Volunteer in Spain
Spain is a popular tourist destination but a lot of people do not realise you can volunteer here. There are rewarding community and conservation volunteer projects where you can help people, wildlife and the environment. If you would like to do combine visiting Spain with doing something unique, our programs will appeal to you! Apply today.
Volunteer Programs in Spain
Find structured, free, low cost and paid volunteer opportunities throughout Spain during summer and all year round.
Guide to Volunteering in Spain
Volunteer tourism is an increasingly popular way for people to holiday. It's very much give and take. You give time, effort and money and take away lifelong memories. We highly recommend applying to volunteer abroad in Spain, there are beautiful cities with tasty food and a warm climate most of the year. This is a perfect opportunity if you are planning a short holiday or would like to take a gap year in Spain as there are short and long term opportunities available. Search programs throughout the country where you can help community and conservation projects - this will be a uniqe experience.
Top Reasons to Apply
- You will have a really enjoyable experience doing something more rewarding than subathing
- Sample life in this cosmopolitan Mediterranean country
- Learn or improve your language skills as you will be working with local staff and be immersed in Spanish culture
- This will be a really rewarding experience where you will get to do a lot more than your average tourist
- The community and conservation programs we have listed on our website have been running for a number of years and you will be able to make a positive impact
- So much to do in your spare time, seeing a football game is a must, there are also lots of festivals and activities to keep you busy. You could also go in search of the best beach
- You can also combine experiences and book a Spanish language courses in Spain
Location of Projects
You can find charity work and volunteer work throughout the country in places like:
• Andalucia • Aragon • Asturias • Basque Country • Canary Islands • Cantabria • Castile and Leon • Castilla la Mancha • Catalonia • Costa Del Sol • Denia • Extremadura • Galicia • Ibiza • La Rioja • Mallorca • Menorca • Murcia • Navarre
Types of Volunteer Programs in Spain
There are a wide range of volunteering programs in Spain available including working on community programs teaching children or helping conservation on marine based projects.
Work with Children and Communities
You'll work with local organisations and really be able to help projects, a lot of these are based in the beautiful city of Valencia. If you are looking to take a holiday in Spain and want to do something different consider these programs. Even though Spain is a very well run country by Western standards, there are still lots of disadvantaged children who need help and you can make a difference to their lives. There are also short and long term work camps running where you can help build infrastructure, construction, building, archaeology, arts, festival work and educational summer camps / teaching.
Volunteer with Animals & Conservation
On conservation projects you might be researching coral and marine life, or even learning to scuba dive and spend your days deep underwater helping long term sustainability. You will work alongside local scientists and international staff aiming to help biodiversity and preserve nature. No previous experience is needed and full training is provided on arrival. There are dog and animal shelters operational throughout the country which need help all year round.
Summer Volunteer Programs in Spain
Summer volunteer programs are popular when the weather is very hot and in your spare time you'll have lots of time to relax and enjoy the area. Spain has a lot of cultured cities with modern shops, beaches, nightlife, sport and cafes - enough to keep you busy in your spare time especially when the weather is good. The local people and project staff will be very friendly whilst Spanish people are generally very welcoming and will be happy to learn you are there volunteering to help in their country. Summer projects are very popular so get your application in early.
How to Apply
Most organisations require you to be aged over 18 and you will need to be able to enter the country on a tourist visa. There are summer trips for 15+ age groups which are popular and apply early to avoid places being full. If you are planning a volunteer holiday you usually need to be available for 2 weeks + to participate.
You can apply by yourself, or apply with friends and family members. Family volunteering trips in Spain are popular and you can join for a short or long period. If you live in the EU you can enter Spain with a passport or ID card and stay for as long as you like as a tourist or on a working holiday. If you live outside of the EU you will need to check specific country requirements for entering Spain on a tourist / work visa.
Some placements come part of a structured package which includes pre-departure placements, airport transfers, accommodation, meals, orientation, training and in-country support. These are highly recommended if it is your first time overseas or you want a safe and reliable placement with other people from all over the world. You might like to also check out our Europe volunteer programs.
Volunteer in Spain for Free
There are free and low cost volunteer projects in Spain, usually you will need to pay for your board and food separately though. You can contact organisations in advance through our website or search our opportunities locally. Recommeded organisations which offer free volunteering programs to international participants include:
- The Refugio Cantalobos Dog Shelter which cares for abused and abandoned animals on the Costa del Sol
- Sunseed Desert Technology need volunteers, researchers and interns for educational programmes in green energy, permaculture, desertification and we are a hands-on practical centre for low-impact living and environmental education in Andalusia, Spain. There is a small weekly donation to join Sunseed covers accommodation, food & project costs
Help / Advice
If you need any help arranging a volunteer placement in Spain please get in touch.
Spain Volunteer Reviews
If you have ever been to volunteer in Spain and would like to write about your experience, review an organisation or share any recommendations please contact us.
"I met some great people on the trip and was sad to leave them after 2 weeks. We all got on well together, everyone took part in the activities, which were interesting and well organised. I liked the group leaderes , I improved my Spanish and I learnt about Montoro as well (local industries, what the people are like, etc.). Overall I had a great time and am looking forward to doing another project next year. I also think it was good value and I believe in the ethos of Concordia so am willing to support it!" - Amy, environmental project in Spain with Concordia International Volunteers
“I loved this experience because I got to meet amazing people from all over the world. In just two weeks you form incredibly close bonds with new people, but you also grow as a person and learn a lot about yourself. I felt a great sense of achievement when I looked back at the river once we had finished our work to see the difference we had made.”
"I have always got a lot from volunteering, and love working abroad and experiencing a different culture. I enjoyed working towards a goal, in the case of Fuendetodos, improving a Botanical Garden and trails around the village. By the end of the 3 weeks, you could see the difference we had made as a group, and I personally gain a great sense of satisfaction and fulfillment from that! Working as the only Brit in a group of 15 was a fantastic way to meet and make friends with people from all over the world. As a result, I have invitations back to Spain, Turkey, France and Korea! Working and living together for 3 weeks means that we really got to talk about our different cultures, ideas, superstitions and traditions, and make lasting friendships, as well as pick up some different languages on the way." - Nicola, environmental project
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