Dive to remove plastic waste from the sea in Barcelona

“This dive holiday with a difference from one of our long-standing volunteering partners offers you the chance to work on your diving skills whilst joining the vital fight to remove plastic waste from the beautiful Mediterranean basin.”

Description of Dive to remove plastic waste from the sea in Barcelona

The Mediterranean basin is known as one of the most spectacular areas of western Europe, and yet it is currently under threat from the single use plastic crisis. This threat is so serious that it is predicted that there will be more plastic in the sea than marine life by 2050.

Join the international effort to save our planet from single use plastic waste on this conservation and diving adventure. You will be based in the beautiful city of Barcelona, from where you will complete daily dives to remove plastics and other rubbish such as fishing nets from the seabed. The volunteer project takes place each morning, with afternoons free to learn Spanish, explore the area or simply relax at the beach.

Whilst in Barcelona, you will have the opportunity to improve your diving skills - or indeed learn to dive for the first time. Every participant will have the opportunity to gain further diving qualifications during their stay, whilst also making a fantastic difference to the planet.

In the past 3 months alone, over 100kg of plastic and fishing gear have been removed from the seabed. This is only the start.

Accommodation and food

You will stay in a newly built eco-hostel a 40 minute metro ride from the city centre. The hostel provides three meals per day, and can cater for most dietary requirements. The hostel has a swimming pool and lovely gardens. There are solar panels on the roof and grey water is recycled.

Day-by-day experiences

Sunday:Arrive to Barcelona. Airport collection and transfer by metro to the eco-hostel
Monday:Project and city orientation
Tuesday:Meet the project staff, have an induction and start your volunteer project
Wednesday:Volunteer project - work for about 4 hours each day, with the rest of the day to explore, relax or learn Spanish
Thursday:Continue with volunteer project
Friday:Continue with volunteer project
Saturday:If you are staying just one week, fly home. If you are staying longer, you have a free day
Sunday:Free day to relax, explore and enjoy Barcelona
Monday -:If you are staying for longer than one week, which is highly recommended, your following weeks will be Monday - Friday volunteering, with weekends free

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Low carbon:
We are able to advise customers on train travel to Spain, we can tailor advice for individuals. For Barcelona, there are again 2 options: getting the bus (duration 25 hours) or the train from St Pancras to Paris to Barcelona (duration 12 hours). There is a £50 discount for people that travel overland. The accommodation used on this trip has solar panels that provide electricity and heating, and the modern design allows for a minimum amount of heat to be wasted.
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

The project
This project is all about removing single use plastic and other rubbish from the seabed. During the last 3 months, over 100kg of plastic waste has been collected and recycled.

Your accommodation
The accommodation that you will stay in makes every effort to be as sustainable as possible. There are solar panels which provide the electricity and heating, and the modern design allows for a minimum amount of heat to be wasted. Additionally, there are solar tubes with a mirror system which allow the bathrooms to always have natural light during the day without th eneed to turn on the light; there is a rainwater collection system and grey water reuse system.

Protecting the world
We are passionate about encouraging our travellers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic, and electricity usage.

We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.

The Impacts of this Trip

Helping the local economy
The project also helps the local economy. Our participants spend money on food and leisure; rent is paid to the local landlord. All participants join a tour of Barcelona which is led by homeless people, who receive a fair wage which can be spent on food and accommodation. Not only does this help local people who are blighted by poverty, it encourages sensitivity and understanding. The hostel is a social enterprise, so a big part of the profit goes towards social projects that it runs.

Where possible, money is invested in the local economy and local staff are employed. We are passionate about supporting the local community, as without them, our projects could not run.

Cultural sensitivity
Our pre-departure briefing includes a special session entitled ‘Responsible Tourism’ where we discuss cultural differences and sensitivities as well as advising volunteers on appropriate conduct. People a briefed on what is considered polite in terms of eating, greeting and dressing. It is encouraged that all volunteers learn some Portuguese prior to departure, and they get a helping hand whilst out there as well.


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