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From the sun kissed beaches to ski resorts, Spain offers a unique blend of adventure and tranquillity that appeals to all kinds of travellers. Whether you’re on a sabbatical or gap year, backpacker or retiree, there truly is something for everyone. This includes a variety of meaningful projects and volunteer opportunities that allow you to head off the beaten track in this incredible country. Whether you prefer the vibrant cities of Barcelona and Seville or island hopping around the Canaries, there are countless highlights and hidden gems waiting for you.

Reasons to volunteer in Spain

  • Learn Spanish: Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world, with over 460 million native speakers. It is the official language in 21 countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Chile and you’ve guessed it… Spain! Volunteering with Workaway is one of the best ways to learn Spanish and with it being so widely spoken, knowledge of the language can open up a wide range of career and travel opportunities.
  • Beach Culture: Craving some sunshine, sea and sand? From Costa del Sol to Mallorca, Spain offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This means there is a demand for volunteers who want to celebrate the sea through environmental projects, surf camps, boating and sailing, marine conservation and more.
  • Taste Traditional Tapas: Spanish cuisine is renowned worldwide thanks to traditional treats such as Paella, tapas and gazpacho all paired with sweet sangria. With Workaway you don’t just get to eat like a local, but you can learn how to cook like a local too, especially if you choose a homestay or farmstay experience.
  • Art Everywhere: SO many world famous artists come from Spain. You’ve likely already heard of the genius works of Antoni Gaudi whose iconic works are dotted all over Barcelona including La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and Colonia Güell. However, Spain is incredibly inspiring for budding artists as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Sali and Francisco Goya also called this incredible country home. If you’re the creative type, you won’t struggle to find community projects, schools and even hostels that need your artistic flair to help flourish.
  • Island Life: Many people don’t realise Spain has 48 inhabited islands. Of these islands, there are two major archipelagos: The Balearic Islands which includes Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca. Then the Canary Islands which includes the islands of Fuerteventura, La Gomera, Gran Canaria, El Hierro, Lanzarote, La Palma and Tenerife. Each of these islands has their own unique charm, and transport between the islands is relatively straightforward. Better yet, we have hosts dotted across the majority, so volunteers are spoiled for choice!

Regional Highlights of Spain

To help you plan your visit to Spain, there are 17 main regions - yes SEVENTEEN! From the sun-kissed beaches of Andalusia to the artistic allure of Catalonia, each region offers unique experiences, food and locals for an unforgettable trip. You can use these regions to find the perfect base for your travels, and then browse thousands of Workaway hosts dotted all over the country.


If you crave the coast, head to this region! Andalusia covers some of the best coastlines of Spain including the golden sands of Costa del Sol and the rugged beauty of Costa del Almería.

If you can drag yourself away from the beaches, you can discover the heart of Moorish Spain thanks to historic cities like Granada (home to the famous Alhambra palace and fortress) and Córdoba, which has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other city in the world!

Seville is also a city not to be missed. Not only is it the birthplace of flamenco, the passionate soul-stirring Spanish dance and music but it is a city bustling with tapas bars, vibrant street markets and lively nightlife. If you can, time your stay during Semana Santa (Holy Week) or Feria de Abril as these are two iconic events that showcase Seville's deeply rooted religious and cultural traditions.


From seaside cities to ski resorts - Spain really does have it all. Adventure seekers and hikers will fall in love with this region, located on the French border as it is home to the Aragonese Pyrenees mountains. Here you will find a number of ski resorts including Aramón Cerler and Aramón Formigal-Panticosa.

Alternatively, venture into the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to discover breathtaking canyons, waterfalls, and diverse wildlife. As a tip, Aragon is less frequented by tourists, so compared to other regions in Spain, you can expect a more authentic experience away from the crowds. The best news is, we have nearly plenty of hosts in the region so it could not be easier to live like a local and experience the insane natural beauty of this area.


Another region of stunning natural beauty, Asturias offers a diverse landscape from rugged coastlines to lush mountains. This makes it a paradise for hikers and nature lovers alike. Highlights include the Picos de Europa National Park, where you can explore the dramatic peaks, deep gorges, and lush valleys.

