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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

You can also search for residential volunteering on the new search site.