"I travelled from Paris to Northern Ireland to Volunteer with the National Trust"

Clementine a volunteer at the Giant's Causeway standing in the Exhibition area

We're celebrating Volunteers' Week this year, 1 - 7 June 2019, as a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution our National Trust volunteers make across our sites. We are shining a light on Clementine Rhein who took some time out from studying in France last year to volunteer in Northern Ireland at the Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede.

1. What made you want to volunteer?

As part of my Tourism course I decided I wanted to do some volunteering and chose Northern Ireland as it has so many beautiful landscapes.

2. Where did you volunteer and for how long?

I volunteered for one month in total; one week at Carrick-a-Rede and three weeks at The Giant’s Causeway.

3. Tell us a bit about some of the roles / areas of the organisation that you have volunteering in?

I had the chance to do multiples roles including working in the car park, the booking office, at the till in both retail and reception, outside to regulate the flow of traffic, introducing and selling membership as well as inform, give directions and recommendations at the Tourist Information Center. Volunteering gave me the opportunity to learn about the National Trust and its role in conserving the sites and their history, how the sites are operated and the hard work that goes into keeping both sites running.

Waves crashing between mainland and Carrick-a-Rede island
Waves crashing on Carrick-a-Rede island
Waves crashing between mainland and Carrick-a-Rede island

4. Tell us a bit about what interested you in volunteering with the National Trust?

The special way the National Trust staff maintain the quality of welcome when there are so many visitors to manage daily was something that I was interested in finding out more about.

5. What has surprised you most about volunteering with the National Trust?

People would be surprised by the many different conservation roles of the National Trust! I was surprised at all the things they do to welcome the large numbers of visitors while protecting the sites.

6. What have you enjoyed most about volunteering with the National Trust?

It has been amazing working with the teams at Carrick-a-Rede and the Giant’s Causeway - they were very welcoming, interesting and answered all the questions I had about the National Trust and the differences between Northern Ireland and France.

7. Would you recommend to others to volunteer with the National Trust?

Yes, volunteering with the National Trust is an amazing opportunity for students in Tourism like me to discover how busy tourist sites work while practicing English and discovering how beautiful Northern Ireland is. Joining was really easy and quick. I really felt like I was very welcome to join, and everything was made very simple and straightforward.

Each year thousands of volunteers join us in caring for all the special places you love. If you're interested in volunteering at the National Trust, check out the latest volunteering opportunities avaliable.