Does a holiday sound like too much hard work?

A Working Holiday

Does your family need to have a holiday a little closer to home this year?

Do you want to encourage your children to take care of the world around them and teach them how to give back to the community?  Then a National Trust Working Holiday might be a perfect way to pack all of those things into one fun family adventure!

The work that your family does will also help to keep all of those wonderful places across the country open for everyone to experience and enjoy. There are plenty of fun activities for adults and children such as pond dipping, learning survival skills, carrying out plant surveys, bush craft, canoeing, mountain biking, rock pooling and scavenger hunts.

An example of one of the family working holidays being offered over the Easter Holiday this year is at Stackpole woodland in the south-west corner of Wales.  “You’ll take part in conservation tasks on the beaches, woodlands and lakeside.Tasks will include scrub clearance, beach cleaning and maybe a campfire in the woods, and don’t forget to bring your we weather gear to have a go at canoeing!”

Accommodation (which is in family or adjoining rooms with private facilities – en-suite or close by) food (everyone gets involved in preparing and serving the meals so your children will see that it is not just Mum that wants them to help with the washing up!) and local transfer from or to the nearest bus/rail pick up point are included in the cost of the holiday. For a 3 night eco adventure in south west wales this April, the cost per person is £140.  The list of locations is always growing and changing depending on where the need is each year, so do visit their website to explore more and see if there is a good fit for your family.

And lastly, but perhaps most importantly, these adventures would not be possible without the many dedicated volunteer leaders.  Volunteer leaders make sure that you are welcomed to your accommodation and provide delicious menus that the group can cook together so that everyone is well-fed after a hard day’s work.  You might know someone who would a fantastic volunteer leader, if so put them in touch with the National Trust.

Amazing opportunity for older children!

If you have a teenager (between 16 – 18) that could benefit from a working holiday experience, the National Trust also has Youth Discovery holidays which are perfect for providing the opportunity for them to learn new skills (photography, fence building, coasteering etc) and also engage in real team work in an incredible environment.  They can also work towards completing a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, or a John Muir Discovery Award on some of the holidays, which promotes personal development and responsibility for wild places.  The leaders provide plenty of support to ensure that your child will have a great time, make new friends, memories and learn new skills.

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