Location
  • Spain
    • Bilbao
    • Tenerife
    • Malaga
Length
2 to 48 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
16
Age Max
99
Timeframe
Short Term Year Round
Housing
Apartment
Groups
Small Group (1-15)
Travel Type
Budget Family Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
935
Price Details
The Basic package includes 4 Weeks of Volunteering. Every project can be extended and has different rates for extension weeks. You will find them at our homepage. Please note: prices may vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations!
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Some Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Nov 25, 2021
May 25, 2022
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About Program

Rainbow Garden Village offers a large variety of volunteer programs in Spain. The main fields of activity are here social projects, conservation programs and especially projects in animal welfare. Most of our volunteer projects are located in Bilbao, but there are also some available in Tenerife and Andalusia.

During your volunteer work abroad you not only have the chance to assist where help is needed, but also to travel and experience Spain. Visit Cities, like Valencia, Madrid and Barcelona or travel to the Canary Islands or Mallorca. Go hiking, relax at the beaches, enjoy the good food and create new friendships with fellow volunteers.

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Program Highlights

  • Individual Consultation and Organization of your entire stay
  • Certificate of attendance, which will improve your CV
  • Amazing leisure time offers such as scuba diving, paragliding and surf lessons
  • Small Groups with up to 12 international volunteers

Popular Programs

Dolphins and Whales in the Marine Conservation Project in Tenerife

Inquisitive and highly motivated people are needed for the whale project on the beautiful island of Tenerife. Among other things, it is about collecting research data of the pilot whales that live here, in order to protect the whale population. Also the education about animal welfare and environmental protection and the consequences of whaling are in the foreground. Join in!

Volunteer takes care of a dog in the Animal Welfare Project in Bilbao

Combine volunteering in an animal welfare project with dogs and cats with a stay abroad in Spain and learn a lot about Spain's culture. You'll work with street dogs and cats and help find them new homes. It's also a great opportunity to make new friends - you'll see, friendships made on trips like this last forever.

Volunteers at the Social Entrepreneur Project for environmental Protection

In this project in northern Spain, volunteers from all over the world are deployed in areas such as developing recycling and environmental programs, creating awareness campaigns, working directly with local community members and within gardening and composting projects, and generally promoting and educating about the importance of waste management, nutrition, recycling, and improving citizens' lives in terms of mobility and creative solutions for a better world.

Volunteer working with Children in the Art Therapy Project

Become part of an institution for the disabled and work in a school for mentally handicapped students. Get involved by playing with the students, learning with them and, above all, helping with the organization of arts and crafts.

Volunteers at the Beach Cleaning Project in Bilbao

In this project you clean beaches in Spain directly at the sea. You can set a good example with your activity here and encourage people through your behavior to also help and, for example, to pick up trash when leaving the beach and thus make a contribution to the protection of nature, the sea and the environment. Together for healthy waters and a green nature!

Volunteer at the Horse Project in Andalusia

As far as the keeping and proper handling of horses is concerned, many horse owners in Andalusia still have a lot of catching up to do. For example, horses are often tied up, hoof care is inadequate and medical care is hardly available. That's why we need you to learn how to take care of horses in this project and then pass on the knowledge to protect the animals. You will also take care of the horses yourself.

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Maxi
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Animal Welfare Project in Bilbao, Spain

Arrival at the project
I spent November and December 2021 at the animal welfare project in Bilbao. My arrival went as I planned it without any problems. I took the flight from Munich to Bilbao and met José at the airport. We went to the accommodation together by bus.

My tasks in the project
On two to three days per week we worked for about three hours in the shelter, a mixture of animal shelter and day care for dogs. The operator Marco mostly took care of the tasks like feeding the animals and cleaning the shelters himself, we volunteers were primarily there to give the dogs a good time.
We went for walks with them, cuddled them and played with them. Despite the rainy weather, it was always a really nice time with the dogs, who were always very happy about our visit. We had a lot of fun and quickly made many four-legged friends.
Once a week we had the opportunity to help in a rescue center for cats. The station is located in Bilbao and we could reach it by metro. There we helped to clean the shelters of the cats and to give them medicine. In addition, of course, there was no shortage of playing and petting.

