Forest Conservation

The recovery of native forests is the main objective of the Forest Conservation program in Barcelona. Environmental inheritances that we want to recover and offer to future generations and the entire ecosystem.

The coast of Catalonia system has suffered over the past few years a marked degradation, with the replacement of the native forest by monocultures and urbanizations that have created heavy environmental imbalances, not only in watercourses but also in the biodiversity of fauna and flora. All over the world, we are witnessing this phenomenon, which is not natural and that has contributed to the acceleration of climate change, the loss of biodiversity, the degradation of soils, and the contamination of watercourses.
But it is possible to reverse this trend and create more and more spaces for ecological regeneration and biodiversity, with the support of the whole community, and you as a volunteer can be part of it! This program seeks to enhance the natural heritage, reduce environmental damage, regenerate and recover natural spaces, and therefore promote biodiversity and restore ecological functions, mostly through the restoration of the native forest.
The role of the volunteer, as part of the field team, is to study and learn about each species, areas, and forests, and take different actions depending on the time of the year. The fieldwork tasks can include: maintenance of planted native trees and shrubs where irrigation, mowing, and padding with organic matter are the most usual activities; but also planting native trees and shrubs; cleaning the natural environment areas; and harvest and sow oak acorn seeds, one of the most characteristic trees in this area.
Most of the activities are based in surrounding areas of Barcelona, so the travel distance from the accommodation to the volunteering site is about one hour and a half with public transports.
The volunteer will be working side by side with the coordinators of the projects, absorbing their botanical wisdom and accompanying and supporting them in all their daily tasks, not only in the reforested areas but also in the tree nurseries where it all starts.

When joining the program in the Winter, the volunteer should be prepared to have lower temperatures of between 40-60 ° F (5-15 ° C), and come equipped with warm clothing. If the volunteer is planning on coming during the Summer, when temperatures range between 77-100ºF (25-38ºC), comfortable and light clothes are recommended. Clothes that can be damaged and dirty are recommended for the whole year.

Price

1st week 799€
following weeks 343€

Included

  • Accommodation at a dormitory at a sustainable and social hostel (Private rooms are also available for upgrade.)
  • Three meals a day, every day: breakfast, lunch and dinner (Local style. Vegetarian, gluten-free and meals for lactose-intolerant are also available upon request)
  • Pick-up at the airport (On the Saturday or Sunday prior to an Introduction Day)
  • Responsible guided city tour (2 hours)
  • Allocation to a non-profit and placement coordination on the first day of volunteering
  • Materials for the volunteer activities
  • Free maps, city guides and the best tips to discover the city!
    Support 24/7 (365 days a year at any time)
  • Limited coverage civil liability insurance
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Not Included

  • Flights
  • Pick-up at the airport on other dates
  • Drop-off at the airport
  • Transport between accommodation and volunteer project location (around 11€ per day)
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance (health or accidents)
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More about this program

How is a typical day in this volunteer program?

After the initial orientation, you will join the morning shift at your placement and will work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day. Please note that the starting times and daily workload can vary depending on the period of the year you are joining the project. A typical daily schedule will look as follows:

 

07:00 am – 10:00 am | Breakfast at the volunteer’s accommodation

09:00 am – 13:30 pm | Travel to project to join local placement staff and begin work on your volunteer project 

13:30 pm – 02:30 pm | Lunch is served at the accommodation. In the morning you can grab a “packed lunch” to have in the city or at your placement.

02:30 pm – 07:30 pm | Enjoy your free time, exploring the city, relaxing, attending Spanish language lessons or enrolling in other activities

08:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Dinner at the accommodation. After dinner, you have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.

Am I provided with insurance during my stay?

Your program fee includes civil liability insurance with limited coverage, that only covers accidents that may happen during your volunteering shift.

We highly recommend you to get full health, travel and accidents insurance in your home country!

Are children allowed to take part in this volunteer program?

No, unfortunately, children are not suitable for this program! 

Are the meals included in my volunteer program fee?

In all our destinations, the volunteer program fees include three (breakfast, lunch and dinner) home-made and delicious meals a day!

In Mafra (where the Wolf Conservation program is located), the volunteer program fees do not include meals, but you will have access to a fully-equipped kitchen to prepare your own meals at either location!

