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Live, Work & Travel in Spain & Portugal


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Gap Year & Voluntary Work in Spain and Portugal

Unpaid Positions & Adventure

Alma Porto Hostel - A bunk, breakfast and some groceries are the rewards for working on the front desk and cleaning for six hours a day with two days off a week.

Atlantic Whale Foundation - Volunteers work as research guides on whale watching boats in Tenerife for three or so days per week and spend the rest of the time in the research room assisting where their skills lend best.

Babel Idiomas - Spanish courses in the centre of the Andalusian city of Malaga. They offer intensive courses, au pair programmes and gap year programmes with accommodation in student flats or with host families.

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Bon Moustache - A Barcelona hostel with a work exchange programme.

Cadiz Inn - Though there isn't any information on the subject on their site, Cadiz Inn have been known to take on staff through a work exchange programme.

Casa Bombo - Constantly looking for young spirited, motivated, energetic and fun volunteers to join their team to clean, serve, shop, tend bar and lead guests on walking tours. Food and accommodation flows the other way. Mature and responsible people aged 25+ preferred. Two month commitment essential.

Dive and Sea Tenerife - Offers a PADI Divemaster internship course. Global Divemaster and other sea based jobs can be browsed through on their sister site:

Diverbo - Volunteer for a week at Pueblo Ingles, an English speaking village in Spain. All meals and accommodation is taken of for volunteers helping to create a little piece of the English speaking world in Spain. There is also volunteer opportunities for teenagers aged 13 to 17.

Easy Nerja Hostel - Invites people to join their volunteer programme and learn Spanish.

EcoAgarve - Constantly on the look out for new participants, not afraid of work, with a sense of humour and seriously concerned about the future of this planet.

Feeling Sevilla - Provide shared staff accommodation, breakfast and a little pocket money to cheerful and responsible cleaners able to work independently.  Similar terms are offered to young people with languages to work on reception.

Geekco Hostel - Work, eat, surf, repeat. Work for your bed and breakfast in a Portuguese surf town.

Grupo Lubo - Works toward the conservation of the wolf and the wolves' habitat in Portugal. Volunteers help with many tasks including feeding the wolves three times a week.

GSpot - A party hostel in Lisbon that looks for people with hospitality experience or motivated backpackers wanting to see the other side of the coin. They provide a free bed in a private staff room with breakfast and dinner included, plus free drinks.

Hostel Alamos 14 - A place in Madrid to try for working for your keep.

Hostel 33 - Sometimes looks for people who want to help in various positions and be part of their family in Faro. They provide breakfast, dinner and accommodation.

Instituto Hemingway - Arranges several programmes for living and working in Spain, including volunteering, internships, au pairing and working in hotels.

Johnies Place - Lisbon accommodation that accepts work for stay volunteers. Portuguese or Spanish speakers, along with English, are preferred.

La Fragua - An international residency programme and arts centre located in a 15th century monastery.

Las Musas Hostel - A Madrid hostel that values all types of skills in their volunteers and will send a bed and breakfast your way in return for part time work. Give your preferred start and end dates via the form on their website.

Ljmonade Hostel & Suites - May be willing to take on volunteers in Portugal for a month or so.

Lisbon Chillout Hostel - Might also be open to work exchange staff able to lend a hand in housekeeping, reception or entertainment.

Living Hostels - Two Madrid hostels where there exists the possibility of working for your keep.

Madrid Meeting Point - Free accommodation for four hours a day cleaning or on reception is the deal here. Should you still be there after six months there may be a paid job in it for you.

Makuto Guesthouse - Work for keep in Granada.

Monte Aventura - Volunteer nature and adventure guides, and tourist advisors are recruited to work in southern Spain.

Paws-Patas - Animal shelter that offers work placements and volunteer work in Almeria.

Peniche Hostel - Hostel in a Portuguese surf spot wants volunteers for the nightshift.

Perfect Spot Lisbon – This hostel found working with volunteers to be a big help to them and got in touch with us for help finding more.

Placement Finders - Source and select quality work experience positions in Spain for European undergraduates.

Project Seahorse - Occasionally may have positions in Portugal for volunteer divers.