After all that adventure, you’ll be ready to indulge in the region’s famous dishes like fabada asturiana (a hearty bean stew), cider-marinated meats, and the famed Cabrales cheese. If you can, squeeze in time for an authentic sidra (cider) pouring at local cider houses - this is a unique experience not to be missed! Better yet, why not volunteer on a farmstay where you can be part of the cider making process.

Balearic Islands:

The Balearic Islands are made up of Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca. You may have heard of these touristy hotspots thanks to their notorious nightlife scene, but there is so much more to these islands. Formentera is probably the least touristy of the islands, but all offer traditional villages that offer a slow pace of life away from the infamous party scene. With hundreds of Workaway hosts across the Balearics, it could not be easier to enjoy authentic island life away from the usual tourist path.

Basque Country (Euskadi):

For a unique cultural exchange, this is a region not to be missed! The Basque people have a strong cultural identity, and even their own language, Euskara. The region is also famous for its traditional music, dance, and art. Experience the distinct Basque culture through vibrant festivals, traditional Basque sports like pelota, and local markets.

Not forgetting the food! The Basque Country is renowned worldwide for its exceptional gastronomy. Food lovers NEED to visit San Sebastian which is considered one of the top food cities in the world.

Another noteworthy city is Bilbao, particularly for art lovers. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is an architectural masterpiece where you can explore contemporary art exhibitions within its avant-garde structure. Beyond the Guggenheim Museum, the city features modern architecture, bustling neighbourhoods, and a vibrant urban culture.

Canary Islands:

Located to the northwest of Africa, is the volcanic paradise of the Canary Islands. These islands attract over 12 million visitors per year and are made up of Fuerteventura, La Gomera, Gran Canaria, El Hierro, Lanzarote, La Palma and Tenerife. Many people flock to the region thanks to the year round sunshine.

The Canary Islands were formed through volcanic activity, creating an insane landscape that is unlike anywhere else in Europe. Teide National Park on Tenerife is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to Mount Teide, Spain's highest peak and the world's third-largest volcano.

The waters surrounding the islands are a paradise for marine life. Not only does this mean endless opportunities for snorkelling, scuba diving, and whale watching but a huge demand for volunteers to protect the precious marine life here including dolphins and pilot whales.


After all that sun and sea, it's time for somewhere a little different - Cantabria! This region is home to a wealth of historical and cultural treasures. Explore the Altamira Caves, often referred to as the "Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Art," as they feature ancient cave paintings that offer a glimpse into the lives of early humans. You can also wander through the mediaeval streets of Santillana del Mar, a beautifully preserved village, and visit the Roman ruins and historic sites in Santander, the regional capital.

Castile and León:

As the largest of Spain’s communities you can expect a land dotted with cathedrals, castles, and vineyards - what’s not to love? Highlights include the mediaeval streets of Salamanca, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, the stunning Burgos Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the perfectly preserved Roman aqueduct in Segovia.

Castile and León is also home to many traditional festivals and events that showcase the region’s unique heritage. This includes Semana Santa (Holy Week) and the lively fiestas of Valladolid which is a farming festival to celebrate a good harvest.

Finally, the region is a paradise for wine enthusiasts and food lovers. In particular, the Ribera del Duero wine region, known for its exceptional red wines. This means there are many volunteer opportunities with vineyards, farmstays and families in the region allowing you to travel through your tastebuds!

Castilla-La Mancha:

Although Castilla-La Mancha is an arid region with a small population, there is still lots to see and enjoy. Most notably, the historic windmills that are dotted throughout the land and are featured in Miguel de Cervantes' novel "Don Quixote."

Alongside the historic cities such as Toledo and Cuenca (which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites), you can experience the rustic charm of the region’s picturesque villages where time seems to stand still. It’s the perfect region to escape the crowds and chaos, to wander through cobblestone streets, admire traditional architecture, and savour the tranquil atmosphere.


Home to the popular cities of Tarragona, Girona, and Barcelona, Catalonia is known for its rich cultural heritage. Festivals like La Mercè in Barcelona and the Castells (human tower-building competitions) are unique experiences in the region not to be missed!

