With its origins in the ancient Roman period and its terrain littered with castles, Spain invites you to submerge yourself in its exquisite landscape. Once the most powerful empire in the world following the discovery of the Americas, Spain became a democracy as recently as 1978. Spain encompasses the majority of the Iberian Peninsula, facing Africa to the south and France to the east. This central placement, and its turbulent history, resulted in a country with unique African and European characteristics. Volunteers often note with surprise that Spain is not a tropical country. The climate differs greatly by region. Dancing, tapas, rich folklore, close-knit family life, historic traditions and plenty of outdoor activities are just a few of the things you can look forward to enjoying during your stay here.
United Planet is the US and Canadian partner of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Spain, you will be hosted by AFAIJ, ICYE’s partner organization. AFAIJ was created in response to needs all over Europe and, thanks to volunteers, fulfills its vision for providing training and international participation in community projects.
Volunteers have the opportunity to work in children’s homes and schools of all levels. Responsibilities include aiding in the teaching of English, organizing activities, participating in daily school functions, and becoming a member of the school community.
Work in homes for the disabled or for those affected by certain medical conditions, such as HIV/AIDS. Volunteer tasks include daily organizational support, caring for residents, and participation in workshops, such as carpentry, gardening, or painting.
Built in the 1300’s, the Alcazar was originally founded as a Moorish fort for the Cordoban governors of Seville. Multiple palaces were built within the Alcazar and when Christian Fernando III captured Seville in 1248, he took up residence in the Alcazar. You can go on a tour of this historic landmark that is a beautiful example of Arabic architecture.
Bullfighting has always been a long standing tradition in Spain and it is one of the cultural activities that Spain is known for. Visit Ronda, the city where bullfighting has been said to have originated there. If you visit during the first week of September, you will be able to experience the best known festival in Ronda, the Feria Goyesca de Pedro Romero. The festival’s biggest event is a bullfight that takes place on the first Saturday of the month.
Visit the city of Barcelona and see Gaudi’s most famous work, La Sagrada Familia. This is Gaudi’s most famous piece and it is also unfinished; he died before the Roman Catholic basilica. Work is still being done to finish the basilica and it is estimated that it will be finished in 2026. Tours of the basilica are available to the public and are highly recommended as La Sagrada de Familia is described as Barcelona’s most well known attractions.
Experience and consume a huge part of Spain’s culture, its food. People in Spain love their food, they eat almost four to five times a day. While in a country that loves food so much, you need to sample the wide variety of food that is basically at your fingertips. From Tapas and Pallea to Croquetas, there are endless amounts of food options for you to try.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6 month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline|
|August 2016||$10,195||$13,495||Monday, March 21, 2016||Monday, May 23, 2016|
|January 2017||$10,195||$13,495||Friday, August 12, 2016||Friday, September 16, 2016|
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don’t just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.