NGO Support Internships in Valencia
NGO Support internships in Valencia, Spain provide a unique opportunity to collaborate alongside passionate NGO and non profit groups in the defense, promotion and protection of human rights. Interns gain hands-on experience with projects aimed at fostering and promoting the dignity and rights of all people, across a broad range of socioeconomic groups.
- Gain understanding of how to support and advocate for vulnerable communities
- Work alongside an experienced NGO supervisor
- Develop experience assisting a specific community with their needs
- Enjoy traveling and living in Valencia, with easy access to wider Spain and the Mediterranean
Type of host organizations:
- NGO organizations
- Non profit organizations
NGO Support internships in Valencia, Spain provide a unique opportunity to collaborate alongside passionate NGO and non profit groups in the defense, promotion and protection of human rights. Interns gain hands-on experience inciting change, empowerment, social justice, human development, strategies and projects aimed at fostering and promoting the dignity and rights of all people across a broad range of socioeconomic groups.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals included. Click here to view remote Law & Human Rights Support Remote Internships, which you can undertake from home.
As a NGO support intern in Spain, you’ll be placed with a local NGO or non-profit organization across a broad portfolio of placements. You’ll gain valuable experience learning how organizations work to improve the wellbeing and prospects of those who are disadvantaged or at risk within the community. Such real-world experience is vital if you’re interested in international development, community support, social work, or other fields dedicated to the alleviation of inequality.
Due to the breadth of possible placements, the nature of interns duties can vary greatly. General duties can include (but may not be limited to):
- The promotion and organization of events related to social awareness and training programs
- Assisting with courses on children’s rights and youth education
- Carrying out strategies and projects to foster and promote the dignity and rights of people with functional disabilities
- Promoting women’s rights and gender equality
- Supporting initiatives for a fairer and more sustainable world
- Working with at risk men, women and children and victims of social exclusion
- Developing online content and improving social networks
- Maintenance and customer support at homeless centers
If you have preferences for a particular cause, please let us know when applying. We do our utmost to accommodate requests but arrangements are always made taking into consideration a number of factors, such as level of Spanish speaking proficiency, experience, study background, and chosen internship duration.
Spanish language proficiency is not a requirement to join. However, interns should expect that a language barrier can still be encountered to a certain extent. Interns should be prepared for the very natural and normal frustration of not always understanding what is being said around them. Come prepared and willing to surmount a language barrier (and ask for help when needed), as opposed to being intimidated by it. Bear in mind that internships in Spain include five introductory Spanish language lessons, which are provided during the orientation period. Any additional Spanish language lessons must be coordinated and paid for separately. We encourage all interns to take advantage of the opportunity to learn some Spanish skills during their program (or develop their existing vocabulary).
Valencia is a popular tourist city on Spain’s south-eastern Mediterranean Coast. It’s well known for its historic old town and relaxed way of life. In recent years, Valencia has established itself as a fantastic hub for culture and enterprise. While the city is broadly celebrated for its modern City of Arts and Sciences Museum, it’s an equally desirable destination if you love the outdoors, excellent cuisine and fantastic weather
NGO Support interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
Promote and organize fundraising and initiative events
Assist with courses
Carry out strategies and projects
Promote women’s rights and gender equality
Develop online content and improving social networks
Advocate for those from a diverse range of social groups
Professional development opportunites:
Gain an understanding of the backgrounds and needs of disadvantaged communities
Build storytelling skills that engage the public, raise awareness and secure funds
Develop research and report writing skills
Contribute to online content that raises awareness and funds for important causes
Learn how to advocate for people
Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
Program Fee (USD)
|2 weeks||$2,209Equivalent to $157/day|
|3 weeks||$2,434Equivalent to $115/day|
|4 weeks||$2,659Equivalent to $94/day|
|5 weeks||$2,884Equivalent to $82/day|
|6 weeks||$3,109Equivalent to $74/day|
|8 weeks||$3,559Equivalent to $63/day|
|10 weeks||$4,009Equivalent to $57/day|
|12 weeks||$4,459Equivalent to $53/day|
|16 weeks||$5,359Equivalent to $47/day|
|20 weeks||$6,259Equivalent to $44/day|
|24 weeks||$7,159Equivalent to $42/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- Airport pick-up
- Program orientation
- Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
- In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
- Sourcing and securing your internship placement
- Personalization of your internship plan
- Coaching from your supervisor
- Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
- International reference letter
- Certificate of Internship Completion
- Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
- Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
- Optional extras, such as language lessons
- Souvenirs and leisure activities during your free time
- Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, public transportation, and any meals not included in your Program Fee
- A deposit of $449 USD is required to secure your internship
- European students who wish to receive Erasmus funding for their internship in Spain are encouraged to apply and outline their specific requirements.
- Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
- Terms and Conditions apply.
Arrival and Orientation
Programs begin every Monday and interns may choose to stay for a minimum of 2 weeks up to a maximum of 24 weeks. All participants fly into the Valencia Airport (VLC) where they will be picked up by our local team and taken to their accommodation (unless alternative arrangements for arrival have been made). Note that interns are advised not to book their flights until they have registered confirming their participation in the program.
The Welcome Orientation is given by our local hosts at their centrally located office and covers important details concerning the city, transport, culture, customs, safety, rules and expectations, things to see and do, and more. The Orientation also includes five introductory Spanish language lessons which are provided as a way of boosting confidence and assisting with social and cultural integration. Any additional Spanish language lessons must be coordinated and paid for separately. (See further notes on Spanish lessons under the “Extra activities and tourism” section of this page).
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Accommodation and WiFi
All interns in Spain are hosted in various homestay accommodations (which are typically located within apartment buildings). These are usually situated around the city centre, where it is easy to access both the central office of the local team (where Spanish language lessons also take place) and the designated internship placement.
In most cases, interns will receive their own bedroom. However, some bedrooms may be shared with another program participant of the same gender. Any given homestay may accommodate up to 2 to 3 interns at any given time. Bathrooms and common areas are shared. Living is comfortable and WiFi is provided in most of the home-stays, although it is not guaranteed. Laundry is included - usually it will be done once a week.
If a commute is required (to either the internship placement or the central office) then the travel time is usually between 30 to 40 minutes, maximum. There are ample public transportation options to utilize (including mobile phone apps, which can be downloaded at the program orientation) such as buses, subway, trams, and taxis. The city is flat and the climate is typically very pleasant, so public bicycles are also available. Interns may also opt to simply walk during the daytime and enjoy the sights of the city!
Internships in Spain include three meals per day provided by the host family (daily breakfast, lunch and dinner). Do not be surprised if you’re not joined in a hearty breakfast by your host family, as locals do not typically have a heavy breakfast (coffee may suffice!) However, interns can expect breakfast to consist of items such as bread/pastries, spreads, fruit, and coffee (you may even try a delicious local espresso, served with condensed milk to sweeten it).
Lunch time in Valencia is typically between 2 and 4 pm. This time is in line with the concept of “la siesta”, allowing time to rest and enjoy a relaxed mealtime - preferably with some pleasant company and conversation.
If you choose to opt out of lunch or dinner, any day of the week, you should communicate this back to your host family. There are many excellent restaurants to choose from in Valencia and they typically offer special lunch menus in the afternoon, which are designed to provide an affordable set meal option (they could range anywhere between €5.00 and €12.00). One of the most famous dishes in Valencia is paella - a must try!
Dinner time in Spain is typically served later in the evening, usually between 8 pm-10 pm, due to eating a late lunch. Typical dishes may include ingredients such as noodles or pasta, seafood, rice, and in-season salads/vegetables.
Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements that you have in advance (i.e. allergies and intolerances), so that we may ensure your hosts are aware and make recommendations to you accordingly.
Fluency in Spanish is not a requirement for interns in Valencia, however basic Spanish skills are strongly recommended. The Orientation includes five introductory Spanish language lessons which are provided in order to boost confidence and assist with social and cultural integration. However, any additional Spanish language lessons must be coordinated and paid for separately. We encourage all interns to take advantage of the opportunity to learn some Spanish skills during their program (or develop their existing vocabulary).
