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Days 1 – 3: Madrid Arrival & Orientation

After an overnight flight, we arrive in Madrid to begin our adventure. Our Global Works leader meets us at the airport and, after a short transfer, we settle into our Madrid accommodations near the Puerta Del Sol. Throughout the next few days, we enjoy a guided, educational tour of the historic city center, orient ourselves and learn more about the rich history and culture of the city. We visit the Museo del Prado or Museo Reina Sofia, the Royal Palace, and stroll through Retiro Park. Of course, we take a break to enjoy some typical churros con chocolate at one of Madrid’s most historic and famous churrerias. Our time in Madrid ends with dinner and a Flamenco show at a traditional tablao!

Days 4 – 6: Amayuelas Sustainable Living Community & Service Projects

We contrast the bustling, big city experience of Madrid with 3 days in Amayuelas de Abajo, a small village community focused on sustainable living. The purpose of our the visit to Amayuelas is to learn about sustainable living, and assist the community members with some of the their larger projects. Projects may include the restoration of original buildings, adobe brick-making, and daily tasks such as gardening and bread making. We have a  blast working aside community members who are excited to share their history and knowledge with us. We practice our Spanish and have fun joining the community lifestyle.

Days 7 – 9: Valencia Environmental Conservation Service Projects

We say goodbye to our friends in Amayuelas and continue our journey to Valencia on the Mediterranean coast. The Valencia region is at the forefront of environmental restoration, conservation and education in Spain due to the region’s history with over development and subsequent damage to the native wetlands. We have the opportunity to collaborate with local and international volunteers at multiple sites throughout the area. Get ready to put on some waders and learn about the native species of birds, fish, turtles and plants! Projects may include restoring dune habitats, distributing plants throughout the wetland water filters, removing invasive species, and maybe even feeding baby birds by hand!

In the late afternoons and evenings, we enjoy swimming, biking to the beach, and exploring Valencia’s many historic and artistic wonders. On the last night, a farewell dinner and celebration brings to a close an unforgettable time in this city.

Day 10: Departure

It’s time to pack our bags and depart for the Valencia airport to begin our journey home. It’s difficult to leave, but we are happy to share our stories and pictures with family and friends!