National Trust Working Holidays
Britain’s National Trust cares for more wildlife, including 1,250 vulnerable species, than any other European charity. It owns more than 240,000 hectares of land and 575 miles of coastline, making it the largest private landowner in Britain. A virtual army of staff and volunteers assist in managing these habitats with 450 well-organized holidays a year in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The catalog is online. Bookings from overseas volunteers between 18 and 70 are welcome and very inexpensive at about £60 per week, including food and hostel accommodations. Most older adults choose projects classified as Oak, Oak Plus, and Archaeological Holidays because they are less physically rigorous. (review by Alison Gardner).
Visit: National Trust.
Orangutan Foundation International
There are only two islands in the world where the highly endangered orangutan can be found in the wild: Sumatra and Borneo. As the only organization dedicated solely to preservation of orangutans and their dwindling rainforest habitat, OFI offers a well-established study tour/volunteer program of frontline field experiences. Fifty to 60 percent of volunteer vacationers are older adults (review by Alison Gardner).
Contact: www.orangutan.org. British conservation tour operator, Discovery Initiatives, manages OFI volunteer travel programs; www.orangutan.org.uk.
SCI (Service Civil International)
SCI is an exchange organization that sends volunteers on 2-3 week international work projects and long term 3-12 month opportunities in over 50 countries, including England. For all overseas camps the fee is US$235. Workcamps include shared accommodations, group self-cooked meals and basic health/accident insurance, without additional cost, unless otherwise noted in the camp description. SCI promotes voluntary service to impact social, environmental and humanitarian issues.
Visit: www.sci.ngo for an application.
Scottish counterpart of the National Trust. Includes archaeological digs and trail building camps.
Trees for Life
An award winning conservation charity based in the Scottish Highlands, working to restore the Caledonian forests. Join us on a Work Week and help us plant 250,000 trees as part of the United Nations Seven Billion Trees campaign!
Conservation work includes: tree planting, non-native tree removal, habitat restoration, seed collection, survey work and more, in a variety of stunning locations.
Work Weeks run Saturday to Saturday, March to June and September to November. All food and accommodation is provided. Volunteers must be 18+. No previous experience needed, but reasonable level of fitness required.
Volunteers for Peace
VFP offers over 3000 projects in more than 90 countries every year, including the UK! Project cost starts at $500, which includes food and accommodation. Types of project include construction, environmental, agricultural, social, work with kids, renovation, art and culture and more! Since 1982, VFP has exchanged over 32,000 volunteers worldwide. Start planning your volunteer adventure or learn how to get involved at VFP.org!
Contact: 7 Kilburn St. STE 316, Burlington, VT 05401; tel. 1 (802) 540-3060; firstname.lastname@example.org, vfp.org