Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Spain

Free Volunteer Work in Spain

Pueblo Ingles

Pueblo Ingles aims to create an English speaking environement for their Spanish students by taking over a village and flooding it with native English speakers. English speaking volunteers are matched up with Spanish students who want to learn English. All volunteers have to do is talk English for up to 16 hours a day and help create an engaging English speaking environment where students can learn English outside of the classroom.

When: Programmes last a week and run most of the year with most dates available in the summer.
Qualifications: Armed with stories of travels and experiences from your day to day life, you must be a patient, outgoing native English speaker, aged 22 to 80, with a professional and/or academic background. Volunteers able to speak Spanish need not apply.
Accommodation: Rural style hotel lodging and food is provided.
Costs: No fee required but volunteers need to cover their own expenses before and after the programme dates.

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Volunteer English language assistants stay with and and help a Spanish family with their English, helping them out with homework, playing activities and board games, reading books and comics and general conversation. No TEFL qualifications required.

Where: Madrid.
When: Various dates throughout the year. The programme last six to ten weeks plus there is also a one month summer programme.
Qualifications: Participants should be aged 18 to 30, native English speakers from the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada, and educated to at least A level (or equivalent) standard.
Accommodation: Accommodation and three meals a day with your Spanish host family.
Costs: Registration and programme fees are $725. The one month summer programme is available for $550.

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Sunseed Desert Technology

Battling against the desert in a dusty Spanish village, SDT aims to develop low tech methods of living sustainably in a semi arid environment. Full time volunteers stay for a minimum of five weeks contributing per week for the first four weeks, €85 per week from the fifth week onwards. Those willing and able to stay for one year may be interested in the role of staff coordinator, receiving free board and accommodation and a small weekly allowance.

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Nerja Donkey Sanctuary

This animal shelter in Southern Spain is always looking for volunteers to help with mucking out, general cleaning and sorting, meeting and greeting visitors, donkey grooming, maintenance and transporting animals. Volunteers requiring accommodation need to apply via WWOOF.

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