Residential volunteering

Residential volunteering can mean living away from home, trying things for a week, a year or even longer.

Opportunities exist in a wide range of organisations including environmental and conservation groups, care organisations and animal welfare.

These opportunities usually provide accommodation and meals; some may provide a ‘living allowance’ and can be referred to as ‘working holidays’. There are different commitments required for all of these roles, so read the terms carefully and contact the organisaton if you have any queries. There can be a charge for this kind of volunteering.

We’ve listed below some organisations that provide long-term or full-time volunteering opportunities. You can contact them directly for moreinformation or to apply for a placement. Some organisations may accept volunteers from outside the UK.

  • TCV (The  Conservation Volunteers). The country's leading charity protecting the environment through practical action. Includes conservation holidays both in the UK and overseas.
  • Volunteering Matters. Volunteering Matters vision is of a society where everyone can participate to build healthy, enterprising, inclusive communities. Every year, Volunteering Matters involves over 150,000 volunteers in high quality opportunities that enrich lives and tackle real need.
  • National Trust for Scotland. Conservation charity that protects and promotes Scotland's natural and cultural. They run Thistle Camp full-time volunteering opportunities, usually for a week at a time.
  • The National Trust. If you want to travel further afield The National Trust organize volunteering activities in the UK and abroad. This includes work to preserve and protect the building, countryside and coastline of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This includes practical conservation, learning and discovery encouraging everyone to visit and enjoy their national heritage.  
  • RSPB. The RSPB offer over 40 different places to stay and opportunities including helping out on reserves undertaking practical conservation tasks. These can range from 1 week to 6 months with the chance to do it alone or bring a friend.
  • Trees for Life has planted over one million trees and has created 10,000 acres of new Caledonian Forest. Almost all of our conservation work is carried out by volunteers. Last year we planted our millionth tree and our new target is to establish a million more in the next five years. Check out their residential volunteering opportunities. 

You can also search for residential volunteering on our website by checking the ‘yes/no’ check box next to the volunteering opportunity.