Make a difference on your trip to Britain
If you want to make a difference on your trip to Britain, why not do some volunteering?
On a volunteer break you can work alongside experts and other volunteers on a special project. So whether you're interested in conservation, wildlife or organising special events, there's a volunteer break for you in Britain.
The National Trust is a charity which protects and opens to the public over 300 historic houses, gardens and industrial monuments in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The charity runs around 450 Working Holidays every year, ranging from carrying out a conservation survey and herding goats to painting a lighthouse and planting trees.
Working Holidays range from 2 to 7 days, and food and accommodation is included in the price – from £35. You don’t need any previous experience in similar projects, as you’ll be led by experienced and trained volunteer leaders.
Anyone over the age of 16 can join a Working Holiday, and there are special holidays for volunteers aged 16-18, 21-40 and 40+. The Working Holidays you can choose from include: outdoor conservation; organising National Trust events; construction; gardening; surveying and countryside conservation with outdoor pursuits.
For most of the Working Holidays, your accommodation will be a National Trust basecamp - these are farmhouses, cottages or apartments that have been converted into volunteer accommodation. Working Holidays allow you to work at your own pace, with regular breaks and a picnic for lunch. Work days are usually from 09:00 to 17:00, and you’ll get every evening and one day off a week.
If you don’t have much time, why not try being a day volunteer instead? The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) runs 1-day conservation tasks all over Britain during the week and at weekends. There’s no need to book in advance, you just turn up at the meeting point on the day.
Tasks vary from tree planting to dry stone walling, footpath construction to creating wildlife habitats. Like the Working Holidays, you don’t need any previous experience – the trained project leader will guide you through your task and you’re free to work at your own pace.
The day projects are usually open to volunteers over the age of 16, although if you’re under 18 you’ll need to provide confirmation of parental consent. Volunteering with BTVC is completely free, and they provide all the tools you need.
Not only is a volunteer break a great way to make a difference, it’s also a great opportunity to get closer to some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery. So if you’re team spirited, enjoy being outdoors and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, come and volunteer in Britain.
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