Art Therapy

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Coordinator | Jose
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Experience the Spanish way of life and enjoy siestas, participate in our free leisure and cultural activities
Gain Spanish fluency by taking Spanish courses with us for the first 2 weeks (You can extend it) and sharing daily life with the communities.
Become more passionate about your hobby and propel your career with international experience
Make memories you will never forget during our excursions and tours with your fellow participants seeing our abundant natural resources and tourist attractions.
Give yourself the opportunity to experience creativity and learn art techniques while helping others in a rewarding volunteer experience
Be a part of Disabled Care Volunteering Program to work in a school for mentally challenged students This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Wheel Chairs

How you can help

Be a part of Disabled Care Volunteering Program  to work in a school for mentally challenged  students of different age groups ranging from children to adults in their thirties. The students have a variety of learning difficulties and special needs.

Communication in Spanish isn’t an absolute must, what’s important is being able to connect with the students in any way possible. The leaders of the organization also work in English, so no need to be worried about your language level.

The project is located in an urban area of Bilbao. Working with those people will make you realize how valuable your role can be, in their lives. 

 Volunteers in this program work as class assistants of different classes supporting the teachers in different activities during the mornings or afternoons. We include indoor games, art & craft activities to help students in their learning process.


Opportunity to volunteer for disabled people  

Work in a local school for mentally challenged  students

Responsibilities include teaching them, playing with them, organizing art and craft class, music sessions and more

Network with local artists and volunteer program staff

By joining this project, volunteers also contribute toward helping local communities with their own art donation.

Assisting the staff to take care of the students’ safety when they are taken for outdoor activities such as shopping, going to a park, going to the library

Volunteers can expect to;

Participate in a diverse range of community projects

Giving yourself the opportunity to experience creativity and learn art techniques

Design activities and learn more about art

assist the students in their daily lives, and help them to progress in life in spite of the disabilities they have

This is for volunteers who love to learn new things, meet new people, and more importantly, make a difference by using their knowledge and skills enriching others lives while enriching their own. 

Typical day

There are 2 different shifts to choose from; 9,30 to 1,30 and 4 to 7 p.m

Typical day

Volunteers on this program can expect to work for around 3 - 4 hours per day, 4 or 5 days a week, typically Monday through Friday. There is always an specific mentor or coordinator in the program to guide the volunteers

When not volunteering participants are free to enjoy this incredible city! 

Volunteer schedules depend on the needs at the time of placement but a typical day is likely to look something like this:

4.00  Meeting with the program coordinator 

4:15 pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START Placements will be tailored both to the volunteer's preferences, skills set and the needs of the community.

6:45 pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END Exact finishing times will depend on the specific project 

6:55 pm De-brief with the project coordinator 

Evenings, nights and weekends are free time to enjoy the sights, beaches sounds, vibes, cuisine and entertainment on offer in Bilbao.

Free-time activities

During weekdays we organize free leisure and cultural activities such as salsa lessons, wine tasting, excursions, tapas tours or visits to museums. All of them are free of charge for our volunteers. At weekends students can also enjoy their passions such as hiking, surfing or going to a winery. The area is full of potential activities to enjoy beaches and mountains.  You can also enjoy the astonishing areas where some of the chapters of  game of thrones was played. Be sure that Saint James walk is also going through Bilbao. To sum up, a place where you can not get bored.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) or Spanish (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 16:00 - 19:00

What's Included

Services by Instituto Hemingway

  • Spanish course 20 hours per week for the first 2 weeks
  • Accommodation dorm room
  • Equipment
  • Free leisure and cultural activities during weekdays
  • Supervisor and regular evaluation meetings during your program 
  • Support 24 hours and 7 days a week from our associated local staff.
  • Certificate of volunteering at the end as well as the Spanish course with the level achieved. 
  • Center Accredited by the Cervantes Institute 
  • Volunteering 20 hours per week max

Airport Pickup at Bilbao Airport

Airport pick-up from Bilbao airport included

We provide dorm room in shared apartment city centre.  Wifi, cleaner once per week, kitchen, bathrooms etc in a walking distance to our School. In case you want a single room ask for a price difference

Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Dorm Room
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Bilbao Airport (BIO) in Bilbao. We assist you to find cheap flights to Spain.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Spain provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Spain you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Spain.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

You can join us any Monday all year round. Totally flexible. Orientation and supervison included. Better to arrive to accommodation at weekends.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
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50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$327 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Instituto Hemingway will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Instituto Hemingway during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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