Escola Voladors is located at  -MÓN- La Bassa. «La Bassa» is a place in nature where animals live – and humans are invited to live with them respect, and love them. At «La Bassa,» humans can find a space for personal growth, for learning about life, and for becoming a responsible and loving being.

In 2014, with the desire to create a better world, the Petits Voladors Project was born, making La Bassa the only animal sanctuary with its own school in the world. The Petits Voladors project, now transformed into Escola Voladors, educate children in order to love and respect life, in all its manifestations. At La Bassa animals and children coexist in a peaceful, loving, and respectful way.

Escola Volador is an education project for children from 1 to 6 years old. At Escola Volador, there is a conscious support for the integral development of children with respectful ratios in order to be able to keep an eye on the needs of each child and each family.

Emotional education, values ​​education, active learning, citizen participation, and respect for all forms of life are especially important in this educational space.

In the daily life of the children in Escola Voladors; free play, creative and artistic expression, exciting and motivating educational proposals, interaction with their environment with excursions, visits from people who show us what they are engaged in, responsibilities in household chores, participation in the care of farm animals and, above all, the enjoyment of human and animal friendships are all part of the school day.

Future project.

The project started in September 2014 with the help of -Món- La Bassa, a non-profit association that aims to promote animal welfare and this and other educational projects. The main project for the future is the creation of a primary school of the same pedagogical line. This will be done with the expansion of the animal shelter where the animals rescued by -Món- La Bassa lives.


The educational activities take place at -Món- La Bassa, which is located in the municipality of El Vendrell (Tarragona, Catalonia), in the Pla de Mar, area listed as a Wildlife Refuge and Agricultural Protection.

Being around animals is extremely good for children

Being around animals is extremely good for children. Helping to take care of an animal gives children a sense of pride and accomplishment. Children who learn to care for an animal learn, that what they do actually matters.

Studies have shown that children who take responsibility for animals have higher levels of self-esteem than those that don’t.

Animals are great teachers. Being around animals teaches you about relationships. Children and grown-ups alike will learn that if they want to be liked and trusted by the animal, they’ll need to treat the animal carefully and kindly.

Learning to care for an animal helps them to learn how to care for people.

Scientific articles on the subject

Most of the teachers surveyed believe that the use of live animals in the classroom contributed positively to increased empathy, as well as socio-emotional development, in students […]

Daly, B., & Suggs, S. (2010).
Teachers’ experiences with humane education and animals in the elementary classroom: implications for empathy development. Journal of Moral Education, 39 (1), 101-112.

Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) in children are valuable programs that act positively on a wide variety of social and clinical problems, such as behavioral problems and spectrum symptoms autistic. The results suggest that animals positively influence the development of children and have a valuable role in therapies.

Endenburg, N., & van Lith, H. A. (2011).
The influence of animals on the development of children. The Veterinary Journal, 190 (2), 208-214. 

Children participating in Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) have been shown to significantly improve their social skills and relationships with their teachers and parents. Regarding academic competencies, no significant differences were detected between the students who participated in AAA and those who did not. Lastly, it was shown that problem behaviors decrease significantly among teachers and students who participate in AAA. […]

O’Haire, M.E., McKenzie, S.J., McCune, S., Slaughter, V. (2013).
Effects of animal-assisted activities with guinea pigs in the primary school classroom. Anthrozoös: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 26 (3), 445-458.