Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Spain

Free or Cheap Volunteer Work in Spain

 

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Spain has numerous opportunities for volunteers, from local grassroots organisations to expat projects, house sitting and hostel volunteering. We have more organisations to add to this page so please check back again soon.

 

Grassroots Volunteering in Spain

The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:

Diverbo

www.diverbo.com

Diverbo (formerly Pueblo Ingles) creates English speaking environments 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. 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. Programmes last a week and run most of the year with most dates available in the summer. There is also a programme for teens aged 13 to 17.

Where: Diverbo has grown to several venues across Spain.
Accommodation & Costs: No fee required but volunteers need to cover their own expenses before and after the programme dates. Rural style hotel lodging and food and drinks is provided.

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Sunseed Desert Technology

www.sunseed.org.uk

Situated in an off grid ecovillage, SDT's lively international community made up of staff and volunteers work and learn together to develop, demonstrate, research and communicate alternative low tech methods of living sustainably in a semi arid environment. Volunteers are encouraged to be ambitious, innovative, and experimental. Pushing self projects forward is one of Sunseed’s main objectives.

Where: Near Almeria, in the Southeast of Spain.
Accommodation & Costs: Short term volunteers participate 25 hours per week, Monday to Friday mornings, paying 150€ per week to cover basic accommodation, vegetarian/vegan food and project costs. Longer term volunteers, staying over five weeks, contribute 35 hours and 100€ per week. 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.

Volunteering in Spain

 

Hostel Work Exchanges

Many hostels use help exchange networks (see below) to find volunteer staff but the following either advertise on their websites or are particularly noted for taking on volunteers:

EasyNerja Hostels

www.easynerjahostel.com

invites people to join their volunteer programme and learn Spanish.

 

Other Opportunities to Volunteer in Spain

Feetup Hostels no longer has a page of information on their Work and Travel programme but it remains a tick box on their staff application form so perhaps it is still going. The hostel group has several hostels around the country including in Barcelona, Valencia, Santiago de Compostela and Seville.

MondragonLingua specialises in providing advanced language training services to companies, institutions, private students and schools. As part of a government promoted English language immersion programme for 16 to 20 year-old Spanish students, they take on young enthusiastic volunteers, aged 20 to 25, to help encourage the students to speak English through games, outdoor activities, plays, excursions, meals, etc. The immersion programme takes place in three different locations around Spain each year, for a month each July. Volunteers should be Native English speakers from English speaking countries, preferably university or college students, with good social skills and be eager to learn about Spanish culture. n return they get free University accommodation, four meals a day, health insurance and airfare expenses (total cost covered from the UK and Ireland; €500 paid from Canada and the USA).To apply, send a recent photo and CV stating hobbies, interests and reasons for applying to egonzalez@mondragonlingua.com and you will be contacted for a skype/phone interview.

 

Help Exchange Networks in Spain

Workaway - https://www.workaway.info/hostlist-ES.html
HelpStay - http://www.helpstay.com/projects-abroad?keywords=Spain&XID={XID_HASH}
HelpX - http://www.helpx.net/hostlist.asp?host_region=332&network=3
WWOOF - http://ruralvolunteers.org/WHOSTS/

Another site to consider is Culture Go Go, an online platform that connects people who want to travel with hosts who want to learn English in Italy, Latin America and particularly Spain, where the founders are based and the project began. You help your host practice English through doing everyday activities and hobbies together. In return you get free room and board in your host’s home.

 

Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Spain

Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). Spain usually has house sits available but, if not, you can get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.

 

Volunteer Experiences*

WWOOFING in Spain Part 1: The Lay of the Land - A half time report on a WWOOFing stint in Orgvia.
Volunteering On A Vineyard in the Spanish Pyrenees - Emma Higgins finds she now knows far more Spanish words for construction tools than the average visitor to Spain.
Learning to Speak English - Ayngelina spends a week in Spain with 24 other English speakers creating an environment for Spanish students to learn her language.
Volunteering in a Boutique Hotel in Andalusia, Spain - Els volunteers abroad for the first time, helping out in a hotel run by a British couple.
Habla Ingles? English Language Immersion in Spain - Lisa Lubin enjoys wine and three meals a day in a four star villa. Just for talking.

 

* not all these volunteer experiences are with grassroots NGOs or low cost organisations

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