Volunteer for a national charity dedicated to supporting and restoring the country’s canals in the UK

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  • Description

    Description

    We are part of a national charity dedicated to supporting and restoring the country’s canals and rivers. Over the past 70 years our volunteers have managed to restore hundreds of miles of canals.

    We run restoration projects called ‘Canal Camps’. They are a great experience for anyone who loves being outdoors and enjoys meeting new people from different backgrounds and of different ages. Our Camps also offer you a fantastic chance to learn new skills such as bricklaying, stone walling, machine operation and restoration techniques.

    In groups of up to 18 volunteers, you can help with essential restoration work on the derelict waterways of England and Wales. Volunteers will be able to take part in various tasks from vegetation clearance to learning how to build a lock wall. Whether you are a complete beginner or have tried your hand at restoration before, you will be guided through every task by the Canal Camp leader and their assistant.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Charity work

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers will benefit in may ways - you will be able to
    - meet new people and make lifelong friends
    - be part of a friendly and diverse team
    - learn new practical skills
    - gain valuable work-related experience
    - help restore our industrial heritage...and maybe get a little muddy!

  • Help

    Help

    In groups of up to 18 volunteers, you can help with essential restoration work on the derelict waterways of England and Wales. Volunteers will be able to take part in various tasks from vegetation clearance to learning how to build a lock wall. Whether you are a complete beginner or have tried your hand at restoration before, you will be guided through every task by the Canal Camp leader and their assistant.

    Working outdoors, volunteers can find themselves carrying out various activities such as clearing vegetation and bush-whacking, or learning new skills such as bricklaying, stone walling, restoring locks, re-lining canals or creating towpaths. Our Canal Camp locations vary around the UK's canals but are mainly on the Cotswolds Canals, the Grantham Canal, the Derby Canal, the Lichfield Canal and the Wey & Arun Canal. Dates and locations can be found on charity's website.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Englsih

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Each Canal Camp is one week-long, and includes three meals a day plus endless tea and cake. Basic accommodation is provided, usually in a village hall or scout hut. A £70 donation for the week to cover costs is asked for.
    Volunteers will need to provide their own camp bed or sleeping mat. All transfers to and from the accommodation to the work site are included but volunteers will need to make their own way to the Canal Camp. If travelling by public transport, volunteers can be collected from the nearest railway station.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Evenings are free to socialise with your fellow campers. Your Canal Camp leader may organise some activities such as bowling, boat trips, or visits to the local pub.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    9-4 with breaks

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    This host charges a fee

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    £70 donation a week towards living costs
Host ref number: 766386789513