Do you want to get more than a tourist’s-eye view of Spain? Are you looking for an experience that will really put you in touch with Spain’s environment and with Spanish life? If so, our volunteer projects in Valencia and Denia offer you the best opportunities for a valuable and memorable experience. Working as a volunteer, you will have the chance to contribute to conservation projects in the Valencia region. In the midst of awesome landscapes, you will fight for the protection of these unique habitats. You will get to know the native wildlife and plant life; you will work in stunning locations; and you will gain deep insight into the work of professional conservationists. Take a look at Spain from a whole new angle, and experience a trip abroad you will never forget.
The provinces of Valencia, Alicante and Castelló, on Spain’s East coast, are among the country’s most beautiful and sunny coastal regions. Vast beaches, magnificent bays and a warm climate make it a popular travel destination, attracting holidaymakers to its rich wildlife and wide array of cultural attractions. Inevitably, the economic and environmental impact of tourism makes it essential for us 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. But heading inland, numerous ecosystems make up a unique environment – the only one of its kind in the whole Mediterranean area. The Albufera Nature Reserve, located just 15km from Valencia, is one of Spain’s most important wetland areas. Due to its extraordinary biodiversity, it is a habitat of immense ecological importance for the region. Because countless wild animals live here, including seabirds, waders and migratory birds, and because it is inhabited by many species threatened with extinction, the European Union has named it a Special Protection Area. 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.
Participating in our volunteer projects does not presuppose any special skills or knowledge of conservation. But obviously you should come with a deep interest in conservation work. You must be at least 18 years of age and fit to take part in physical work in the great outdoors. For the project in Denia, you must be a strong swimmer, as some assignments will involve snorkelling and diving. As far as language skills go, you need basic Spanish – you need to be able to make yourself understood, and you should have a grasp of basic vocabulary and phrases.
If you’re flying to Spain, the best options are the airports in Valencia and Alicante. They are located near the project locations, and there are daily flights there from lots of different countries. On arrival, you will be picked up by a team member and taken to your accommodation. The journey to Denia is a bit longer than the trip to Valencia, taking about an hour. All details of your transfer for the volunteer project will be arranged by one of the project’s employees. It’s up to you to sort out transport for excursions in your leisure time, but the solid public transport links make it easy to get around the region by yourself.
In the volunteer projects, you will be working in the environs of cities of Valencia or Denia on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. You can take part in the conservation projects throughout the whole year, for a minimum of two weeks.
Through the volunteer projects, you will gain fundamental knowledge of Spain’s wildlife and you will support the conservation of the region, safeguarding the natural, cultural and aesthetic worth of the landscape. The landscape of the Valencia region is wrought with amazing contradictions. It is packed with hills, mountains, rivers, forests and marshlands, which make for a spectacular landscape. Standouts include the Albufera Natural Park and the Sierra Calderona. The project is mostly active within the Albufera nature reserve, close to the city – a wetland area as beautiful as it is ecologically significant. During your time as a volunteer you will experience the environment and surroundings of Valencia through various conservation projects and you will actively contribute to conserving and safeguarding this unique habitat. You will learn how this unique natural heritage is being protected and how active conservation of the countryside is helping to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture and tourism. You will work with volunteers from around the world and assist local teams to protect the environment. You will become a part of an exciting conservation project and contribute to the preservation of this unique landscape.
Core Tasks of your Voluntary Work in Valencia:
The second conservation project is based in the fishing port of Denia, working on the protection and conservation of marine ecosystems on Cape San Antonio. The cape is part of the awe-inspiring Montgó Nature Reserve and is surrounded by the marine reserve “Reservat Marina del Cabo de San Antonio”, established to safeguard the beautiful sea that circles the cape. Denia lies at the heart of the Valencian Community and is located between the cities of Valencia and Alicante, approximately 100km 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. You will work on gorgeous beaches in the surrounding area; you will learn diving and snorkelling; 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. In this fascinating environment, you will 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.
Core Tasks of your Voluntary Work in Denia:
During your time as a volunteer, you will get accommodation in a fully equipped apartment in the city of Valencia of Denia. You will live together with other volunteers in shared accommodation, or you can take a single room, if one is available. The houses are well connected to public transport, so it’s easy to get around in the city or to visit other places.
Everybody interested in volunteering abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.
As a volunteer you will work in your project Monday to Friday between approx. 8am and 1pm. The rest of the day gives you plenty of time for your own activities. You can go to the beach, visit the cities and explore their culture, play some sports and get to know other people. On occasion, you may be required to work on Saturdays or Sundays, but as a rule weekends are free and can be used for further excursions to other regions or cities like Madrid, Barcelona and Granada. Experience this stunning land by exploring the nearby coasts, watching spectacular sunsets or travelling the countryside and enjoying culinary delights with new friends. Our employees are familiar with the region, and they’re happy to help you plan your weekend road trips by offering travel suggestions and insider tips.