environment – the only one of its kind in the entire Mediterranean area. The Albufera Nature Reserve is one of Spain’s most important wetland areas, located only 15 km from Valencia. Due to its extraordinary biodiversity, it is a habitat of immense ecological importance for the region.
The European Union declared it a Special Protection Area as countless wild animals live here, including seabirds, waders and migratory birds, and many species threatened with extinction. However, tourism, agriculture and industry pose a danger to some sites in the area, and will also impact on the whole region’s future development – therefore, the implementation of protective measures are necessary.
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