Overseas working holidays

We are delighted to offer a selection of the popular overseas working holidays for summer 2019. 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 is something for everyone to enjoy – whether it’s learning traditional blacksmithing or plastering in Romania, or helping to conserve a castle or rebuilding a historic garden pavilion in the Czech Republic.

Please note that we will be uploading more overseas working holidays in March 2019.

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.

Traditional Lime Plastering at Neamtu Mansion, Southern Romania

The Neamtu mansion, a National Heritage Monument, is situated in Olari, 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.

Meeting point: We can advise on local transport links to Olari.

Accommodation: You can choose from camping on site (2 tents provided by the Foundation) or 2 rooms (each with 3 beds) in the mansion. Bedding is provided, please bring towels.

Dates: 15 July 2019 to 21 July 2019

Price: 160 € (£145*) for camping or 200 € (£181*) for accommodation in the mansion.

Learn Blacksmithing & Traditional Crafts at the Manor, Moldavia

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.

Meeting point: We can advise on local transport links to Tibanesti.

Accommodation: Accommodation and meals are provided in several historic buildings in the grounds. Bedding is provided, please bring towels.

Dates: 28 July 2019 to 11 August 2019

Price: 260 € (£236*) This price includes planned visits to some local attractions. There is the opportunity to organise additional visits for an extra charge.

Permaculture in the Historical Park at Izvoru, Southern Central Romania

This holiday offers the chance to discover the history and beauty of the Manor and the Park Perticari-Davila of Izvoru that consists of 100 hectares along the valley of the Teleorman river. Over the past year, thanks to the restoration of agricultural activity, the local area has slowly been coming back to life. We employ agricultural practices that are respectful of humans and nature and you will be part of a team helping to create a sustainable and autonomous small-scale agricultural operation inspired by the principles of permaculture. The aim is that this will become a model for the many sites in the region that were destroyed during and after the Communist period.

Meeting point: We can advise on local transport links to Izvoru.

Accommodation: You can choose from camping on site or stay in one common sleeping room with 4 beds. Bedding is provided, please bring towels.

Dates: 8 July 2019 to 14 July 2019

Price: 120 € (£109*)

*An approximate GBP £ price based on an exchange rate of 1.1022 on 24 October 2018.

Visit Neamtu Manor in Olari, Romania, on an overseas working holiday
Visit Neamtu Manor in Olari, Romania, on an overseas working holiday
Visit Neamtu Manor in Olari, Romania, on an overseas working holiday

Experience a working holiday in Romania 

For more information, visit the Pro Patrimonio Foundation. Alternatively, if you'd like to book contact bucharest@propatrimonio.org with your preferred holiday and contact details.

Czech Republic

These holidays are organised by the Czech National Trust (CNT) which was established in 2013 as a charity aiming to support the rescue, reconstruction and promotion of Czech historic and natural heritage, and to encourage voluntary involvement in heritage conservation. It is based in Prague and Kromeriz, which is in the south east of the Czech Republic.

Building a Visitor Centre and Volunteer Base near Kromeriz, South East Moravia

Participants will be working on CNT’s pilot project – clearing parkland around the chapel and mausoleum linked to Marie Ebner Eschenbach, one of the most remarkable literary personalities of the 19th century. Participants will help with the construction of a small eco-friendly visitor centre, work will include building and finishing timber structures plus helping out with clearing of the historical park.

The site is situated near Kromeriz and its beautiful domed chapel is built in the Classicist style – a distinct piece of architecture offering splendid views of the rolling landscape. You’ll have plenty of time to explore Kromeriz and the CNT will arrange tours of its UNESCO-listed gardens, chateau and prestigious art gallery. You will also visit other nearby places of interest.

Meeting point: Participants will be picked up at Brno international airport. Other close airports include Vienna and Prague and there are good train connections. We can advise on trains.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Accommodation: Full board in a modern hostel in Kromeriz’s main square. The hostel has wi-fi and a pleasant café. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the café; lunches will be brought to the work site.

Dates: 7 July 2019 to 14 July 2019 and 11 August 2019 to 18 August 2019

Price: £150

Conserving Rozmital Castle, Central Bohemia

The work will be taking place in one of the oldest and culturally significant Gothic-Renaissance castles, in a small historic town one hour from Prague. You will help to clear and restore the park and clean the debris from some of the castle rooms. This work will be mostly manual, led and supervised by members of the Czech National Trust and the castle’s management. No special skills are required.

Rozmital is surrounded by a beautiful pristine forest, which has recently achieved National Park status, and you will have the chance to explore this scenic landscape. The working holiday coincides with a Historic Fair in the town and you will see different performances and dances in your free time. Many other activities are planned by the holiday leaders: trips will be organised to visit the two nearby castles of Breznice and Blatna, a beautiful baroque pilgrimage site and the museum of composer Antonin Dvorak in the village of Vysoka.

