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Fantastic 4.5rating (85)

Sustainable Urban Permaculture Initiatives

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1 - 50 weeks  ·  Age 15 - 50+

rating  Fantastic 4.5  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Moderate response rate

Highlights

  • Improve your Spanish Skills
  • Learn sustainable farming techniques you can apply in your own life
  • Get hands on in learning in agriculture with real world experiences
  • Returning to organic methods and restructuring what and how crops are grown.
  • Promote awareness on the importance of agriculture and nutrition.

Especially suitable

Age 15+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

About the program

You don't have to be an expert to have a great impact on the conservation and positive management of our natural environments 🌱.

We aim to convey that the knowledge and tools for sustainable living, as well as the capacity to contribute to the well-being of our planet, are within everyone's reach. You don't need to possess expertise, formal environmental qualifications, or a scientific background to make a positive impact on ...

About the program

We aim to convey that the knowledge and tools for sustainable living, as well as the capacity to contribute to the well-being of our planet, are within everyone's reach. You don't need to possess expertise, formal environmental qualifications, or a scientific background to make a positive impact on our Earth.

We don't just offer volunteering opportunities. We empower you to make a difference and learning Spanish at the same time. Engage in hands-on volunteer projects, from community development to environmental conservation, and see the immediate impact of your efforts while improving your language skills.

Our Mission

This is a project and social action initiative in operation since 2022. The project admits up to a capacity of 10 volunteers at one time. There is mutual support between local social services and this project. We offer the opportunity for the poor and less fortunate to have access to fresh and organic foods that normal food banks seldom provide. The initiative seeks to reconnect volunteers with the environment and the earth by reclaiming lost values in modern society, like day-to-day work, patience, perseverance and care.

The Location
Our spots are where anybody can enjoy convenient access to fresh vegetable while walking, biking or driving throughout our City. We offer a warm, welcoming and fun community of people to learn and work with and a chance to live in an incredible and peaceful location in Northern Spain, waking up every morning to remarkable views, the sounds of birds and fresh food.

The Tasks

The produce varies by season or instance, however this aside the tasks are:

Digging ditches, seeding and planting, removing weeds, harmful insects and parasites.

Watering the field, preparing the soil, maintaining signage and creating wooden markers to indicate what is to be planted where.

Building “insect hotels”

Distributing foods and produce to soup kitchens and social services


Being a responsible individual and traveler is the first step in environmental volunteering. It involves considering your impact on the environment, including how you travel and the footprint you leave behind. Always approach your travels as opportunities for learning and enjoyment while maintaining utmost respect for nature and fellow travelers. 

As a relatively new project with expansive plans and resources for growth, we welcome ideas and individuals with experience and expertise in this field. We have ample opportunities for you to contribute creatively to our new initiatives within our serene and picturesque environment.

Objectives

To promote teamwork, create a social awareness of the value of fresh, organic food products, as well as of the commitment involved in making sure the produce reach those most in need. It is important to reflect on the main value which arises in moments doing this work, when much of modern society values contemporary trends like technology and immediacy, this rising value being patience.


It is important to wear old, comfortable clothing that you are okay getting wet or stained, ideally hiking shoes or other appropriate footwear, to bring sun cream and raincoat/umbrella when necessary. Optionally work gloves as well, although we do provide our own. Previous experience is not required, but a good work ethic is invaluable.


Throughout your journey, you will have a dedicated mentor 


Spanish Courses 
Our Bilbao Spanish courses focus on the core elements of language acquisition: oral comprehension and communication, reading, and writing. You'll gain well-rounded proficiency. Forget dry textbooks! Our lessons come alive with lively discussions, engaging projects, role-playing, and stimulating homework. Learning Spanish in Bilbao has never been this dynamic and fun! Our seasoned teachers are your dedicated mentors, here to support you every step of the way on your Spanish learning journey. With their expertise, you'll fully embrace Bilbao and all it has to offer.

Remember that even small contributions have significant consequences for the conservation of flora, fauna, and our natural ecosystem. There's no need for hesitation - take the first step and become an environmental volunteer today!


Typical day

A typical day might look like this

  • During the first 2 weeks, you take Spanish courses in the mornings from 9.30 to 13.30. In the afternoons our work is usually from 3-6 pm. The volunteer´s work consists in coming to the meeting point with the mentor and see the tasks and objectives for each week we ...

