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National Trust Working Holidays

Updated on March 6, 2009

If you have a holiday coming up and are tired of the same old choices, or if you want to give something back during your vacation time, a great way is to do a Working Holiday with the National Trust.

What is the National Trust?

In the UK, the National Trust cares for over 300 historic houses and gardens and 49 industrial monuments and mills that are open to the public for visiting. On top of these sites, they also look after forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles and nature reserves. The goal of the National Trust is to protect and preserve the buildings, countryside and coastline of the UK, including England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Of course, to be able to do all of this, the charity relys on their over 50,000 volunteers, which is where working holidays come in.

What is a Working Holiday?

Exactly as the name says, while on this type of holiday, you are going to be doing some kind of work for the National Trust. The holidays range from 2 days (usually over a weekend) to 7 days all over England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The holidays are open to everyone, you don't have to have any experience what-so-ever. I did a 2 day wall building weekend in Wales and I had never built a stone wall in my life. Over the two days, we repaired traditional stone walls surrounding the fields in Northern Wales. Was it exhausting - yes, but was it fun - definitely. I enjoyed it so much, I have since attended a week long holiday held in the east of England doing conservation work.

When on a working holiday, all food is provided and you stay in hostel style accommodation. You are part of a group so even if you book as a single, you will not be alone. Everyone there is like-minded and come from all walks of life and ages - from secondary school students to seniors. Activities range from clearing debris from beaches to maintaining different habitats to scrub clearing and the list goes on and on. There are so many places and different types of holidays held throughout the year, you will be hard pressed to not find something you don't like. Although, be warned the popular ones book up fast and there are only a limited number of places on each holiday.

I cannot recommend this type of holiday more if you are looking for a way to give back will on your vacation. For more information about National Trust Working Holidays, visit their website.


Stone Wall Building in Wales on a National Trust Working Holiday

The stones before starting to build.
The stones before starting to build.
Almost finished.
Almost finished.
The completed wall.
The completed wall.
The Working Holiday Group with our wall.
The Working Holiday Group with our wall.

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      Julianna 

      9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Wow!!! The working holiday sounds exciting, I would love to see some of the architecture and stone in Wales as my natural father and his family were from their. I have always dreamed of traveling there but haven't yet achieved my goal. Great Hub!!:)

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