If you are hoping to volunteer as a language teacher, this region is particularly interesting as it has its own language known as Catalan, known locally as "Català." You will often see signs, official documents, and educational materials in both Catalan and Spanish. The language plays a significant role in Catalonia's cultural identity and is taught in schools, used in the media, and cherished in literature and the arts.


If you’re searching for an underrated region off the beaten path, Extremadura is ideal. The region shares its border with Portugal so it is perfect for onward travel, especially if you are combining volunteering and vanlife.

Highlights of the region include the Roman ruins of Mérida, a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as the mediaeval charm of Cáceres, with its well-preserved Old Town.

If you’re keen to try a Workaway with animals or learn more about Spain’s wildlife, the Monfragüe National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike. It is home to a wide range of bird species including vultures, eagles, and owls and the park's rugged landscape offers incredible views and opportunities for outdoor activities.


Galicia is the final destination of the Camino de Santiago (also known as the Way of St James) one of the most famous pilgrimage routes in the world. Stretching 500 miles, this transformative trek typically takes 35 days.

One theory states that when the disciple, Saint James died, his body was put in a boat, which landed on the coast of Spain, just west of where Santiago de Compostela stands today. His relics are said to be buried in the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, attracting pilgrims and curious travellers from all over the world. We even have a host who supports pilgrims on the route, who you can volunteer with here.

Alongside this fascinating journey, Galicia is also a haven for foodies. Particularly seafood fans who flock to the region to sample octopus a la gallega, pulpo a feira, and other seafood delicacies. The region is also renowned for its white wines, particularly Albariño, which pairs perfectly with the fishy dishes.

Galicia's festivals and music are also some of the best in the country. The Festival of St. John (Noche de San Juan) involves bonfires and celebrations on the night of June 23rd, marking the summer solstice.

La Rioja:

Ever thought of volunteering in a vineyard? This is the region to do it! The region's wineries, (known as bodegas) are the perfect place to not only taste but help produce its famous reds like Tempranillo. You can also visit Haro, where the annual wine battle, Batalla del Vino, takes place, and explore wine cellars carved into the rock.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore Logroño's tapas scene, then work off the wine and food on the Sierra de la Demanda mountain range. Famed for its hiking trails that offer panoramic views, the area is a paradise for nature lovers. After a hard day hiking, relax in the region’s hot springs for a tranquil treat like no other.


The region of Madrid is home to the country’s capital city - also called Madrid! From world-class museums to bustling markets, the city pulses with energy and history. The city's mix of contemporary and classic architecture creates a unique experience - one minute you’ll be admiring the grandeur of the Royal Palace, the next exploring historic Plaza Mayor or strolling along the elegant Gran Vía.

All that walking left you hungry? Indulge in tapas at traditional taverns, savour cocido madrileño (a hearty stew) or treat yourself to churros and chocolate. Don’t miss the vibrant atmosphere of local markets like Mercado de San Miguel and Mercado de San Antón.

After a day of volunteering, let your hair down thanks to the region’s fabulous nightlife. In particular, neighbourhoods like Malasaña and Chueca, are great for bars, clubs, and live music venues.


If you prefer to escape the city, head for Murcia, famed for its stunning 155-mile-long coastline of Costa Calida. Enjoy beautiful sandy beaches, such as those in La Manga del Mar Menor where you can either relax or try the many water sports available. Alternatively, visit The Mar Menor, (Europe's largest saltwater lagoon) as it offers calm and warm waters, making it ideal for swimming. If you prefer to head inland, the Parque Natural de Sierra Espuña offers endless trekking experiences.

Highlights also include the historic city of Murcia itself as well as Cartagena, where ancient ruins, a Roman theatre, and historical sites offer a glimpse into the region's rich history. Foodie fans will also love this region as Murcia's cuisine is influenced by its coastal location. The region is also famous for its Murcian pastries, including paparajotes, which are lemon tree leaves coated in batter and deep-fried. DELICIOUS!


Navarre boasts a diverse landscape that outdoor enthusiasts will LOVE. For example, the stunning Pyrenees mountains, which offer opportunities to hike and ski. You can also visit Bardenas Reales, a unique desert-like landscape which is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with distinctive rock formations and trails for hiking and biking.

