Events, Hostels, Issue 9

Lending a hand

Why not try a Working Holiday with YHA this winter? 

Tis the season to be jolly, the most wonderful time of the year – and perhaps also an occasion to explore somewhere new. There’s no better time to join other volunteers on a YHA Working Holiday. Our winter breaks not only allow you to try out volunteering without any long-term commitment, they also grant you a stay in some of the most spectacular parts of England and Wales. You choose where and when you go, and for how long. Simple.

The options are varied. You might be building a drystone wall, sprucing up a coastal garden or giving a hostel interior a fresh coat of paint. You might be tidying, decorating or info-gathering. What we can guarantee is that you’ll be meeting new people, learning new skills and supporting the work we do as a charity. A YHA Working Holiday gives you valuable experience for your CV – and most crucially of all, helps us keep hostelling thriving for future generations.

The holidays are open to people of all ages, so long as you’re 16 or above (or 15, if you don’t need on-site accommodation). We’ll help with your travel expenses, provide you with discounted meals and, where available, o er you free accommodation. We’re also committed to helping you volunteer in a secure and enjoyable environment, ensuring all safety precautions are taken care of.

And naturally, during your free time, you’ll be able to explore the local area at your leisure. Some hostels even throw in a free BBQ, fish and chip supper or extra night’s stay for volunteers.

It’s worth noting too that all YHA Working Holidays of four nights or more are also a great way to achieve your DofE Gold AwardResidential section. Just let us know at the time of booking.

For full info, and a rundown of all YHA Working Holidays over the next few months, visit volunteer.yha.org.uk/vk/volunteers/events.htm. Note that new volunteer opportunities will be added through the season.

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