ADULT VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS FAQS
All you need to know.
You probably have ten million and one questions so we’ve come up with a list of the most frequent ones to help you out!
Please read it carefully before applying. We respond to over thousands of emails a month and try to get back to all applications in a timely manner, but if you don’t help us here, it’s virtually impossible to respond as fast as we would like to. Thanks in advance!
In the application form you will have a drop down menu with the full list. This does not mean spaces are still available in every program, but we keep programs open to take people on in case we need people for the waiting list.
You can apply for a program as soon as our program calendar is released (usually between Oct-Nov) for the following year. Only the dates viewable on the website and application form are available.
If a person has never been to the program before, we do not allow it. Our logic being while the program is stimulating and fun, it is also tiring. We need to ensure that we provide our Spanish clients with fresh Anglos, ready to talk the hind legs off a donkey. We therefore only allow veterans (people who have been before) to sign up for two weeks.
The program is exactly the same in all venues. All venues have the same type of facilities and meet our high standards, check the venue section to read about each of them.
Of course you can! It’s always worth applying last minute if you are keen on a certain date, though you are more likely to be accepted onto a program if you apply in advance because a lot of programs fill up quickly!
Check out the program objectives and commitments sections of our website. Your application form is what we use to help us decide if you are eligible to join the program, so it’s worth taking some time over your answers in section 4 (Profile Information – Tell us about yourself!). We would recommend you draft your answers elsewhere (e.g. on email or Word), and then cut and paste the answers into the form, otherwise the session could time out.
We promise the students that the volunteers don’t speak their language – it’s vital to the program. So, if you do speak the language, ask yourself: Can I go through the program without uttering a word? Only if you are certain that you will not be tempted to practice should you apply. So remember the number one rule of the program….English only please!
Do not begin to make any bookings until we have sent you your booking email. The booking email will instruct you to begin planning your trip. Along with the booking email you will get some travel/accommodation tips AND a deadline to inform us of your travel details. Please be sure to stick to the deadline.
Please remember not to make any reservations until you have received an email with the word “Booked” in the title.
You will need to arrive in the city of departure at least the night before the program begins. This is to ensure that you make it in time for the bus to the venue the next morning.
Most volunteers attend our welcome reception the day before the program. If you would like to attend, you will need to arrive either by the morning or early afternoon.
Your return travel to your home destination should not be booked for any earlier than 9.00pm on the final day of your program.
However, please check program specifics in your Volunteer Zone, also known as the “Personal Program Page” before making any bookings.
We provide you with information, recommendations and advice through your “Personal Program Page”, but we do not make any bookings. Unfortunately we cannot always answer questions relating to very specific or personalized travel itineraries.
You will cover the costs of your flights and the hotel for the night before and after the program. Our company will transport to and from the venue, full room and board in a shared room during the program. You will be covered by an accident policy while participating in the program. The only expenses you may have once you’re on the bus to Pueblo Ingles are between-meal snacks, drinks or refreshments or medication required from nearby village pharmacies. We would recommend that by the time you board the bus, you have a minimum of 30 €.
If you are an EU, American, Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand citizen, you do not need a VISA to enter Spain. If you enter the country by air, they’ll stamp your passport and they may randomly select passengers to answer a few questions. The passport stamp allows you a three-month maximum tourist stay.If you fly from an international airport in the European Union (except Britain) you will probably not go through passport control at all. Be sure to have your passport up to date. Make 1 to 2 copies of passport and I.D. before leaving!In the unfortunate event that they get lost or stolen, your embassy will ask you for this. Citizens of countries other than the ones listed above should check the entry requirements with the Spanish embassy.
The application process is completely online and you will require an email address in order to apply. If your applications are too brief, we will not get the feeling that you could chat your way through 12 hours per day!
In the APPLICATION FORM you need to fill out all of the required fields (with the red asterisk *) in each section across the top before clicking ‘Submit Application’
We don’t want your work to ‘time out’, so we would recommend you draft your answers elsewhere (e.g. on email or Word), and then cut and paste the answers into the form. If you try to submit the application before filling everything in an error message will occur. This may mean that you still need to provide further details in other sections. Click on each section to see what fields are still required. Be sure to select the correct date and venue when applying, for example take note of special programs i.e. TEACHERS or TEENS. At the end, click on SUBMIT APPLICATION.
We make every attempt to review applications as soon as possible. Ideally, we would like to get back to you within 3 to 4 weeks. However, processing time ranges from 1 day to 8 weeks, depending on the proximity of program you select and the current demand. Please excuse us of we exceed this time. It doesn’t mean we have forgotten about you, it means we have too many applications!
We love to receive applications from people who have been Anglos before. If you are a veteran (i.e. someone who has worked as an Anglo previously), you do not have to complete another application form. Just select dates and your request will be processed with priority. Unfortunately however, even being a veteran we cannot always guarantee a place in your program selection.
Sign in to the VOLUNTEER ZONE and check your application status.
After you have completed section 1, click onto the tab saying section 2, complete and so on. If you try to submit the application before filling everything in an error message will occur. This may mean that you still need to provide further details in other sections. Click on each on each section to see what else is required.
The best thing is to open an email account as all of our communication is done via e-mail, but if you don’t want to do this, it’s probably best to use a friend/partner´s email address, preferably someone who checks their messages frequently.
We receive thousands of applications from volunteers from all over the world. Please excuse us if at times there is a delay in getting back to you. It doesn’t mean we have forgotten about you, it means we have too many applications!
We have a priority process when responding to emails. Before emailing us with any questions, be sure to check the answer is not on our website!
You do not need to complete a new application form. You simply log into the VOLUNTEER ZONE and request a date.