If you are serious about spending your gap year in Spain, then there can be nothing better than this! You'll be greeted by the warm weather and more warming people, who'll be delighted to show you around their country's hidden gems. Tap your feet with the flamenco dancers, join the carnivals, set out for a road trip or indulge in some adventure activities like skydiving or scuba - well, Spain has options for everything that's there in your wishlist!
GoDiscoverAbroad is here to offer you amazing gap year programs and adventure tours in Spain that'll make your sabbatical memorable and meaningful. Get engaged as a volunteer and make a long-lasting impact. You'll get to learn the Spanish language which will immensely benefit your career ahead and you can also widen your social network during this period. Rest assured, your gap year in Spain will add a beautiful chapter to your life that you'll cherish forever.
You'll learn to acquire new skills and have an adventurous joyride during your gap year.
All travelers and volunteers will need a valid Visa for entering the country. You need to get a Tourist Visa before departing for Spain. Consult the Spanish Embassy in your country for more details and we shall provide you the necessary documents if required. For further information, you can directly get in touch with your point of contact, who can assist you better.
It's your choice! You can explore the country as a solo traveler or hop around with your favorite people if they are willing to join you as well. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
You might come here alone, but you'll end up meeting some amazing people. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Spain, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
It's good if you can consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We would suggest you to take the Hepatitis A and B, Rabies, Tetanus vaccines. You must also check with your doctor for any other medicines that you might require.
Your program fee will not cover your personal expenses. You will need to provide for yourself your personal expenses, such as bottled water, local transport, telephone, shopping, sightseeing etc. You also need to cover for meals, that aren’t included in the program. However, you should carry around Euros 75 - 80 per week for your basic personal expenses. This amount can vary and you would need a higher amount if you choose to go on weekend trips out of town.
Spain is one of the safest European countries in the world and a paradise for travelers. And you'll absolutely love your solo journey in Spain during your gap year. Spain welcomes tourists and discerning travelers with open arms. However, we would suggest you not to hang out with strangers until late night, and be with your fellow travelers in case you are heading out somewhere. We believe that your safety depends on you to a large extent, hence you need to be a little cautious. We'll have our coordinators who'll be there at your service, 24/7. So you need not worry about safety.
Spain is popular for its festivals and we know how eager you are to be a part of the celebrations! The main festivals are Easter, Carnival of Cadiz, Fallas of Valencia, La Tomatina in Buñol, Festival de los Patios in Cordoba, April Fair of Seville, Feria del Caballo in Jerez and much more. Check your dates and our coordinator will guide you about the festivals you can be a part of.
You need to pack your clothes keeping in the mind the seasonal requirements. If you are traveling during winter, you'll need to carry sweaters and sweatshirts that'll give you enough warmth. Otherwise, summertime can be spent wearing trousers and tees. It's wiser to travel light and pack only the essentials. Don't make your luggage too heavy, as you'll get almost everything in Spain! And we hope that you aren't willing to pay the extra luggage fees.
Spanish, of course, is the official language of the country. Although, prominently five languages are spoken in Spain: Galician- Portuguese, Castilian, Basque, Catalan and Occitan (aranès). You'll be given a basic language lesson during your orientation, and you can learn a few commonly used words. Your coordinator will be well versed in English, so you need not worry about language barrier!