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Working Holidays 2017

We are delighted to offer an updated selection of the very popular overseas working holidays for summer 2017. 

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 do hope there’s something you will enjoy – whether it’s gardening in Prague, learning about local heritage in A Coruña, restoring a historic house in Bratislava, stone masonry in the French Alps or conserving a traditional Romanian mosaic.

Czech Republic

Spain

Slovakia

France

Romania


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.

Garden Restoration at Strahov Monastery, Prague

The working holiday: This will take place at one of the oldest and culturally most significant monasteries in Prague: the Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians in Strahov, situated very close to Prague Castle. You will be helping the community of Premonstratensians with the maintenance of the most unique part of the garden, in particular the hermitages (in the form of small sandstone caves) carved into the garden slope. The aim is to restore them by clearing away vegetation etc and help create information boards, which will make the hermitages part of the garden tour. The work will be mostly manual, led by members of the Czech National Trust and the Monastery gardener.

You will be invited to tour the Monastery and its famed Picture Gallery, Library, Halls and the Cabinet of Curiosities, which will be led by the current Abbot.

Accommodation: You will stay in the hostel at the nearby Capuchin Monastery, 5 minutes walk away. Breakfasts will be served at the hostel and lunches and dinners at local restaurants.

Dates: 20/08/2017 – 27/08/2017

Price: £140

Clearing of a Historic Park and Greenhouse near Kromeriz

The working holiday: 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. This Czech novelist and short story writer was known at the time for her psychological novels but following the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, her work has been largely forgotten. The CNT now aims to draw attention to her legacy and you will be helping to restore the surrounding parkland and the remains of a 19th century greenhouse that the CNT plans to convert into its visitor and volunteer facility in the next few years. No special skills are required but DIY lovers and keen gardeners are welcome!

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. Outings to other nearby towns can also be organised.

Accommodation: Full board in a newly-opened 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: 21/05/2017 – 28/05/2017

Price: £150

To book please email: eva.zallmannova@czechnationaltrust.org with your contact details and preferred holiday. For further information about this organisation go to www.czechnationaltrust.org.

Restoration at Červený Dvůr in Southern Bohemia

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

The working holiday: New date added! Červený Dvůr is an estate that was once the summer residence of the Schwarzenberg family and is now a sanatorium. Participants will work on the last stages of restoration of the eighteenth century gardener’s cottage on the estate. Tasks will involve simple building work – no prior skill is 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: 03/06/2017 – 10/06/2017 & 10/06/2017 – 17/06/2017

Price: £95

To book please email: info@czechfriends.net with your contact details and preferred date. For more information about this organisation and to view other holidays go to www.czechfriends.net.


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.

Become a Heritage Ambassador in A Coruña, Galicia

image courtesy of Tesouros de Galicia

image courtesy of Tesouros de Galicia

The working holiday (18-28 year olds): This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the heritage and gastronomy of Galicia while being based in the vibrant maritime city of A Coruña on the North West coast of Spain. This year the city hosts the prestigious ‘Snipe Worlds,’ an international sailing regatta, and you could be part of the team of volunteer ambassadors tasked with liaising with sailing competitors and tourists, educating them about local heritage, tourist attractions and beauty spots, as well as its food traditions. Tasks could include leading tours of the city, assisting racers or participating in gastronomy events.

Participants will be given full training (in English) including visiting local sites, city tours and food tastings! Preference will be given to individuals who enjoy blogging or using social media – Facebook, Twitter, Skype and/or Instagram, as you’ll be sharing your experiences as an ambassador with the wider world. You will have the chance to enjoy the local ‘fiesta’ during the first week of August. Basic Spanish is desirable but not essential.

Accommodation: In shared rooms in a downtown building, within walking distance of the marina and port. You will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and towels. We also recommend bringing good walking/sports shoes, suncream and your swim suit.

Dates: 31/07/2017 – 12/08/2017

Price: 150 € (£130*)

*An approximate GBP £ price based on an exchange rate of 1.1552 on 27 Feb 2017

For more information about the application process please email: adm@tesourosdegalicia.com with your contact details. NB. Applications close on 31 March. For more information about this organisation go to www.tesourosdegalicia.com and for Snipe Worlds go to www.snipeworlds.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. Its aim is to secure the permanent protection and sustainable use of the historic environment for the benefit of Slovakia and its people.

Renovation of Rómer House in Beautiful Bratislava

The working holiday: Help us to restore Rómer House, one of the oldest buildings in Bratislava.  It is centrally located in the medieval district of the capital and dates back to the 16th century. Having undergone renovation in the 1800’s and later adapted to the Baroque style, the National Trust of Slovakia, in conjunction with its local partners, is planning a gradual restoration of this impressive house: the birthplace of Florian F Rómer, a renowned archaeologist, historian and scientist.

Upon completion of the restoration, which will respect historical and architectural integrity, the house will be used as new offices and a centre for owners of historical properties in Slovakia. Participants will be asked to work on the preparation of the site and clearance activities and you will have the opportunity to learn conservation techniques under expert guidance. Your level of involvement will depend on your level of skill and interest in particular tasks!

This holiday is most suited to 18-35 year olds who have a good level of fitness.

Accommodation: In a nearby Bed & Breakfast. Bedding and towel provided.

Dates: 10/08/2017 – 20/08/2017

Price: 260 € (£225*)

*An approximate GBP £ price based on an exchange rate of 1.1552 on 27 Feb 2017

To book please email: kubikova@nt.sk with your contact details. For more information about this organisation go to www.nt.sk.


