Spanish Opportunity Language Volunteer Experience The Canary Islands, Spain

In the Municipality of Mogán, Southwest Gran Canaria, the most southerly part of the European Union, there is an opportunity for two university students, studying Spanish, to join The Neighbours’ Association of Las Lomas de Arguineguín’s Neighbours’ Food Project (AKA Nabohjelpen amongst the large local Norwegian community)  [“NFP or “Neighbours’ Food Project”] for a period from 5 to 6 months as volunteer assistants. The Neighbours’ Association “Las Lomas de Arguineguín” is a registered non-governmental organisation which works on trying to solve solutions for different issues involving social problems, the environment, consumer’ rights and public health. NFP is also a registered Food Distribution Point linked to the Food Bank of Las Palmas.

More information about NFP’s activities since 1993 on;

The students selected [with the reference support of the Spanish Department of their University] should apply to the Erasmus Programme for funding [travel & living costs] and/or The Canary Orange Student Trust who will advise on funding/donations, post a UK interview in London, Portsmouth or online via “Skype“.

For applications to join NFP, please complete the application form.

Students must have reached the Level B1 in the Spanish language according to the EU scale; and this will be orally tested at the UK interview or online via “Skype“. Arrival dates should be in mid November or early December of each year for a period of up to 6 months.

Assistants will be expected to help for up to 6 hours a day for five days a week. The tasks will especially include providing some basic computer training and English lessons to those “registered beneficiaries” of NFP, 20% of whom are not Spanish citizens. Following a one week managed “induction course”, Assistants may be invited to select which of NFP’s topics they would prefer to concentrate on as well as helping each week at the Food Bank. There will also be weekly opportunities for the Assistants to receive formal ongoing Spanish language tuition.

Written reports will be requested from Assistants at the mid-point & one month after leaving. Similarly, written reports on the Assistants’ performances will be produced by NFP.

Accommodation will either be together with a family or together in self-contained secure accommodation. There will be a two-week break for visiting [self-funded] other parts of Gran Canaria/Canary Islands.

Any special issues about travel to Spain resulting from the UK leaving the EU will be discussed at interview.

The Trustees of the Canary Orange Student Trust, a not-for-profit British Educational Trust, have 25 years experience of student volunteer programmes in Cameroon, Mali, Morocco and Ghana with projects such as the Moroccan Children’s Trust and United Action for Children in SW Cameroon

Sub Tropical Fruit Research

Spanish Language Agricultural Research in The Canary Islands, Spain

Following the tragic outcome of the UK Advisory Referendum on the EU, there may not be any funding for UK Research Students [but there is for EU Students] funded by the European Erasmus programme. Alternative sources of funding are being researched. These will be announced, in due course, on this website.

Telde is an agricultural and commercial city of about 100,000 people and was one of the two original capitals of Gran Canaria before the Spanish conquest. It is now still part of Spain and as such is the southernmost part of the European Union. This southern location provides the orange industry with the advantage of being the first place in Europe to harvest their crop in November/December.

The well known Feria de la Naranja in Telde is in early December each year.

There will be a five day working week with a minimum of 25 hours work although one day may be voluntary language lectures at a nearby university.

During the first two months of October and November leading up to the annual Feria de la Naranja it is expected that all students will be involved with the local orange industry, which is much the basis for the local culture.

It is important to understand there will be no financial reward for this work especially given the high rates of unemployment amongst young people in the Canary Islands. Advice and guidance on raising adequate funds for travel and recreational expenses will be provided. Students will be expected to join together in some informal but weekly English language lessons for those Canarian colleagues with whom they will be working. Advice will be given for such lessons.

Interviews will be online with Skype. They will be conducted in English and Spanish. Research Students must have oral skills in such languages at least equal to level A2 according to the Erasmus Scale. Upon arrival in Gran Canaria there will be a resident Canarian manager to monitor the programme with weekly reviews up to Christmas. Thereafter there will be monthly reviews and the resident Canarian manager always available.

There is a strong tourist industry in the Canary Islands but this programme is neither located near that nor part of it.