Typical day

A typical day might look like this

  • During the first 2 weeks, you take Spanish courses in the mornings from 9.30 to 13.30. In the afternoons our work is usually from 3-6 pm. The volunteer´s work consists in coming to the meeting point with the mentor and see the tasks and objectives for each week we will stay in the project and then ready to go to the vegetable garden and a little bit of hard work.  Sometimes, we may go to another nearby farm where we help to tidy the pastures and paths. All in all, a rewarding project with a meaningful impact on the environment and on those people who are less fortunate. 


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 the above are free of charge for our volunteers. 

At weekends students can also enjoy their passions such as hiking, surfing or going to a ...

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 the above 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.


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 15 years

In order to join the program you need to be at least 15 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 15:00 - 18:00

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Instituto Hemingway

Program fees include
  • Spanish course 20 hours per week for the first 2 weeks
  • Accommodation dorm room (separated by gender) 
  • 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

From Bilbao airport, airport pick up is incl.

Accommodation

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 or private apartment ask for a price difference



We also incl airport pick up and free leisure and cultural activities + accommodation shared apartment + 2 weeks of intensive Spanish courses + Certificates

Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Food & Beverages

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. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

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. GET A QUOTE

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. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

At Instituto Hemmingway, the doors to meaningful experiences are wide open, and your journey can begin on any given Monday, every week of the year. We understand that life has its own rhythm, and flexibility is key to ensuring everyone can embark on this transformative adventure. There is also an orientation on the first Monday.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

1 week (min. stay) 1,000€
2 weeks 1,300€
3 weeks 1,450€
4 weeks 1,600€
8 weeks 3,300€
16 weeks 6,100€
50 weeks (max. stay) 25,000€
Average fees 750€/week

Program fees

750€ per week 1 - 50 weeks Age 15 - 50+

Payment methods

Visa Master Card Maestro American Express PayPal

NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

1 - 50 weeks

Deposit

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

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.


Meet your organization

Instituto Hemingway

Fantastic 4.5 rating (85 reviews)

Agency - founded in 1999

Verified by Volunteer World

  Moderate response rate

Coordinated by

Jose

Spoken languages: Spanish, English

About the project

Instituto Hemingway is a worker-run service cooperative that works the local network of NGOs, associations and social enterprises with international volunteers.

Meet your organization


Our vision is to promote international volunteerism, local associations and social enterprises by strategically matching international volunteer with local talents and creative thinking. Our goal is to function as a hub of innovative ideas and projects that can have a positive impact on Bilbao and the surrounding region. To that purpose we are constructing a community of social innovators - an international network that combines the energy and passion of volunteers from all over the world with the knowledge and skills of local NGOs, associations and social enterprises.

Volunteers work with the International Bilbao Network to support the causes of many Bilbao associations, NGOs, and public schools. Our local partners are committed to fostering social inclusion – in particular with regard to children at risk and migrants – as well as promoting local cultural heritage, English language,  animal care and environmental protection. The different organisations are committed to fostering social inclusion – in particular with regard to children at risk, migrants and homeless – as well as promoting local cultural heritage, English language, and environmental protection.

We are located in downtown Bilbao, just a few meters from  Gran Via in the historical centre. Instituto Hemingway is hosted in a 19th-century building across two floors and a rooftop terrace with a panoramic view.



85 reviews · rating4.5

I was excited to experience a different culture and was not disappointed. Forever grateful for this opportunity. Sometimes not many people in the vegetable garden but always a good ...
Some days due to heavy rain I could not participate in the vegetable garden but on the other hand I could give out lots of food to those ones with no resources. I also took part in volunteering in a nearby ...
Adam Michael Wier rating4.8

2023 at Sustainable Urban Permaculture Initiatives

This program was great for the reason I wanted. I was able to contribute too the agriculture and beach clean program in Spain within a short time frame with very friendly bosses that have an impact on the community. The Spanish lessons are also ...
All things we did for people without resources reached my heart. We donated tomates, lettuces, onions etc and for me it was a rewarding experience. I also understood the importance of eating healthy. ..
Conchita Schneider rating4.6

2023 at Sustainable Urban Permaculture Initiatives

First time as a volunteer and I was not dissapointed. Team welcome and Spanish lessons helped me to progress a lot. Apartments were walking distance to School but vegetable gardens a bit far but OK for ...
It was truly an educating and amazing experience. Vegetable gardens are the best opton to eat healthy and fresh. I learned a lot about this area and about this project. My gratitude to all people ...

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