For a unique cultural experience, visit the historic city of Pamplona, known for the Running of the Bulls during the San Fermín festival. Like most of Spain, the region is renowned for pintxos but don't miss the opportunity to taste traditional dishes like menestra (vegetable stew) and chistorra (spiced sausage).


You may have already heard of Valencia's urban beaches, such as the serene Playa de la Malvarrosa, or the tourist hotspot and beach town of Benidorm, but there is so much more to explore in this region.

Starting with the food! Valencia is the birthplace of paella, one of Spain's most iconic dishes, so arguably it's the best region to try it. If you love your food, you also need to visit Dénia - a UNESCO City of Gastronomy! Wherever you go, you will find delicious dishes that combine the freshest catch of the day with local produce. The port city is also a popular gateway to the Balearic islands if you’re ready for an island hopping adventure.

The region is also renowned for its lively festivals. The Fallas festival in Valencia involves massive satirical sculptures, fireworks, and parades. Or for an experience you’ll never forget, La Tomatina in Buñol is a tomato-throwing festival that attracts participants from around the world!

Volunteering in Spain

Now you’re clued up on the different regions in Spain, it’s time to get planning your volunteering adventure! Why have yet another beach holiday when you can be part of an unforgettable cultural exchange? Learn about the unique Spanish culture, stay with friendly locals and embrace an authentic experience – all for less than the price of a night in a hotel room!

As the world’s leading community for volunteering and cultural exchange, Workaway is the perfect platform to connect with the friendly Spanish locals. Whether you are a solo backpacker trying to find a travel buddy, recently retired or setting off on a grown up gap year – we can help you find your perfect host. Best of all, you can join as a solo traveller, as a couple, or even bring your kids along for the adventure too!

In exchange for a few hours of volunteering each day, your host will usually provide free accommodation and meals. Whether you want to perfect your paella cooking skills in Valencia, study Catalan in Catalonia or learn how to make your favourite wine in Rioja, with Workaway you can enjoy it all at the click of a button by signing up today!

Making a difference in Spain

Due to the diverse landscapes and climate, Spain is known for its agricultural practices. This means it's the perfect destination for those interested in giving off grid living a chance, an authentic farmstay like this one in Catalonia or learning about permaculture. There is also a demand for volunteers to support olive and citrus farms as well as vineyards.

This not only allows you to support local communities with harvesting and distribution, but you’ll be rewarded with some of the most memorable scenery, food and friends you could wish for. If you’re interested in this type of volunteering, simply enter keywords such as “permaculture, eco-farm, olive farm, vineyard, harvest, farmstay” into the host keyword box.

Alternatively, if you’re still passionate about protecting the land, but not so keen on farming why not check out our Workaway projects for eco warriors. There are so many ways you can support sustainability in Spain from marine conservation to eco-construction.

If you prefer the sound of Spain’s vibrant cities like Madrid or Barcelona instead of rural living, why not look for opportunities supporting community projects or teaching. There are also opportunities to make a difference behind the scenes, with many hosts requiring help with marketing, social media and web design – particularly within the tourism industry. From helping in a hostel to sharing your skills at a surf school, there are many ways you can enjoy Spain’s famous regions, without the tourist price tag!

While we pride ourselves on being a cultural exchange, Workaway is also a great way to boost your CV, learn a new language and make friends all over the world. With over four thousand hosts in Spain alone, there are so many ways you can share your time and make a difference while enjoying this epic destination.

How to find the perfect host in Spain

As well as using the regions above as a guide, you can use your skills and interests as keywords in the search box to find your perfect host in Spain. Whether you’re enticed by the cave paintings in Cantabria, the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage or fancy flamenco in Andalusia – your perfect host is literally a few clicks away.

Best of all, when you join Workaway you are not limited to one project or region. For a small membership fee you have access to over 50,000 volunteer opportunities across 170 countries. After Spain, why not hop over the border to France, Gibraltar, Andorra or Portugal? It’s also quite easy to take a ferry to Morocco where we have over 150 hosts waiting for you!

With its breathtaking landscapes, rich history and vibrant culture, Spain offers endless opportunities to make memories as well as give back to the community. Whether you want to support local NGOs, make your CV sparkle with your Spanish skills or simply eat tapas all day long, with Workaway you can do it all!