Overseas working holidays

A group on an overseas working holiday © The Friends of the Czech Heritage

A group on an overseas working holiday

Working in partnership with the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO) for the fourth conservative year, we are delighted to offer new Working Holidays for 2015. Whether it’s saving renaissance treasures in Slovakia, archaeology in Spain, gardening in the Czech Republic or restoring an ancient castle in France, we hope there’ll be something for you to enjoy! We’ll be adding  another selection of Working Holidays in March 2015.

INTO is the focal point for the worldwide National Trust movement, bringing together many diverse heritage conservation organisations. For more information please visit: www.internationaltrusts.org

SLOVAKIA
This holiday is organised by the National Trust of Slovakia, a non-profit organisation set up in 1996 by a small group of dedicated conservationists.

Saving Renaissance Treasures in the Carpathians
Dates: 09/08/2015 – 22/08/2015
The Working Holiday: Liptovský Ondrej is a charming village in the High Tatra Mountains in Northern Slovakia. The village was formerly owned by the Andreánsky family and part of their legacy was the construction of seven beautiful manor houses. These days only the remains of the buildings are left. Participants of our Working Holiday will be involved in saving the physical structure of the oldest manor (‘kuria’) situated in the heart of the village and dating back to the 1530’s. You’ll have the opportunity to learn conservation techniques working under expert guidance. There’ll also be time to explore the rich natural heritage in two outstanding National Parks: the Low and High Tatras. Pick up at Liptovský Mikuláš train station in the afternoon on the start date of the holiday.
Note: This holiday is most suited to 18-35 year olds who have a good level of fitness.
Accommodation: In a nearby guest house. Bedding and towel provided.
Price: EUR200 (£163*)
*An approximate GBP £ price based on an exchange rate of 1.2268 on 17 Oct 2014.
To book please email: kubikova@nt.sk with your contact details. For further information about the organisation visit www.nt.sk

SPAIN
This holiday is run in conjunction with Tesouros de Galicia, a non-profit organisation with a vision to help the recovery of the heritage of North West Spain.

Community Archaeology on the beautiful Galician Coast
Dates: 02/08/2015 - 15/08/2015 & 16/08/2015 - 29/08/2015
The Working Holiday: Join our community archaeology project and make the most of your skills in this idyllic landscape! You’ll be part of a team carrying out work at A Cabeciña, an impressive Iron Age hill fort surrounded by Bronze Age rock art engravings and overlooking the ocean. Tasks will typically include archaeology excavations in the fort and 3D recording of the unique rock art. During the holiday there will be plenty of opportunities to get to know Galicia in depth: its people, landscape, gastronomy, fiestas and history.
You will be met at Santiago de Compostela airport on the first day of the holiday.
Accommodation: Full board at a local hostel in shared rooms. All bed linen and towels provided. The hostel provides home cooked meals using fruit and vegetables from their own garden and other locally sourced produce. Private en-suite rooms are available for an additional charge.
Cost: EUR150 (£122*)
*An approximate GBP £ price based on an exchange rate of 1.2268 on 17 Oct 2014.
To book please email: adm@tesourosdegalicia.com with your preferred date and contact details. For more information visit: www.tesourosdegalicia.com
To view a video from last year’s holiday on YouTube

CZECH REPUBLIC
This Working Holiday is run by The Friends of Czech Heritage, a UK-based charity set up seven years ago to raise awareness of historic buildings, artefacts, gardens and parks in the Czech Republic.

Restoration at Cervený Dvur in Southern Bohemia, Czech Republic
Dates: 06/06/2015-13/06/2015 & 13/06/2015-20/06/2015 & 20/06/2015-27/06/2015
The Working Holiday: Cervený Dvur is an estate that was once the summer residence of the Schwarzenberg family and is now a sanatorium. Participants will work on the restoration of the eighteenth century gardener’s cottage on the estate and help to recreate the formal gardens of the chateau. Tasks will involve simple building work and some clearance work around the landscape features in the grounds. No prior skill is required. During the week there will be the opportunity to visit some of the region’s houses and castles. Participants can either be met at Linz airport off the afternoon Ryanair flight from Stansted, or in Ceský Krumlov.
Accommodation: Full board and lodging in twin bedrooms in the stable wing of the chateau. Bedding and towels provided.
Price: £65
To book please email: info@czechfriends.net with your contact details and preferred date. For more information about this organisation visit: www.czechfriends.net

FRANCE
These holidays are organised by Union REMPART, a union of 170 non-profit associations run mainly by volunteers. They offer numerous Working Holidays throughout France each year, and we are featuring two now. Please note that whilst some English is spoken on the holidays, a basic knowledge of French would be advantageous.

Enjoy the Castle Lifestyle in Bissy-sur-Fley, Burgundy, France
Dates: 01/08/2015 – 16/08/2015
The Working Holiday: This typical Burgundy castle overlooks the tiny village of Bissy-sur-Fley and has been a key feature of the local landscape since the twelfth century. Our local members work to restore it every summer and have plenty of energy to bring back to life this lovable place. Under the supervision of an expert in traditional coatings, participants will work at the restoration of an ancient stair case and at the castle’s chapel. No previous experience is necessary. In addition to this exciting challenge, there will also be time to visit the famous Cluny Abbey, the nearby city of Chalon-sur-Saône and experience the world famous Burgundy gastronomy. Many other activities are planned by the holiday leaders. Pick up at Chalon-sur-Saône train station upon request.
Accommodation: Small dormitories in the castle with hot showers and toilets. Mattresses are provided but you will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Participants will share shopping, cooking and cleaning duties.
Price: EUR220 (£179*)
*An approximate GBP £ price based on an exchange rate of 1.2268 on 17 Oct 2014.

Experience Traditional Masonry at Budos Castle, Aquitaine, France
Dates: 20/07/2015 – 31/07/2015 & 03/08/2015 – 14/08/2015 & 17/08/2015 – 28/08/2015
The Working Holiday: Budos Castle, situated in Aquitaine in South West France, was built in the early fourteenth century and was severely damaged in the French Revolution more than four centuries later. Nowadays it holds ‘Historic Listed Building’ status and is currently undergoing restoration. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills in stone cutting and traditional masonry techniques under expert guidance to assist with this project. There will also be time to discover the fantastic heritage in the region and enjoy cultural activities planned by the holiday leaders.
Accommodation: Camping in tents that sleep a maximum of four people, with showers and toilets in separate buildings. Mattresses are provided but you will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Participants will share shopping, cooking and cleaning duties. Please note participants will be asked to make a small financial contribution for leisure activities.
Price: EUR180 (£147*)
*An approximate GBP £ price based on an exchange rate of 1.2268 on 17 Oct 2014.
To book please email: workingholidays@rempart.com with your preferred holiday, date and contact details. For more information about this organisation and to view other holidays visit: www.rempart.com

Overseas Working Holidays
The National Trust does not sell or offer for sale the working holidays that take place overseas. The Working Holidays that take place overseas are provided by National Trust organisations overseas. We are not affiliated with these Trusts. For full details of the overseas working holidays please contact the providers of these holidays.