VOLUNTEERING IN VALENCIA
Valencia, the third most important city in Spain, after Madrid and Barcelona. Its popular fiesta de las fallas, its historical attractions, its rice fields, its beaches and museums, put Valencia in the sights of many tourists looking for a different trip.
Valencia is a beautiful city you can count on:
- Incredible neighbourhoods full of history
- Blue flag beaches
- Dream scenarios for any wedding album.
The entire Western world suffered the banking crisis. In addition to that, Valencia before 2007 its main economic source was construction, which was affected mainly by the lack of mortgages and creating numerous debts in thousands of families.
Thanks to international volunteering in Spain, many women and children at risk of social exclusion can have hope, which is the first step in the search for a better future.
This is general information, you will have specific information about each project in its section, because depending on the program, different conditions or concepts will be included or excluded, they will also have different arrival and cooperation times.
PROGRAMS IN VALENCIA
WHEN CAN YOU COLLABORATE ON VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN VALENCIA?
You can participate all year round in the volunteer programmes in Valencia Spain:
- Working with immigrant women
- School reinforcement
There is collaboration from Monday to Thursday divided into two shifts 10:30 to 1:30 and 17:30 to 19:30 hours.
Projects remain closed for:
- All month of August
- July afternoons
- National holidays, using the latter to get to know the neighbourhoods and villages of the Valencian Community better.
*See specifications of schedules and dates of arrival in each program through its link.
Volunteers participating in volunteer programs in Valencia (Spain) have 2 accommodation options.
- If you take the Spanish classes, you will stay in a private room in a shared flat, in the Benimaclet neighbourhood.
- In the case that you only participate in volunteering, you stay in shared rooms in Alboraya or Carme del Bemllos.
Likewise, if your idea is to look for accommodation in a hostel or hotel, we leave you these details of possible accommodations: Urban Youth Hostel, Center Valencia Youth Hostel, Stay in Vibrant Russafa, Red Nest Hostel Valencia or The River Hostel.
Normally you will find these types of accommodation in the centre of the Capital of Valencia. You will also find shops, restaurants, bars and discotheques nearby.
On the food, in Valencia you can eat from 3 euros the plate. You will be able to find many food shops near your accommodation. Valencia is a province of Spain quite cheap to eat, you will enjoy dishes such as paella, baked rice, Mediterranean salad and all kinds of pastas.
- You must be of legal age to participate in some of Adventure Volunteer’s volunteer projects.
- Present a criminal record certificate.
- Volunteers must be tolerant, enthusiastic and open-minded.
- Knowledge of English and Spanish for the women’s empowerment program.
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
The price of the program is from 180€ (only volunteer) for 2 weeks, according to the modality that you choose the price can vary.
You will have within each volunteer program, (care, women or school review) the most detailed prices depending on whether you choose the modality of intensive courses 6 or 10 hours, or if you choose only volunteering with accommodation.
VOLUNTEERING + SPANISH CLASSES (6 HOURS PER WEEK) + ACCOMMODATION
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?
- Welcome at the airport and transfer to your accommodation
- Accommodation during your volunteering (according to the chosen modality)
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
- Monitoring and evaluation of the program
- Orientation and induction to the program
- Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteering
- Accident insurance during your volunteering
- Civil liability for your activity
- Receipt from NGO about your program fee
- Guidance, advice and management in the choice of programme
- Volunteer T-Shirt
*Accident and liability insurance does not cover persons from Mexico and the USA.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM?
- Flight to the country
- Visa, if necessary
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Vaccines, if necessary
- Internal transport
- Return to the airport on the last day
- Beverages or special diets or meals
- Trips inside or outside the country
ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION
Upon arrival at Valencia Manises Airport (VLC), the responsible local coordinator will be waiting for you and will take you by transport to Valencia where you will be staying.
Depending on what time you arrive, you will have the orientation day. You will be told in a general way about the activities and basic rules of the project. In addition, you will be guided about places you can visit in your free time.
Regularly the average temperature is 17 degrees all year round.
- May to September you can enjoy the heat and the beach between 25 and 30 degrees.
- August is the warmest month of the year and February is the coldest month of the year.
The official currency is the Euro. If you don’t have euros in your country of origin, you can change them before coming to your bank or withdraw money by credit card or go to a bureau de change.
Valencia is one of the cheapest cities to volunteer in Spain.
For your volunteering in Valencia, the flight must have as final destination the airport of Valencia Manises (VLC), where you will be transferred accommodation chosen.
- Flights range from €50 to €500 approximately.
- You can find good flight offers on google flights or skyscanner.
Some reference airlines are: Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Ryanair, German Wings and other airlines that you will find in your European or American city.
In Valencia you will find many places that you can visit, here we tell you some that you can not miss if you travel to Spain.
