volunteer at Blickling Hall (photo by Erin Moncur)

Escape the daily grind on a National Trust working holiday

No laptops or business calls from a hotel room – guest blogger Erin Moncur discovers how a working holiday can be a very good thing when the National Trust are involved…

Are you team spirited? Do you enjoy the great outdoors? If you answered ‘yes’ to both of those questions and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, then a National Trust Working Holiday might be the thing for you.

The National Trust runs over 400 volunteering projects a year, giving people the chance to help the environment while escaping the daily grind. The holidays range from two to seven days and with so many options to choose from, there is something for everyone.

work and stay in Dovedale, Peak District (photo by Erin Moncur)
work and stay in Dovedale, Peak District (photo by Erin Moncur)

For families or solo holiday-makers

The National Trust highlight six main categories to choose from, including youth discovery – a chance for teenagers to carry out conservation work while enjoying social activities with others the same age; independent; and family. Most include youth hostel style accommodation, with prices starting at £85 for a short break.

The family option starts at £125 and is aimed at children aged between 6 and 16 and their parents. Fun activities such as pond dipping, survival skills and scavenger hunts make this a great family holiday option. (Find out more about the types of holidays on their website.)

volunteer at Blickling Hall (photo by Erin Moncur)
volunteer at Blickling Hall (photo by Erin Moncur)

Holiday Activities

There are so many activities to chose from, whether you’re a budding archeologist, sports fan, a lover of outdoor activities or a keen gardener, they have got you covered. You can get involved in an existing archaeological project, mix the conservation work with wild swimming and help create a garden masterpiece.

History lovers have a chance to take on a character and walk around a historic building at one of their popular events, or to handle and archive some wonderful, historic collections. Regardless of your interests, you are spoilt for choice.

sheep at National Trust property Felbrigg Hall (photo by Erin Moncur)
sheep at National Trust property Felbrigg Hall (photo by Erin Moncur)

Help Overseas

The National Trust have an expanded selection of holidays abroad. For the last four years they have teamed up with the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO) to send keen volunteers overseas to countries such as Spain and Slovakia. If you fancy helping to restore a historic fountain in the heart of the Czech Republic, or an ancient staircase in a castle in France, look no further.

So, if you are looking for a break with a difference, want to help the environment, like the idea of waking up in a beautiful location and would love the chance to enjoy some exciting conservation activities with great new friends, then a National Trust Working Holiday could be what you’ve been looking for!

For more information, visit the National Trust website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays/working-holidays

Email: working.holidays@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 0344 800 3099

 

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