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Volunteer in Spain

Volunteer in Spain

Explore International Volunteer HQ’s popular Spain volunteer abroad program. Choose from a wide range of trusted Spain volunteer projects, including Animal Care, Youth Support, Marine Conservation, Forest Conservation, Content Creator For Impact and Special Needs Support. Volunteer work in Spain is based in the iconic and captivating beachside city, Barcelona. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 137,000 travellers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organisation in Spain.

Highlights:
  • 9 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from AU$1225 for 1 week
  • Includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, breakfast and lunch and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a dormitory-style hostel in Barcelona

  • Affordable Spanish language lessons available in-country

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Key information

Fully hosted experience from AU$1225
Volunteer from 1 - 12 weeks
Ages 18+
Based in the city of Barcelona
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization
Spanish language lessons available

Volunteer opportunities in Spain

Protects animals

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$1225

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
  • Based in animal shelters
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Assist a local animal shelter for cats, keeping the animals fed, clean and active so they have the best chance of being successfully re-homed.

Supports community development

2-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$1947

  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
  • Based with Barcelona nonprofits
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Volunteer with nonprofits in Barcelona that help support those living in poverty and facing inequalities. Help marginalized communities by teaching them new skills, improving their access to services, or helping integrate them socially, such as through sports.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$1225

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
  • Based with local NGOs
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Volunteer with a range of good community initiatives, using your experience to provide valuable assistance in web development, marketing material, film and photography.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$1947

  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
  • Local community initiatives
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Help to redistribute unused food from local supermarkets to vulnerable communities throughout Barcelona.

Conserves the environment

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$1225

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
  • Based in the Cubelles forests near Barcelona
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Regenerate native forests and preserve precious ecosystems as a Forest Conservation volunteer on the beautiful Catalonia coast of Spain.

Conserves the environment

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$1759

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
  • Based at local diving clubs
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Learn and improve your scuba diving skills to clean and research the marine environment off the coast of Barcelona, helping to remove rubbish and preserve the ecosystem for marine life.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$1225

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
  • Based in host centres
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Cook for and socialise with young refugees and migrants at a host centre in Barcelona to help them learn English, connect with different cultures, and integrate into Spanish society.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$1947

  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
  • Based in centres for people with disabilities
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Volunteer in centers for the disabled, assisting with activities, care, therapy, exercise and operational tasks.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$1947

  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
  • Based in after-school centres
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Volunteer in after school programs for underprivileged young people, enabling a safe environment for productive spare time, extra curricular activities and supplementary learning.

What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Yunzhu Wang
03 May 2024

The local team is very nice and helped to organize everything. The coaches in the diving club were very nice to work with as well, and the work was so meaningful. I'll definitely take part in more volunteer work like this in the future. Barcelona is a beautiful and historical city, it's definitely worth a visit.

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Serica Battaglia
10 Apr 2024

Volunteering with IVHQ on two occasions has been the best thing I have ever done! The guidance and preparation resources received from IVHQ really was brilliant! Thank you so much! I couldn’t have asked for more, they were incredible! The people you meet and work alongside, the other volunteers you meet during your time, they really are people for life! The projects I volunteered on were rewarding, you really felt that you made an impact! If you’re hesitant, book it, go, and experience something completely different, you honestly won’t regret it! It will be life changing!

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Steven Blalock
19 Mar 2024

I think our group gained a real-life and important view of the challenges people face even in a high-profile tourist center that is Barcelona. We were provided a glimpse of the realities of homeless people and the challenges they face on a daily basis. We were also provided a glimpse of how organizations assist folks with accessing basic needs like clothing, food, and showers. An added complexity to this was that many of the homeless and housing insecure folks we worked with were also immigrants or refugees and had the extra obstacles of transitioning to a new country, language, and culture.

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Sadie Yoder
29 Jan 2024

IVHQ and the local team were great - I was able to reach out with questions and get feedback in a timely manner. The orientation was very helpful and comprehensive. The local center we worked with was so sweet and patient with me and my language limitations. Volunteering in a new culture can be uncomfortable or awkward at times, but it is very worth it! You won't regret the experience or new friends you make.

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Erika Poynter
20 Dec 2023

I gained a lot of insight towards my future endeavors. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the team within the kitchen, as well as the extra programs I briefly joined. It gave me a lot of reassurance about what I want to do with my career and how I want to direct it. I didn’t have any reservations but I can empathize with the international aspect. I would encourage anyone on the fence to open their hearts to experiencing the world and trying to rehabilitate it. There’s a significant amount of value to humbling yourself an apolitical way for the good of the world.

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Macy Hubbard
02 Aug 2023

The preparation checklist was really helpful and so were the email reminders, they helped me to stay organized. Also, thanks to my Program Manager for being there to answer any questions I had and for always responding so quickly! The in-country volunteer coordinator was so amazing and I felt so grateful to have her there to guide me. She was available no matter what time it was.

My favorite moment was meeting the children on the first day of my placement, they were so excited to meet me and welcomed me with open arms. I will never ever forget it! I learnt more about myself and realized that it's so important to live in the moment and take everything in. Jump right in and do it - it’s scary at first but will turn out to be the most incredible adventure where you will learn so much about yourself and the world around you.

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Free-time experiences & tours in Spain

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Spain! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Spain program.

Spanish Language Lessons - Ten Hour Intensive Class
Spanish Language Lessons - Ten Hour Intensive Class

Want to improve your Spanish language skills while volunteering in Spain? There’s no better time or more affordable way to gain confidence speaking, reading and writing in Spanish!

From AU$512
Spanish Language Lessons - Ten Hour Intensive Class
Spanish Language Lessons - Ten Hour Intensive Class

Want to improve your Spanish language skills while volunteering in Spain? There’s no better time or more affordable way to gain confidence speaking, reading and writing in Spanish!

From AU$512

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