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.
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.
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.
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.
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.