Affordable Spanish language lessons are offered directly through our local team in Valencia. Most lessons are two hours and can be arranged in coordination with the internship schedule. Spanish lessons can be arranged directly with the local team once registered for the program or at the orientation in-country (ask about online Skype lessons if you’d like to get a head start on your learning). Lessons are tailored to the student’s level based on their entry-level test, placing them on the most suitable course for them, within a timetable of Monday to Friday.
Lessons for 4 hours per week:
- 1-4 weeks = €36 per week
- 5-8 weeks = €28 per week
- 8+ weeks = €22 per week
Lessons for 6 hours per week:
- 1-4 weeks = €51 per week
- 5-8 weeks = €39 per week
- 8+ weeks = €33 per week
Lessons for 10 hours per week:
- 1 week = €80 per week
- 2-3 weeks = €70 per week
- 3+ weeks = €55 per week
Lessons for 20 hours per week:
- 1 week = €140 per week
- 2-3 weeks = €120 per week
- 4-6 weeks = €90 per week
- 6+ weeks = €80 per week
Weekends and travel
Most internship placements in Valencia have a morning schedule and require a commitment of between 25-30 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Interns have the weekends free and there is no shortage of wonderful things to see and do in Valencia! Cultural activities, excursions and weekend trips are frequently organized by our local team in Valencia, who will communicate to interns in-country when fun plans are being made. Interns staying for longer durations, or who wish to travel before or after their internship program, can visit other regions of Spain (or even Europe). The local team will be happy to make travel and tourism recommendations. However, while you’re in Valencia, these are just a few examples of the attractions you won’t want to miss:
City of Arts and Sciences / Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias: This state-of-the-art science, cultural and architectural complex is the most important modern tourist destination in the city of Valencia and counts as one of the “12 Treasures of Spain”. It encompasses the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe and Hemisfèric (for IMAX, 3D and other screenings).
L’Oceanogràfic: L’Oceanogràfic is an impressive aquarium, designed by the architect Félix Candela and the structural engineers Alberto Domingo and Carlos Lázaro. You’ll see 500 species in versions of the world’s main marine ecosystems.
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia: If you love arts and theater, don’t miss an event at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia - Valencia’s beautiful performing arts and cultural centre.
Mercado Central, Valencia: Strolling through this indoor public market will inundate you with colorful sights and interesting produce. It’s located in the city center across from the Llotja de la Seda (a Gothic-style civil building) and the church of the Juanes.
Plaza de la Virgen: This lively plaza is central to Valencia, where it is surrounded by iconic historic buildings and outdoor cafes. You’ll see the Apostle Doors of the Valencia Cathedral, the Miguelete tower, and Neptune relaxing in la Fuente del Turia. From the plaza, you can also enter the Barrio del Carmen at Calle Caballeros - this is a trendy part of the medieval Valencia Old Town, from where you can also check out the Gothic-style Torres de Serranos, part of the old city walls, which mark the entrance to the Old Quarter of Valencia.
Essential country information
|Languages||Spanish (official), Catalan, Galician, Basque, Occitan (co-official languages)|
|Currency||Spainn Rand (ZAR)|
Weather and climate:
Spain has a very varied climate, according to the geographical situation of different regions. Most of the country is considered to be within a Mediterranean zone, which is characterised by warm/hot and dry summers. However, areas with relatively high rainfall are considered to be oceanic climatic regions, rather than Mediterranean. The northern quarter of Spain, which is within the Atlantic region, falls within this oceanic climate category, where winter and summer temperatures are influenced by the ocean. The southeastern quarter of Spain has a semi-arid climate, where the dry season can extend beyond the typical summer season.
In Valencia, where the Intern Abroad HQ internship program is based, it is dry year round. The summers are warm, muggy, and mostly clear. The hot summer season runs from June through September, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F (27°C). The winter months, from November through March, are cold, windy, and partly cloudy. During this time, the average daily high temperature is below 65°F (18°C). The average low of the coldest day of the year (around early January) is 43°F (6°C).