Find more detailed program and location-specific information in our program description and pricing details! And if you have any more specific questions or want to make any special requests, feel free to get in touch with us!

Can I change the dates of my volunteer placement with ImpacTrip?

Yes, that is generally possible! In most cases, we are quite flexible with making changes to your original booking period as per your wish, as we know how challenging it can be to plan such a big trip far in advance. However, please keep in mind that all of our programs are subject to availability, and therefore, we might not be able to accommodate last-minute changes anymore. Therefore, we recommend that you early on try to organize your plans concretely and get in touch with us as quickly as possible if alterations become necessary so that we are left with a higher chance of managing to change your reservation to cater your new situation!

Can I volunteer along with a friend of family member of mine?

Yes, of course you can! We regularly receive little groups of friends or family that come to participate in our programs together. 

Do I need to book my stay well in advance?

No, not necessarily! Depending on the current availability of the program of your choice, we may even be able to accommodate your stay and participation for the upcoming week! However, both in our responsible travel experiences and our volunteer programs as well as regarding our available beds in the hostel, we do sometimes reach our full capacity and therefore recommend booking your stay with us as early as possible to secure your spot!  

Do I need to speak the local language?

No, you don't need to have any previous skills in the local language! All of our programs are run entirely in English and our guides and staff are all comfortable speaking English as well! But we always encourage our participants to get acquainted with some of the most basic terms and expressions, as even just a simple "Good morning!" in the local language can be a great icebreaker to start interacting with the locals! 

There are also language lessons available for volunteers. The language lessons can be booked before or on the arrival. Lessons are taught by a professional teacher and tailored to each volunteer’s current language level.

 

How and when do I need to pay for my volunteer program with ImpacTrip?

You can pay us through Paypal or bank transfer. We will kindly ask you to pay 50% of your bill at the time of your booking to secure your spot! The other 50% will be due at least one month before your arrival! 

I have special dietary requirements! Will I find food options that cater my needs?

Yes, if you are vegetarian or have specific food intolerances, we will be able to adapt the food offered to meet your dietary needs. Please get in touch with us as early as possible so we can make all necessary arrangements! 

Shall I bring special clothes to participate in this volunteer program?

There is no mandatory dress code for taking part in this program, so we just recommend you to bring comfortable clothes adjusted to the time of the year!

What do I need to pack for my trip?

Are you already excited about your stay with us? We prepared a little list of essentials which can assist you with your packing:

  • Basics (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner…)
  • Medication contact lenses, glasses
  • Clothes according to the local weather and the project you applied for
  • Plug adapters and power converters
  • Unlocked mobile phone – we will give you a Portuguese SIM card that you can charge according to your needs
  • Laptop, tablet or smartphone so you have access to Wi-Fi almost everywhere
  • Camera (if you want to capture all the unforgettable moments.)

What is ImpacTrip's Cancellation and Refund Policy?

Impactrip deposit fees are designed to be as affordable as possible to allow everyone to join our programs. Therefore, considering its limited capacity and the expectations of everyone involved, ImpacTrip is unable to provide a total refund policy.

Deposit Fee

The payment of the deposit fees confirms a volunteer’s acceptance onto one of ImpacTrip's volunteer programs. Deposit fees are not transferable to other people but may be transferable to another program.

The deposit fee is refundable until sixty days before the start date of the volunteer’s chosen program. Requests for deposit fee refunds must be made via an email to your ImpacTrip Booking Manager, clearly detailing the reasons for cancellation.

Cancellations are subject to the following policies:

  • The notice period is based on the earliest start date the volunteer has ever been registered for.
  • If a volunteer cancels sixty days or more before their earliest program start date, they can request a refund of the deposit fee, which will be provided minus the transaction costs of the refund. Alternatively, they may ask for a deposit fee credit to be held in their name for future use on any ImpacTrip program, subject to availability, for a period of twelve months from their earliest registered start date. This credit may be issued minus the value of any change fees the volunteer has incurred.
  • If a volunteer cancels between fifty-nine and thirty days before their program’s start date, no refund of the deposit fee is available. A deposit fee credit may be held in their name for a period of twelve months from their earliest registered start date, for future use on another ImpacTrip program, subject to program availability and at the discretion of the Impactrip Booking Manager.
  • If a volunteer cancels less than thirty days before their programs start date, no refund of any fees is available. A deposit fee credit may be held in their name for twelve months from their earliest registered start date, subject to availability, provided deposit fees have been paid in full by their due date.

