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Coordinator | Jose
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Make positive impact by sharing your knowledge and time with organizations and contribute to their causes
Improve your spanish by working alonside locals
Become more passionate about your major or interest and propel your career with international experience
Bring home amazing memories from your experience and a fullfilled heart from helping others
Be concerned about the environmental impact of our actions
Learn new skills and contribute to minimize the adverse environmental impact of tourism and get involved in important conservation and research programs. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 14+
Wheel Chairs

The mission of this program is to protect the amazing environment of Bilbao in Northern Spain and allow its people to better thrive. Volunteers will assist in areas such as developing recycling and environmental programs, creating education campaigns, working directly with local community members and within garden and compost projects and generally helping to promote and educate on the importance of waste management.

This project allows volunteers hands-on experience as well as the opportunity to help behind the scenes with administrative tasks including social media, fundraising and promotional efforts, sourcing new alliances and drafting maps.  

Volunteers will be placed according to their personal interests, timeframe and profile. This promises to be a wonderful experience for volunteers to learn about the real Spain, spend time with its people and contribute to its future.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake many of the following tasks:

·                                 Develop recycling programs and workshops

·                                 Assist with hands-on projects such as light photography work, gardening, journalism, nutrition and sorting recycled materials.

  • Maintaining urban gardens and offering mobility challenges to society
  • Conservation  prevention projects
  • Replanting initiatives 
  • Assisting to beautify and maintain parks and biking /walking trails

·                                 Help raise awareness of the project and its importance within Bilbao and beyond, making new alliances and finding ways to grow its impact

·                                 Interact with locals and share personal experiences and ways of life

·                                 Assist with administrative tasks


Volunteers work to conserve, restore, rehabilitate and manage land using conservation tools and people power to improve conservation resources and to provide access for people to enjoy and appreciate nature. You will use social networks, crowdfunding etc  to report all information you get while doing your duties and missions every week

Working in diverse locations from inner-city parks to scenic hilltops overlooking the Atlantic ocean and coastal reserves, volunteers will work on restoring biodiversity in the area, support species protection, help to strengthen community networks, and provide enhanced conservation land for the benefit of future generations

Typical day

The first 2 weeks students take Spanish courses in the mornings from 9.30 to 13.30 Monday to Friday. There is a break between 11.30 to 12. You take a placement test before coming

Volunteers on this program can expect to work for around 3 - 5 hours per day, 4 or 5 days a week, typically Monday through Friday. 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:

1:30 p.m Travel to the project site

2:00 pm Pre-start meeting with the program coordinator


Placements will be tailored both to the volunteer's preferences and skill-set and the needs of the community.


Exact finishing times will depend on the specific project

5:30 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

Bilbao 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, Bilbao is located in Northern Spain 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 Barcelona.

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



In order to join the program you need to be at least 14 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate 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 14:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Instituto Hemingway
 We include;

Pre-arrival support
» Airport pick up
» Accommodation in single room (when possible), shared apartment,  city centre, walking distance to School.
» Spanish courses for the first 2 weeks (20 hours per week) as well as placement test and Certificate upon completion
» Volunteer placement and coordination
» Program orientation
» 24/7 in-country support
» Free leisure and cultural activities
Airport Pickup at Bilbao Airport

The free airport pick up is from Bilbao airport

Our staff will pick you up at the airport and guide you by bus to the accommodation. It takes about 30 minutes from the airport to the accommodation.

You will stay accommodated in a shared apartment single room with a meaningful social and environmental mission.  The apartment has the capacity to accommodate up to 6 conscious travelers who want to visit Bilbao in a responsible way.  
There are various common areas such as kitchen and bathrooms.
The apartment 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 apartment is 10 minutes walking distance to our School and nearest metro stop. 

Bedroom (Single)
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 our program throughout the year. We are totally flexible in terms of dates. The minimum age is 14 but you need to come with a consent form by legal guardians or parents.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
16 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$357 /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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Learn new skills and contribute to minimize the adverse environmental impact of tourism and get involved in important conservation and research programs.


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