Retreat Holidays - Alternative workshop holidays in a stunning mountain location in southern Spain. Incudes a short working holiday option where participants stay for a discounted price in exchange for 2 and a half hours work per day.

Sevilla Backpackers - Continuously looks for young, dynamic travellers who want to join their team. Receptionists, front desk attendants, cleaning, maintenance, experienced manager, work-exchanges, tour guides and entertainers are some of the jobs they offer.

Sevilla Inn - There is an application form on the website for work exchange enquires.

Sunseed Desert Technology - At Sunseed research, education and ecological living are uniquely combined. Take part in research into Appropriate Technology, Semi-arid land management and organic gardening, learn about sustainable living and become part of a vibrant community for as long as you want. Either pay to take a working holiday in an idyllic Spanish village or apply to become part of the staff for a small weekly allowance.

Sunset Destination Hostel - A Lisbon hostel that may take on work exchange volunteers.

Triana Backpackers - Work for keep positions in Seville.

Urban House Hostels - Offers the opportunity for students and travellers to work with them in exchange for private room accommodation, breakfast, occasional commission, and snack bar profits. Appealing particularly to surfers, there are four Urban House hostels in San Sebastian.

Way Hostel - Work exchange in Madrid.

WWOOF Portugal - Discover Portugal by volunteering your way around the country on organic farms. The website lists a good number of hosts willing to put up volunteers in exchange for their labour. Membership of WWOOF is required to access contact details.

WWOOF Spain - Organic farms in Spain.

Living in Spain & Portugal

Real Estate and Resources for Staying Long Term

BIP Portugal - Algarve estate agents with a guide to buying property in Portugal.

Blue Levada Estates - Property on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Buy Spanish - A guide to buying property in Spain, mortgages, home Insurance and furniture. Also lists international schools, information on working in Spain and moving.

Central Portugal Properties - Estate agent with short area and buyers guides.

E - Information relevant to tourists and expat residents, as well as those considering or preparing to take the plunge and move to Tenerife.

Eye on Spain - A community based website for anone buying a property or living in Spain.

Iberian International - Properties in Spain and other countries including Turkey, Cyprus and Belize. - Over 2000 pages of information on buying, moving and living in Spain covering subjects such as banks, making a will, schools, drink driving laws and how to get a social security number. - Spanish property portal. Includes an articles section and lists hundreds of local estate agents.

Lanzarote Property - Find a home on the island.

Lita Gale - Legal services in Spain and Portugal. An emergency guide to buying, selling, and the taxation of property in Portugal is available.

Living in Spain - A guide to living as an expat in Spain.

Madridconnect - Portal to Madrid with classifieds, events, chat and info on bars, restaurants and living in Madrid.

Murcia Puchades - Spanish real estate sales group.

Permaculturing in Portugal - The attempts of one family to live in a more planet-friendly way. Volunteers occasionally taken on in the summer.

Portugal Smallholding - Andy and Sophie take on volunteers at their newly eco-renovated house. Work varies with the seasons but will usually include digging, weeding, planting and watering in the gardens, harvesting and preserving; mucking out the animals, building work, general maintenance and keeping the place tidy, household chores, and childcare. Volunteers stay in a caravan or a yurt.

Practical Hints to Living in Spain - Advice and information for expats.

Property Sales Spain - Property for sale or rent throughout Spain.

The Smart Guide to Living in Portugal - A rather nifty guide from Barclays mixing advice taken from Survival Guides with Portugal relevant advertisers.

Spain Expat - An independent information site specifically for expats moving to Spain or already living here. Includes information on working in the country.. - Properties for sale and rent in Spain.

Spain on Show - The website for Prestige Villas. - Covers retiring in Spain, moving there, starting a business, employment law and a job search.

Tenerife Property Shop - New and resale properties in southern Tenerife. Website also has a careers page looking for sales advisors at the time of writing.

Viva Estates - Estate agent with Spanish area guides and a magazine.

Viva Malaga - A directrory of service, advice and information for people visiting or living in Malaga. Also includes some employment information. Also available are sister sites for Murcia, Granada and Almeria.