Where a group of ten or more people is volunteering with ImpacTrip, the group leader must register ahead of other group members in order to secure the group’s dates and plans. Group members must then register no less than sixty days before the program starts. Group members who register less than sixty days before the program start date may be excluded from the program unless approved by ImpacTrip.

ImpacTrip reserves the right to revise its program fees at any time. All program fees revisions will be made via the ImpacTrip website. Program fee revisions are not applicable to volunteers who have already submitted their payment before the revisions are due to take effect. A volunteer’s placement on a program is not confirmed until the deposit fee has been paid in full and the availability has been confirmed by their ImpacTrip Booking Manager.

What is the accommodation like? Could I stay in a private room?

Your accommodation differs depending on the location and programs you decide for! What we can assure you is that we want to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible! In most cases, you will stay along with the other participants in dormitory-style rooms. Private rooms may be available at your accommodation as well for an extra cost.

Find more detailed program- and location-specific information in our experience description, itinerary and pricing details! And if you have any more specific questions or want to make any special requests, feel free to get in touch with us!

What is the minimum age to participate in this program? 18

The minimum age to participate in this program is 18 years!

What is the minimum and maximum volunteer duration?

In general, you can choose any duration between a minimum of 1 week and a maximum of 12 weeks for your stay with us, depending on your personal plans and availability! 

The exception in Portugal is the Wolf Conservation program in Mafra, which is only available for a duration of either 2 weeks or 4 weeks.

Exceptions is Barcelona and Split are the Special Needs Support and Youth Support programs that have a minimum duration of 2 weeks. And the Teaching program that have a minimum duration of 3 weeks in Split and 4 weeks in Barcelona.

The Marine Conservation program in every location  is available for any period between a minimum of 1 week and a maximum of 4 weeks.

When can I start my volunteer period?

We welcome new volunteers twice a month every month of the year. Your arrival date should be the Sunday before an Introduction Day!

  • We have Introduction Days on the first and third Monday of the month in Portugal and Croatia.
  • We have Introduction Days on the second and forth Monday of the month in Spain.

 

Please be aware that:

  • the Marine Conservation program in every destination is only available between March and October every year.
  • the Wolf Conservation program in Mafra, Portugal is only available between February and November every year and have specific arrival dates.

 

Take a look at the experience description of the program of your choice to find some more detailed information. Also, please keep in mind that all of our programs are always subject to availability as the number of spots is limited! 

When should I go ahead and book my flights?

We highly recommend you to wait and do not book your flights until you have received our official booking email confirming your stay with us! Once your booking is confirmed, it is in most cases advisable to get your tickets early to catch the cheapest fares! 

Will I be able to enjoy the experience even though I do not speak a word in the local language?

Yes, of course! All of our programs are held entirely in English! 

And... you can book language classes with us before or on arrival.

Will I have time for some sight-seeing as well?

Of course! We want you to really get to know your natural and cultural surroundings and will provide you with useful tips and tricks that will help you discover the location of your stay like a local!

Your shifts will generally last between 3 and 5 hours per day and will take place either in the morning, in the afternoon or in the evening, which will leave you with plenty of free time to go explore, take a stroll around your surroundings, catch the most important sites, interact with the locals or simply go and relax! And of course, you will have your weekends off as well!

Does this program require a high level of physical fitness?

No! All activities within this program only require a medium or low level of physical fitness! 

When are the Introduction Days of Impactrip's volunteer programs? 

We welcome new volunteers twice a month every month of the year. Your arrival date should be the Sunday before an Introduction Day!

  • We have Introduction Days on the first and third Monday of the month in Portugal, Croatia and Italy.
  • We have Introduction Days on the second and fourth Monday of the month in Spain.

 

Please be aware that:

  • the Marine Conservation program in Portugal is only available between March and October and in Split between May and November every year.
  • the Wolf Conservation program in Mafra, Portugal is only available between February and November every year and has specific arrival dates.

 

Take a look at the experience description of the program of your choice to find some more detailed information. Also, please keep in mind that all of our programs are always subject to availability as the number of spots is limited!