LA ALBUFERA NATURAL PARK
One of the largest lakes in Spain, with great ecological and cultural importance. It is easy to get there, if you are very adventurous, you only have to take line 25 of the public buses. This line takes you from the center of Valencia to the Palmar and the Perellonet, only for 1.50 € the journey. In the place you can make boat rides on the lake. The other option to visit the Park is to take the Albufera Bus tourist.
HISTORY AND ITS NEIGHBOURHOODS
You would like to know a little more about the history of Valencia, we recommend the Old Town where you can find 4 beautiful neighborhoods with as much history as: the Pilar, the Mercat and Sant Francesc.
You can’t miss the fishing district of El Cabañal where you will arrive with the tram or bicycles for rent to tour its large white beaches of the malvarrosa.
If you’re into the night, your neighbourhood is Ruzafa, full of charming bars, making it one of the most modern neighbourhoods in Europe.
In all the districts of Valencia you will be able to access with Electric Bikes, Tram, Bus, Bicycles. In their neighbourhoods you will find tapas routes, mini theatres and places to do English Spanish tandems.
You will find an incredible gastronomic variety, cultural and leisure activities, which make this neighbourhood one of the most charming. It is one of the neighborhoods where you can go out to dinner, take a walk and why not party too. Its old streets will take you through centuries of history, from the towers of the mountain monument at the entrance to the city of Valencia to the towers of Quart.
THE CITY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
It was designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. It consists of several buildings that have become the meeting place for cultural and leisure activities to enjoy with family and friends.
Among the buildings that we can appreciate are: L’Hemisfèric, El Oceanográfico, Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofía, El Puente de l’Assut de l’Or and El Ágora.
From Castellón Valencia and Alicante, all within an hour you can see an infinite number of beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters, very close to Valencia can go by bike or bus to the beach, you can know The beaches of salt and the Albufera of Valencia, are also very famous alcocebre Beach, Jávea Calpe Altea and Benidorm, on the beach of Peñíscola Peñíscola, as well as enjoy also see the castle of Papa Luna where fragments of game of thrones.
Valencia is in the east of Spain Barcelona to the north, Malaga to the south, Madrid to the east are the Balearic Islands to the west, all these cities can be reached in about three hours by car, from Alicante you can take a ferry that will take you to the island of Ibiza, where you can spend the weekend.
MAIN CITIES IN SPAIN
By means of the BlaBlaCar transport, or if you prefer it by train, you will be able to know the main cities like Madrid or Barcelona, they are very Cosmopolitan cities full of history that will make you feel like in the XVII century.
Valencia also has multiple hiking trails large peaks for trekking around two hours, many climbing routes, and the old bed of the river Turia where since April is filled with activities of all kinds to enjoy every afternoon surrounded by nature in the heart of the city.
You can improve your Spanish by attending centrally located Spanish language classes during your international volunteering in Spain.
We work with a central Spanish academy, where you can take classes from 6 to 10 hours a week.
In each volunteer program you can find information about the different options available for the classes.
When you finish your classes you will be able to use the means of transport, communicate with your fellow volunteers, learn main verbs, pronunciation, frequently used words, which will allow you to continue your volunteer work in our destinations in Central America.
Once you finish your classes you will be able to stay in the central bars with the rest of your classmates and enjoy the open-air terraces in the centre of Valencia.
- From the moment you fill out the registration form for a program in Valencia we will save your place for 7 days.
- To confirm your place definitively, you must pay a deposit of 150 € within 7 days, once the deposit is paid, your place will be guaranteed and you will be formally part of the family of volunteers of Adventure Volunteer.
- As soon as you pay the program down payment, we will send you an email to confirm that your place is secure where we will provide you with the volunteer guide, your t-shirt, mandatory insurance and the volunteer agreement.
- The rest of the payment is made one month before your incorporation to the project.
WHAT AIRPORT SHOULD THE VOLUNTEER ARRIVE AT?
Your flight must be to Valencia Airport (VLC). It is ideal to arrive on a Friday or Saturday, as all volunteer programs start on Mondays each month.
HOW DOES THE VOLUNTEER MOVE INTO THE PROGRAM?
The local coordinator will accompany you on the first day you start your volunteer program, which is just a 15-minute walk from your accommodation.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO APPLY FOR MY PLACE?
It is recommended to apply for your place in the programme as soon as possible, as places are limited. Having clear the dates of your volunteer trip, it is important that you fill out the application form and thus secure your place for the program.
CAN I VOLUNTEER WITH MY FRIENDS OR FAMILY?
Yes, all help and support is welcome. You can volunteer with friends, families, student groups, volunteer with your company colleagues or do your university internship.
54. Volunteer in Spain
Travel to Spain and learn the Spanish language doing social activities in the city of Valencia