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 three here.  Please note that whilst some English is spoken on the holidays, a basic knowledge of French would be advantageous.

Learn Stone-Masonry in a Historic French Alpine Fort

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The working holiday (18-30 year olds): At 1500 metres high in a grand mountain setting, Fort Victor-Emmanuel is one of five impressive Esseillon Forts. This massive nineteenth-century fortress in Savoie is restored year after year by our local teams and international volunteers. You will participate in various masonry and development activities during the working holiday. Also on the programme: hiking in the Vanoise National Park, the ‘via ferrata’ route (climbing route equipped hardware) and tree climbing.

This holiday is more suitable for 18-30 year olds who enjoy outdoor pursuits, have a good level of fitness and a strong wish to integrate into an international team. You can request to be met at Mondane train station on the first day of the holiday.

Accommodation: In recently refurbished dormitories that sleep a maximum of ten people, with 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. The living room is equipped with internet access.

Dates: 10/07/2017-22/07/2017 & 24/07/2017-05/08/2017 & 07/08/2017-19/08/2017

Price: 190 € (£164*)

*An approximate GBP £ price based on an exchange rate of 1.1552 on 27 Feb 2017

Conserving Villognon Ancient Watermill, Western France

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The working holiday (18-30 year olds):  Nanteuil-en-Vallee is a charming village in the Charentes region in western France.  Join an international team focussed on the restoration of beautiful Villognon Ancient Mill, which is within walking distance of the village.  During the holiday you will have the opportunity to learn and use a number of different techniques: stone-masonry, re-pointing, woodworking and landscaping.  There will also be time to try some of the many leisure activities planned by your leaders.

This holiday is more suitable for 18-30 year old volunteers who have a good level of fitness.  You will be met at Ruffec train station in the afternoon on the first day of the holiday and transferred by minibus.

Accommodation:  Camping in tents that sleep a maximum of four people, with showers and toilets in separate buildings.  You will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and mattress/mat.  Participants will share shopping, cooking and cleaning duties.

Dates:  02/07/2017 – 20/08/2017 (Choose one, two or three weeks from Sunday to Sunday).

Prices:  One week stay: 165 € (£143*); two week stay: 230 € (£199*); three week stay: 270 € (£234*)

*An approximate GBP £ price based on an exchange rate of 1.1552 on 27 Feb 2017

Restoring Budos Castle in Historic Aquitaine

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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.

You will be met at Langon train station (Gare SNCF de Langon) at 12.00 on the first day of the holiday and transferred by minibus.

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.

Dates:  17/07/2017-28/07/2017 & 31/07/2017-11/08/2017 & 14/08/2017-25/08/2017

Price:  170 € (£147*)

*An approximate GBP £ price based on an exchange rate of 1.1552 on 27 Feb 2017

To book please emailworkingholidays@rempart.com with your preferred holiday, date and contact details.  For more information about this organisation and to view other holidays go to www.rempart.com.


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 Historic Garden at Villa Golescu

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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 and include repairing the stonework of the garden’s walls, some clearing of vegetation and helping to reconstruct an old pergola in the grounds.  There will be workshops led by an architect and a landscape architect.

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 grounds, 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:  14/05/2017 – 20/05/2017

Price:  120 € (£104*) for camping in the grounds; 150 € (£130*) for accommodation in the annex; 200 € (£173*) to stay in the villa.

* An approximate GBP £ price based on an exchange rate of 1.1552 on 27 Feb 2017

Learn Blacksmithing & Traditional Crafts at the Manor, Moldavia

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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:  23/07/2017 – 06/08/2017

 Price:  250 € (£216*) 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 1.1552 on 27 Feb 2017

Wood Restoration at the Enescu House, Moldavia

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The working holiday:  Help us to rebuild the old wooden barn as a place for concerts and exhibitions at the childhood summer home of George Enescu, Romania’s best known and world-renowned composer.  The house, in Mihaileni, was built by his grandparents and is typical of the local architecture of the first half of the 19th century.  Enescu (1881 – 1955) was known as a child prodigy and he composed songs and early pieces at the house while completing his education.  In later life he also became a noted violinist, pianist, teacher and conductor.  The musical tradition at the house is being continued with the creation of an International Music and Art Academy, which will become a centre of excellence for the study of classical music, crafts and visual arts.

Accommodation:  Participants can choose from:  camping at the site, 4 double rooms in Luchian House or 2 single rooms in Enescu House.

Dates:  06/08/2017 – 10/08/2017

Price:  120 € (£104*) for camping at the site; 160 € (139*) for accommodation in Luchian House or 200 € (£173*) to stay in Enescu House.

*An approximate GBP £ price based on an exchange rate of 1.1552 on 27 Feb 2017

Mosaic Conservation at the Olari Mansion, Southern Romania

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The working holiday:  The Olari mansion, a National Heritage Monument, is situated in Olt County in the south of Romania and is very close to the Danube.  The property’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.  The mosaic at the mansion is a beautiful example of a roman mosaic from the end of the 19th century.  The working holiday is centred around a number of workshops which focus on the restoration of the mosaic and traditional techniques for the planned restoration of the mansion.  A workshop on permaculture will also be held.

Accommodation:  Participants can choose from camping on site or 4 single rooms in the mansion.

 Dates:  04/07/2017 – 09/07/2017

Price:  120 € (£104*) for camping or 160 € (£139*) for accommodation in the mansion.

*An approximate GBP £ price based on an exchange rate of 1.1552 on 27 Feb 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.

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