National Trust

A wide range of working holidays are available, from short breaks to volunteering holidays. Some of the activities that can be done while volunteering include gardening, looking after historic houses, beach cleaning and archaeology. The majority of the holidays take part in the Snowdonia and Llŷn Peninsula area, however there are a few in Gower as well as Mid and South Wales. A working holiday include accommodation, food and local transfers. For more information, visit the National Trust website.

Aerial shot of Wales Coast Path amongst lush green hedgerow leading to the beach.

Porth Meudwy, Llŷn Peninsula

Centre for Alternative Technology - Machynlleth

Award winning Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Machynlleth, Mid Wales is a world-leading Eco Centre that demonstrates and showcases practical solutions for a sustainable future.

Having delivered quality courses on a huge range of sustainability topics for over 40 years, CAT’s newly developed group travel packages are perfect for groups looking for something a little different.

Expert tutors guide visitors through experiences ranging from traditional crafts and sustainable building to ecology and organic gardening. Favourites include clay oven building, nature connection walks and building pallet wood furniture. The Zero Carbon Britain workshop explores the radical changes needed to rise to the climate challenge.

On-site accommodation, a vegetarian café, free parking for cars or coaches and acres of woodlands and organic gardens provide the ideal setting. Bespoke workshops and tours range from one hour sessions to multi-day packages. Give the group travel team at CAT a call or send an enquiry to learn more.

Volunteer days – Join CAT’s vibrant group of international volunteers for the day and get stuck in to helping manage the beautiful woodlands or wildlife friendly gardens.

Visit the Centre for Alternative Technology website or make an enquiry to find out more.

A pair of hands moulding clay from a bucket at Centre for Alternative Technology.
A view of the allotment and sheds at Centre for Alternative Technology.
A lady in a hard hat holding a spirit level on a sustainability course at Centre for Alternative Technology.

Centre for Alternative Technology

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) offers residential volunteering for anyone who wishes to try something new. There are many RSPB Sites around Wales, offering work such as managing a nature reserve as well as practical conservation including clearing vegetation, managing livestock and staffing visitor centre. Accommodation is provided.

A couple of puffins in their natural habitat on the headland of Skomer Island.
A stork living wild on the Llŷn Peninsula.

Puffins on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire and a stork on Llŷn Peninsula, Snowdonia

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre offer seasonal volunteers opportunities to help them contribute towards marine conservation. Work could include surveying, collecting data and researching mammals Volunteers will be required to pay for accommodation, living costs and travel, although shared same gender accommodation can be arranged.

Dolphins swimming in the sea along Cardigan Bay.
Seals resting on the rocks by the sea in Cardigan Bay.

Dolphins and seals on Cardigan Bay

Youth Hostel Association

The Youth Hostel Association (YHA) run a number of working holidays across the network in the off season when the hostels are quieter from October through to March. Anyone who is interested can register on the website to be informed when holidays are ready for sign up.

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