My accommodation
As already mentioned, I lived in a shared apartment with eight other young women. The most beautiful thing was that completely diverse nationalities met: USA, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Bolivia, France and Germany. I lived in a room with three other girls. It was definitely big enough for us all.
The apartment was located very central and we reached the language school within ten minutes by foot. We had our Spanish classes there. It was also very near to the old town or the shopping area of Bilbao. Right next to the house you can find numerous supermarkets as well as pharmacies, bakeries and cafes.

Food in Bilbao
There are plenty of food options in Bilbao, especially if you like to try Pintxos (small meal - similar to tapas). Unfortunately, vegetarians often have little choice when eating out and have to resort to either tortillas or desserts. If you are unsure whether something is vegetarian, it is better to ask, because it usually contains meat or fish. Apart from Spanish specialties, there are numerous international restaurants so that everybody could find something to eat.

Free time and activities
The language classes were always from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and after that we were mostly with the dogs or the cats. Sometimes the projects were cancelled because of the rain, so we had the afternoon off.
However, the language school always offered activities, so we went wine tasting, ice skating, or tried churros con chocolate, for example. This was great to get to know more people and was a lot of fun.
We definitely had enough free time to explore the city and relax.
On a Sunday, I took a day trip to San Sebastián. It takes about two hours by bus, but the prices are very affordable. The city is really beautiful and definitely worth a visit when being in Bilbao.

My departure
Everything worked out wonderfully on the way back despite the pandemic. I went to the airport with another volunteer and flew directly to Munich. Looking back, the best part was definitely the time with the dogs! It was a great project and I would definitely do it again!

5 people found this review helpful.
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Melanie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Animal Welfare Project in Bilbao

Arrival at the project
I spent November and December 2021 at the animal welfare project in Bilbao. My arrival went as I planned it without any problems. I took the flight from Munich to Bilbao and met José at the airport. We went to the accommodation together by bus.

My tasks in the project
On two to three days per week we worked for about three hours in the shelter, a mixture of animal shelter and day care for dogs. The operator Marco mostly took care of the tasks like feeding the animals and cleaning the shelters himself, we volunteers were primarily there to give the dogs a good time.
We went for walks with them, cuddled them and played with them. Despite the rainy weather, it was always a really nice time with the dogs, who were always very happy about our visit. We had a lot of fun and quickly made many four-legged friends.
Once a week we had the opportunity to help in a rescue center for cats. The station is located in Bilbao and we could reach it by metro. There we helped to clean the shelters of the cats and to give them medicine. In addition, of course, there was no shortage of playing and petting.

My accommodation
As already mentioned, I lived in a shared apartment with eight other young women. The most beautiful thing was that completely diverse nationalities met: USA, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Bolivia, France and Germany. I lived in a room with three other girls. It was definitely big enough for us all.
The apartment was located very central and we reached the language school within ten minutes by foot. We had our Spanish classes there. It was also very near to the old town or the shopping area of Bilbao. Right next to the house you can find numerous supermarkets as well as pharmacies, bakeries and cafes.

Food in Bilbao
There are plenty of food options in Bilbao, especially if you like to try Pintxos (small meal - similar to tapas). Unfortunately, vegetarians often have little choice when eating out and have to resort to either tortillas or desserts. If you are unsure whether something is vegetarian, it is better to ask, because it usually contains meat or fish. Apart from Spanish specialties, there are numerous international restaurants so that everybody could find something to eat.

Free time and activities
The language classes were always from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and after that we were mostly with the dogs or the cats. Sometimes the projects were cancelled because of the rain, so we had the afternoon off.
However, the language school always offered activities, so we went wine tasting, ice skating, or tried churros con chocolate, for example. This was great to get to know more people and was a lot of fun.
We definitely had enough free time to explore the city and relax.
On a Sunday, I took a day trip to San Sebastián. It takes about two hours by bus, but the prices are very affordable. The city is really beautiful and definitely worth a visit when being in Bilbao.

My departure
Everything worked out wonderfully on the way back despite the pandemic. I went to the airport with another volunteer and flew directly to Munich. Looking back, the best part was definitely the time with the dogs! It was a great project and I would definitely do it again!

4 people found this review helpful.

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