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Ocean Conservation

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founded in 2015
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Coordinator | Sara
Coordinator | Sara
As an ocean conservation volunteer, you’ll be using and improving your scuba diving skills while being actively involved in restoring the natural ecosystem. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Highlights

  • Contribute to Ocean Protection in Barcelona
  • Discover and explore a vibrant city full of new experiences
  • Learn Spanish and practice with locals
  • Meet people from all over the world and understand more about their cultures
  • Create memories you will never forget!

Marine Conservation volunteers provide support to underwater clean-up efforts, helping to reduce ocean pollution and conserve marine life. As an ocean conservation volunteer, you’ll be using and improving your scuba diving skills while being actively involved in restoring the natural state of the marine ecosystem of the Mediterranean. 


When having no diving experience, volunteers will have to gain some before engaging in any underwater conservation activities. The Program Fee covers the cost of the required online and in-person training, full scuba equipment, and volunteer supervision from an experienced dive instructor. All volunteers complete internationally recognized PADI diving certifications. Depending on your current diving experience and the length of your stay you’ll complete a certification ranging from Open Water Diver to Advanced Open Water Diver. The project works with a local diving school, therefore you are always supervised by an experienced dive instructor.

By joining this project you’ll become part of a worldwide movement of passionate people dealing with the global challenge of litter and the impact human development is having on the marine environment. All efforts on the project work towards the vision of healthier oceans, thriving ecosystems and a clean coastline. As part of this, your tasks as a volunteer can include collecting trash from the sea, logging information on items collected, learning more about the marine ecosystem and how to protect it, and observing and identifying fish. Please, note in your application when you apply for the program if you have any existing dive certifications.

Typical day

After the initial orientation day, you will have a morning, afternoon or evening shift at your placement and will work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day. Please note that start times and daily workload depends on the project that you are participating on. 

A typical schedule is as follows:
7 – 10 am | Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation 
10 am | Travel to the diving center to join local placement staff and get training and dive.
13.30 pm | Lunch is served at the accommodation. In the morning you can grab a “packed lunch” to have in the city or at your placement
2 – 7 pm | Explore the city, relax, attend Spanish language lessons or enroll other activities
8 – 10 pm | Dinner at the accommodation. After dinner you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish. 

Note: Monday’s welcome session and city tour online happen in the first week. The following weeks it’s a regular day of volunteering.  

Details on Arrival

Every second and fourth Sundays of each month.

Free-time activities

Barcelona is an enchanting seaside city with boundless culture, fabled architecture, sun-drenched beaches and picturesque neighborhoods. In this guide you’ll find practical information and some tips to make the most out of your stay.


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! Most like those will be vibrant happenings.

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

Program 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)
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 09:00 - 13:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
ImpacTrip (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by ImpacTrip
What’s included? 
Accommodation at a dormitory at a sustainable and social hostel (Private rooms are also available for upgrade) 
Three meals a day, everyday: breakast, lunch and dinner (Spanish style)  (Vegetarian, gluten-free and meals for lactose-intolerant are also available upon request) 
Pick-up at the airport (At any time) 
 
Guided city tour (2 hours) 
 
Placement coordination with each non-profit 
 
Free maps, city guides and the best tips to discover the city! 
 
Materials for the volunteer activities 
 
Support 24/7 365 days a year at anytime 

Insurance 
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 Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel
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.
Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 1,730
2 weeks
$ 2,115
3 weeks
$ 2,500
4 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,885
Average fees
$ 1,226 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in El Prat de Llobregat/Spain between 1 week and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. ImpacTrip will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Spain.
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 cash at arrival at the project site.
  Europe Southern Europe Spain  El Prat de Llobregat, Carrer del Riu Anoia 44

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