We are delighted to offer a selection of the popular overseas working holidays for summer 2018.

These holidays are organised and run independently by members of the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO), which is the focal point for the worldwide National Trust movement.  We hope there’s something you will enjoy – whether it’s helping to restore a renowned pilgrimage church in the Czech Republic or conserving a historic Romanian mansion using traditional plastering techniques.  

Please note that we will be adding a larger selection of overseas working holidays in March 2018.

For more information visit the INTO website

Czech Republic


These working holidays are run by The Friends of Czech Heritage, a UK-based charity set up eleven years ago to raise awareness of historic buildings, artefacts, gardens and parks in the Czech Republic.

Preserving the UNESCO World Heritage Site Church of St John of Nepomuk, Moravia

The working holiday:  This holiday is new for 2018. You will work as part of an international team restoring the site of the pilgrimage church of St John of Nepomuk at Zelena hora, which is situated in the small city of Zdar nad Sazavou.  It was designed at the start of the 18th century by the renowned baroque architect J. B. Santini-Aichel and is known for its unusual star-shaped plan.  Tasks will involve simple building work, some land clearance and basic ground work.  No prior skills are required.  Age 20+.  During the week there will be the opportunity to visit some of the region’s houses and castles.  Participants can either be met at Brno airport off the Ryanair flight from Stansted.
 

Accommodation:  Full board and lodging will be provided in either single or double rooms. Bedding and towels provided. 

Dates:  23/06/2018 - 30/06/2018 
Price:  £95

Restoration at Červený Dvůr in Southern Bohemia


The working holiday:  This is the seventh holiday at Červený Dvůr, an estate that was once the summer residence of the Schwarzenberg family and is now a sanatorium.  Participants will work on the restoration of landscape features in the park, including one of the main fountains which has been unused for many years.  Tasks will involve digging and general gardening work.  No prior skills are required.  Age 20+.  

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.
 

Dates:  09/06/2018 - 16/06/2018 & 16/06/2018 - 23/06/2018
Price:  £95

Gardening at Krásný Dvůr, Western Bohemia

The working holiday:  Krásný Dvůr is a large estate that once belonged to the Czernin family and is now in the care of the Czech National Heritage Institute.  The estate is famous for its Renaissance manor and beautiful landscaped gardens, which have been developed over the centuries.  In 2018 the focus will be on restoring the water features in the park. Tasks will include ground clearance, digging and stone restoration - no prior skills required. Age 20+.

During the week there will be an excursion to Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), a spa town noted for its numerous thermal springs.  Participants will be met at Prague airport on the first day of the holiday.
 

Accommodation:  You’ll stay in a local pension in shared twin-bedded rooms. 
 

Dates:  07/09/2018 - 14/09/2018
Price:  £95
To book please email:  info@czechfriends.net with your contact details and preferred date. For more information about this organisation go to www.czechfriends.net

Romania


These holidays are organised by the Pro Patrimonio Foundation – Romania’s National Trust. The Foundation was set up in 2000 to save, preserve and restore the architectural and cultural heritage of Romania.  It provides support for the restoration and re-use of historic buildings and actively promotes the use of appropriate construction techniques and traditional craftsmanship.

Conservation & Rehabilitation of the Park and Gardens at Villa Golescu


The working holiday:  You’ll be based at Villa Golescu in the charming city of Campulung Muscel which is situated in the outlying hills of the Carpathian mountains.  Built in 1910, the villa is a beautiful example of the neo-romanian style in the region and it has survived the wars and communist era thanks to the family’s descendants who wished to save it for future generations. 

The villa’s grounds comprise a beautiful terraced park and gardens that include many rare and exotic species brought from abroad by the original owner during the early years of last century.  Help us to restore and conserve these unique and historic gardens!   Tasks will be varied including restoring an old natural spring, repairing the stonework of the garden’s walls and some clearing of vegetation.

There’ll also be the opportunity to discover the rich heritage of Campulung Muscel, which dates back to 1300, and enjoy the beautiful forests and mountain landscapes of the area. 
 

Accommodation:  Participants can choose from:  camping in the park,  1 room with 6 beds in the villa’s annex or 3 double rooms and 1 single room in the villa.  All meals will be served in the villa.
 

Dates:  13/05/2018 - 20/05/2018
Price:  180 € (£165*) for camping in the park; 220 € (£201*) for accommodation in the annex; 260 € (£238*) to stay in the villa.  
* An approximate GBP £ price based on an exchange rate of 1.0904 on 9 Oct 2017


Learn Blacksmithing & Traditional Crafts at the Manor, Moldavia


The working holiday:  This is your opportunity to try traditional crafts in the grounds of the Petre Carp manor built at the end of the 17th century.  Several annex buildings have been built over the years including a neo-gothic family mausoleum designed by Gustave Eiffel.

The manor, its surrounding buildings and historic parklands, form a unique architectural ensemble in the hilly region of Moldavia, eastern Romania.  These days the manor is a continuously developing cultural centre and each summer Pro Patrimonio organizes workshops covering diverse traditional crafts including blacksmithing, wood carving, restoration techniques, pottery, carpentry, fresco conservation and plastering.  Your working holiday will be centred around these workshops.  


Accommodation:  Accommodation and meals are provided in several historic buildings in the grounds.


Dates:  29/07/2018 – 12/08/2018
Price:  280 € (£257*)  This price includes planned visits to some local attractions.  There is the opportunity to organise additional visits for an extra charge.  
*An approximate GBP £ price based on an exchange rate of 1.0904  on 9 Oct 2017


Traditional Plastering at Neamtu Mansion, Southern Romania


The working holiday:  The Neamtu mansion, a National Heritage Monument, is situated in the village of Olari in Olt County and is very close to the Danube.  It is one of the few remaining examples of a preserved Neo-Romanian style property in the south of the country.

The mansion’s history starts around 1400 and, having been through numerous changes of ownership, it was completely restructured by Ion Mincu, one of Romania’s most celebrated architects.  Further changes  were made early last century, including the addition of belvedere towers and balconies, in a style heavily influenced by the Art Nouveau movement.  The working holiday will focus on using traditional techniques for plaster on interior and exterior walls. 

Accommodation:  Participants can choose from camping on site or 2 rooms (each with 3 beds) in the mansion.

Dates:  16/07/2018 – 22/07/2018 & 23/07/2018 – 29/07/2018 
Price:  160 € (£147*) for camping or 200 € (£183*) for accommodation in the mansion.
*An approximate GBP £ price based on an exchange rate of 1.0904 on 9 Oct 2017
To book please email:  bucharest@propatrimonio.org stating your preferred holiday and contact details.  For more information about this organisation go to www.propatrimonio.org