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Marine & Coast Conservation Supporter

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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.

Background

With almost 1000 kms of Mediterranean coastline, Spain has a rich marine biodiversity and amazing coastal lifestyle to look after. However, with increased tourism, but lesser awareness on ethical traveling, preservation of natural habitats becomes utmost important. The Marine Conservation Program in Spain is an effort towards keeping the coastal areas clean and safe for aquatic lives to survive.

The project

Located in a traditional fishing town called Denia, 100 kms to south of Valencia and home of the Marine Reserve in the Cape of San Antonio, this marine conservation program is a sincere initiative to maintain and nullify the harsh effect of increased tourism on the environment. Volunteers participating in these projects will learn new skills and contribute to minimize the adverse environmental impact of their travel and get involved in important conservation and research programs.

Volunteer work

Some of the main volunteer tasks under this program includes;

  • Monitoring the whales, dolphins and seabirds.
  • Coastal flora and fauna surveys and data collection.
  • Working at the wetland to improve the ecosystems.
  • Turtle monitoring.
  • Coast and underwater cleaning (scuba).
  • Reforestation and forest fire prevention.
  • Learn to accurately identify the targeted species and helping with the logistical operations.

Diving

One does not need to be a licensed diver, but should know how to swim. Depending on the weather conditions, work during the week will combine both water and coastal activities. All necessary equipment will be provided to the volunteers on the days when underwater tasks are to be done. For those, who are looking for proper diving classes, it can be arranged as well on an additional cost. 

Continue the conservation work from where our previous volunteers left it, and contribute your time and efforts to keep the coastal areas clean, as well as make sure that the aquatic wildlife gets a livable habitat. 

Typical day

A typical volunteer life under this project is as described below:

  • Volunteers will work from Monday to Friday in the morning (approximately between 8am -1pm), and depending on the weather conditions work during the week will combine both water and coastal activities.
  • For the rest of the day, volunteers will have time to relax and go to the beach, join our cultural activities, explore the city, practice sports and go for tapas.
  • Occasionally, volunteers are expected to work half days on Saturdays or Sundays, but normally weekends are free to explore the beautiful surrounding area or to travel to other cities. Our local staff will give advice and help organize your trips!

Details on Arrival

Below are the available start dates for this program:

2018

April:29
May:13,27
June:10,24
July: 08,22
August: 05,19
September: 02

The arrival date is the same as program start date. So, for example, if you have selected 3rd September as your program start date, you have to be in Valencia on 3rd September.

Free-time activities

Spain is one country where you don't have to search for things to do; they come to you automatically. Depending on your project placement, you will get evenings and the weekends free,  to travel and explore the places.

In the evenings, volunteers usually get together and go out for social gatherings. Weekends are free for the volunteers and you can go for short weekend trips. In Spain, you’ll see a magnitude of interesting sights. Visit the artistic Barcelona, the grandiose Royal Palace in Madrid, the imposing Catedral de la Almudena, the golden triangle of museums, Mezquita of Cordoba Ancient streets and many Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic or Romanesque monuments. Trust us, you will not get enough of the Spanish cities!

Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Museum/Opera

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) and Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Required Documents
CV, Insurance and Passport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Swimming and interest in conservation work
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 13:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
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On-site services

Services by Volunteering Solutions

The total cost for the program includes;

  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  • Airport Pickup at Valencia
  • Orientation & Training
  • City Tour & Leisure activities
  • Accommodation in an apartment

Airport Pickup at Valencia Airport

Volunteers are provided pickup from the Valencia or Alicante Airport. Each applicant must mention their flight details in their application, so that the local coordinator in Valencia be informed about their arrival dates and timings; in order to arrange airport pickup on time. 

Accommodation

Volunteer Accommodation is provided in a single room in a shared apartment. Accommodation is very comfortable with good facilities available (please see pics). The rooms are well furnished and the apartment has a fully functional kitchen as well. Volunteers who want to cook their own meals can do so.

Guesthouse 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 Valencia Airport (VLC) in Valencia. 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)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,500.00
3 weeks
$1,850.00
4 weeks
$2,170.00
5 weeks
$2,490.00
6 weeks
$2,810.00
7 weeks
$3,130.00
8 weeks
$3,450.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$8,570.00
Average fees
$554.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Denia/Spain between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteering Solutions 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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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