Meeting point: Participants will be met at the bus station in Pribram, near Rozmital, which is an easy bus ride from Prague.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Accommodation: You will stay in shared rooms in the newly-renovated Pension Ryba, a short walk from the castle. Bedding and towels provided.

Dates: 19 August 2019 to 26 August 2019

Price: £150

Transforming Chateau Hukvaldy, North Moravia

Help us to reconstruct the Archbishop’s Chateau in Hukvaldy, a small town in North Moravia. After decades of neglect the main structure is currently being rebuilt and will be transformed to become the local community centre. Built in the New Gothic style in 1855, it was originally used as both a hunting lodge for the adjacent game reserve and as a summer retreat for the Archbishop. Work will take place in the outdoors, the interior and in the garden.

Hukvaldy is the birthplace of the world-famous composer Leos Janacek and is located in the beautiful landscape of the Beskydy hills. There are numerous fascinating sites to visit, including the Leos Janacek museum, local medieval castle ruins as well as one of the country’s oldest game reserves, where you can spot deer, mouflon and wild boar. Ostrava, the nearby regional capital, is famous for its industrial heritage.

Meeting point: Participants can be met at Ostrava international airport or Ostrava train station, which has good train links to Prague.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Accommodation: You will stay in a local boarding house within walking distance of the work site. Bedding and towels provided.

Dates: 1 September 2019 to 8 September 2019

Price: £120

Parkland and mausoleum near Kromeriz, Czech Republic
Parkland and mausoleum near Kromeriz, Czech Republic
Parkland and mausoleum near Kromeriz, Czech Republic

Experience a working holiday with the Czech National Trust 

For more information, visit the Czech National Trust. Alternatively, if you'd like to book contact eva.zallmannova@czechnationaltrust.org with your preferred holiday and contact details.

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

Conserving Krásný Dvůr, Western Bohemia

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. Tasks will be varied and include ground clearance, digging, stone restoration and some building work. During the week there will be an excursion to places and historic buildings in the vicinity. No prior skills are required, although participants will need to have a good level of fitness. Age 20+.

Meeting point: Participants will be met at Prague airport on the first day of the holiday.

Accommodation: You’ll stay in a local pension in single or shared ensuite twin-bedded rooms. Lunch and dinner will be at other venues.

Dates: 14 September 2019 to 21 September 2019

Price: c.£275

Restoration at Vizovice Chateau, East Moravia

Beautiful Vizovice Chateau dates from the 18th century and is now in the care of the Czech National Heritage Institute. Join our international team of participants who will be working on the dismantling and rebuilding of one of the boundary walls to the Chateau. The charming town of Vizovice is situated in an area rich in historic sites, some of which you will visit during the week. It is also the home of Slivovitz and is close to the model Industrial town of Zlin, which was founded by the Bata shoe company. No prior skills are required, although participants will need to have a good level of fitness. Age 20+.

Meeting point: Participants can be met at Ostrava international airport, which has direct flights from London Stansted, on the first day of the holiday.

Accommodation: Bed and breakfast in a local pension, in shared twin-bedded ensuite rooms. A limited number of single rooms are available. Lunch will be served at the Chateau and there is a choice of venues for the evening meal.

Dates: 7 September 2019 to 14 September 2019

Price: c.£275

Rebuilding Červený Dvůr Estate, Southern Bohemia

This is the eighth holiday at Červený Dvůr, a historic estate that was once the summer residence of the Schwarzenberg family and is now a sanatorium. In 2019, participants will be helping to rebuild the two gatehouses at the entrance to the park and laying out walls on the site of a pavilion demolished in the 1970s. During the week there will be the opportunity to visit some of the region’s houses and castles. No prior skills are required, although participants will need to have a good level of fitness. Age 20+.

Meeting point: Participants can either be met at Linz airport off the afternoon flight from Stansted or in nearby Ceský Krumlov.

Accommodation: Full board and lodging in twin bedrooms in the stable wing of the Chateau. Bedding and towels provided.

Dates: 25 May 2019 to 1 June 2019 and 1 June 2019 to 8 June 2019

Price: £95

Experience a working holiday at Krásný Dvůr estate, Czech Republic
Experience a working holiday at Krásný Dvůr estate, Czech Republic
Experience a working holiday at Krásný Dvůr estate, Czech Republic

Experience a working holiday with The Friends of Czech Heritage

To find out more or to book please email info@czechfriends.net with preferred holiday and contact details.

Contact the working holidays team

Contact the team on 0344 800 3099 (local call rates apply) or send an email to working.holidays@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Find out more about INTO

For more information about the International National Trusts Organisation and the work that they do visit their website.