Native Forest Conservation

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founded in 2015
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Coordinator | Sara
Coordinator | Sara
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High­lights

Create an impact while traveling
Help to create more and more spaces for ecological regeneration and biodiversity in Catalonia
Meet other like-minded volunteers from all over the world
Get to know one of the most beautiful cities in the world
Learn Spanish while engaged in the project
The recovery of native forests is the main objective of the Forest Conservation program in Barcelona. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Environmental inheritances that we want to recover and offer to future generations and the entire ecosystem.
The coast of Catalonia system has suffered over the past few years a marked degradation, with the replacement of the autotune forest by monocultures and urbanizations that have created heavy environmental imbalances, not only in watercourses but also in the biodiversity of fauna and flora. All over the world, we are witnessing this phenomenon, which is not natural and that has contributed to the acceleration of climate change, the loss of biodiversity, the degradation of soils, and the contamination of watercourses.

But it is possible to reverse this trend and create more and more spaces for ecological regeneration and biodiversity, with the support of the whole community, and you as a volunteer can be part of it! This program seeks to enhance the natural heritage, reduce environmental damage, regenerate and recover natural spaces, and therefore promote biodiversity and restore ecological functions, mostly through the restoration of the native forest.

The role of the volunteer, as part of the field team, is to study and learn about each species, areas, and forests, and take different actions depending on the time of the year. The fieldwork tasks can include: maintenance of planted native trees and shrubs where irrigation, mowing, and padding with organic matter are the most usual activities; but also planting native trees and shrubs; cleaning the natural environment areas; and harvest and sow oak acorn seeds, one of the most characteristic trees in this area.

Most of the activities are based in surrounding areas of Barcelona, so the travel distance from the accommodation to the volunteering site is about one hour and a half with public transports.

The volunteer will be working side by side with the coordinators of the projects, absorbing their botanical wisdom and accompanying and supporting them in all their daily tasks, not only in the reforested areas but also in the tree nurseries where it all starts.

When joining the program in the Winter, the volunteer should be prepared to have lower temperatures of between 40-60 ° F (5-15 ° C), and come equipped with warm clothing. If the volunteer is planning on coming during the Summer, when temperatures range between 77-100ºF (25-38ºC), comfortable and light clothes are recommended. Clothes that can be damaged and dirty are recommended for the whole year.

Typical day

The programs start on Monday when the orientation day takes place and consists of a morning orientation session and a city tour in the afternoon. On Tuesday, the local team places you in your project and gives you all support to help you feel integrated. From Tuesday on, you will have a morning, afternoon or evening shift at the placement and will work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day. Weekends are free to explore Barcelona, other cities of Spain or even Europe.

A typical schedule is as follows:

08:00 a.m. || Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation

10:00 a.m. ||  (1) Travel to your project site to join the local staff and begin work or (2) Explore the city, relax, attend Spanish language lessons or enroll other activities if you have an afternoon project

01:30 p.m. || Lunch is served at the accommodation. In the morning you can grab a “packed lunch” to have in the city or at your placement.

02:30 p.m. ||  (1) Travel to your project site to join the local staff and begin work or (2) Explore the city, relax, attend Spanish language lessons or enroll other activities if you have an afternoon project.

08:00 p.m. || Dinner at the accommodation. After dinner you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.

Free-time activities

Barcelona is an enchanting seaside city with boundless culture, fabled architecture, sun-drenched beaches, and picturesque neighborhoods. Every month there's a different celebration or main event in the city. If you happen to be around, check the festivities calendar for that month! Also, Barcelona is located in the region of Catalonia with amazing spots to discover, from paradisiac beaches to outstanding hiking trails and ancient villages. The transportation network in Spain is very complete which allows you to visit easily other cities in Spain like Madrid, Sevilla or Bilbao.

The local team will give you the best tips to make the most out of your stay.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Winter Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
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

What's Included

Services by ImpacTrip

The program fee covers:

» Pre-arrival support
» Airport pick up
» Accommodation in a dorm-style
» Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
» Volunteer placement and coordination
» Program orientation
» 24/7 in-country support
» Discounts on tours and language lessons

Airport Pickup at Barcelona-El Prat Airport
Our staff will pick you up at the airport and guide you through the metro to the accommodation. It takes about 25 minutes from the airport to the accommodation.
Accommodation
You will stay accommodated in a social hostel with a meaningful social and environmental mission.  The Hostel has the capacity to accommodate up to 200 conscious travelers who want to visit Barcelona in a responsible way.  
There are various common areas such as dining room, living room, room balconies, outside areas surrounded by nature and a pool to refresh in the summer.  

The hostel is in a neighborhood where you can find everything you need: local coffee shops, supermarkets, ATMs, hospital, police and most utilities you will need just around the corner. The Hostel is 5 minutes walking from the metro stop and has a few buses running by that can bring you to the city center. The airport is just 15 minutes away by public transportation. 
But what is really unique about it is its social and sustainable concept. The hostel is actually a social business for a non-profit ran in the same building. The non-profit develops a wide range of programs, campaigns and activities for children and youth, their families and third sector organizations. The hostel also has a sustainability and accessibility commitment reflected on measures such as renewable energy production, selective waste collection, etc. 
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
We will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hostel everyday. The hostel restaurant offers meals with fresh local ingredients everyday for all volunteers in a very Spanish style and they are prepared to accommodate most diet restrictions such as vegan and vegetarians, gluten-free and lactose intolerant. 
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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) in Barcelona. 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Our staff will pick you up at the airport and guide you through the metro to the accommodation. It takes about 25 minutes from the airport to the accommodation.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$970
2 weeks
$1,374
3 weeks
$1,779
4 weeks
$2,183
6 weeks
$2,992
8 weeks
$3,801
12 weeks (max. stay)
$5,418
Average fees
$711 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. ImpacTrip 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 ImpacTrip during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Native Forest Conservation

The recovery of native forests is the main objective of the Forest Conservation program in Barcelona.

$711/week

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