Overview

Greenheart Travel’s Casita Verde (Green House) is an experiential eco-education center that showcases the best practices for sustainable living and alternative energies. Situated in a beautiful valley near the village of San Jose, Ibiza, the center includes nearly 14 acres of working farm land powered by wind and solar energy. It stands as a functioning example of green practices, as well as a leader in educating the community on how to make sustainable choices.

Get a Glimpse into a Day in the Life of a Volunteer in Spain:

How You Will Make a Difference:

Spend your days working on the farm, expanding production of alternative energy systems, cleaning up nearby beaches and promoting environmental awareness. You’ll learn environmentally responsible skills and techniques by actively living a sustainable lifestyle. Check out our photo album from the volunteer project to get an idea of what your life in Spain will look like. Daily tasks might include things like:

  • Maintain and improve the farm facilities
  • Install alternative energy systems
  • Promote environmental awareness among visitors
  • Cook delicious, organic meals for visitors
  • Learn permaculture farming
  • Assist with Sunday community visits/meals

What do our participants say about the program?

I didn’t realize until I got back home how much of a deep impact the program had on me. I loved living a healthy, more sustainable and green lifestyle. Since coming home, I’ve gone out and bought lots of books on healthy eating because I’m trying to buy only organic products. But also, I have become much more relaxed and open as a person thanks to living with everyone in Ibiza. Overall, I’ve got a new outlook on life and I’m very much enjoying it! Thank you for providing me such a great experience in Casita Verde!” Ibiza Volunteer Abroad Alumnus, Guy Whittaker

Program Dates

Apply by Jan. 31st and get $100 off your 2017 volunteer program!

We only offer this program in the Spring/Summer. Participants can choose the program length between 2-12 weeks. You should indicate this on your application. All participants should arrive on the Monday their program starts.

Program Start Date Deadline to Apply
May 1, 2017 April 3, 2017
May 8, 2017 April 10, 2017
May 15, 2017 April 17, 2017
May 22, 2017 April 24, 2017
May 29, 2017 May 1, 2017
June 5, 2017 May 8, 2017
June 12, 2017 May 15, 2017
June 19, 2017 May 22, 2017
June 26, 2017 May 29, 2017
July 3, 2017 June 5, 2017
July 10, 2017 June 12, 2017
July 17, 2017 June 19, 2017
July 24, 2017 June 26, 2017
July 31, 2017 July 3, 2017
August 7, 2017 July 10, 2017
August 14, 2017 July 17, 2017
August 21, 2017 July 24, 2017
August 28, 2017 July 31, 2017
September 4, 2017 August 7, 2017
September 11, 2017 August 14, 2017
September 18, 2017 August 21, 2017
September 25, 2017 August 28, 2017
October 2, 2017 September 4, 2017
October 9, 2017 September 11, 2017
October 16, 2017 September 18, 2017
October 23, 2017 September 25, 2017
October 30, 2017 October 2, 2017

If you are interested in volunteering for a sustainability project during the fall/winter, check out our Sustainable Development Project in the Peruvian Amazon!

Costs

Apply by Jan. 31st and get $100 off your 2017 volunteer program!

Program Fees

  • 2 weeks: $1,320
  • 3 weeks: $1,640
  • 4 weeks: $1,960
  • 5 weeks: $2,280
  • 6 weeks: $2,600
  • 7 weeks: $2,920
  • 8 weeks: $3,240
  • 9 weeks: $3,560
  • 10 weeks: $3,880
  • 11 weeks: $4,200
  • 12 weeks: $4,520

Please note, all prices are listed in USD

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation in rustic on-site housing
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • Emergency medical insurance for the duration of your program
  • Airport pickup and drop off to/from Ibiza Airport
  • Project supervisor and emergency staff available 24/7
  • Pre-departure Orientation and upon arrival in Ibiza
  • Greenheart Travel also donates a portion of your fee to offset the carbon footprint of your travels.

What’s Not Included:

  • Flight to Spain
  • Spending money for souvenirs or touristic activities while in Spain

Accommodation

Your accommodations are in rustic on-site housing which can include cabins, a tepee or even a treehouse. Take a digital tour of where you’ll be staying hereWe are unable to accept preference requests for the accommodation due to limited availability.

Volunteers use eco-toliets and an outdoor solar-heated showers facing a magnificent view of the Mediterranean. You will also be provided with 3 vegetarian meals per day. The residents of Casita Verde recycle all the water used by visitors to promote zero-carbon emissions.

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FAQs

What is the typical work day like?

Projects typically run 5 days a week from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. You will have a siesta or break in the middle of the day, per standard Spanish culture. Casita Verde runs an open house every Sunday which volunteers are expected to participate in, so your weekends/off days may fall on odd days compared to what you are used to.

Will there be a language barrier?

The island is very accustomed to people speaking different languages because of the diverse community of all Eurpeans. It shouldn’t be too hard to find somebody who speaks English, but knowing a few Spanish phrases will ensure safe travels.

Is my program fee tax deductible?

Greenheart Travel is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, so a portion of your Volunteer Abroad program fee may be tax deductible. Contact us for more information. We recommend that you also consult with your tax professional to discuss your particular case, as application of tax laws can vary based on individual circumstances.

Can I apply with my friend/spouse/significant other?

Absolutely! We are happy to accept friends and couples.

What vaccinations will I need?

When traveling to any destination, make sure your routine vaccines are up to date. Try to schedule an appointment with your doctor 4-6 weeks before your trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine, varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Make sure to check with your doctor about 4 weeks before you leave. Check the CDC website for more information.

How much extra cash should I bring?

We suggest planning a budget that gives you room for souvenirs, sightseeing, exit tax, transportation not included in the fee, and anything you might forget. You can read up more on the currency exchange website to determine how much you will need.

Can I travel on the weekends?

For the weekends, hiking and enjoying the outdoors are your best choices. You can take small trips that last only two days, as long as you are back in time for your volunteer work. The best times to truly go sightseeing would be before or after your volunteer time.

What if I get sick abroad?

You will be covered by a mandatory medical insurance for the duration of your program. You will receive your policy brochure and insurance card via email 2 weeks prior to departure. If you have an emergency, notify your local coordinator immediately and they will ensure you receive the best treatment possible.

What is the best way to contact friends and family from home?

Using Skype through the internet is probably the easiest. Phone service is not very reliable, but you are welcome to bring your own cell phone that works internationally.