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‘I loved being a Workaway host but now Brexit has ended it in the UK’
I was privileged to host international travellers wishing to work in exchange for lodgings but tighter entry rules have made it impossible

Katie Glass

17, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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‘It changes your whole mood’: the hiking project that helps new arrivals feel at home
Through mountain vistas and temperate rainforests, young trekkers – from recent migrant and refugee backgrounds – get an introduction to Australia’s bush

Tracey Croke

13, Nov, 2022 @2:00 PM

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My volunteering trip to help bring a fire-ravaged Portuguese forest back to life
Five years after wildfires tore through its woods, an inland area between Porto and Lisbon is still working to restore its ecosystems – and is open to offers of help from visitors

Oliver Balch

29, Sep, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Fronds reunited: an Isle of Wight trip to restore a priceless ecosystem
Seagrass protects us from coastal erosion – and it’s under threat. A day tracking its presence is a great way to savour and safeguard the coastline

Sally Howard

04, Aug, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘A reason to get up … and it’s free’: a volunteering holiday in the Whitsundays
Sorting piles of garbage isn’t a typical tropical escape, but on the Great Barrier Reef Joe Hinchliffe finds purpose in paradise

Joe Hinchliffe

19, Jun, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Thrifty summer: five ways to see the world for next to nothing
From volunteering to sailing the world, these brilliant trips cost little more than a bit of imagination

08, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Cider harvesting in Herefordshire: ‘the fruit is always in charge’
In the county synonymous with cider apples, volunteers can enjoy a mini-break while helping with the autumn harvest

Sarah Baxter

11, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The grounded backpackers filling their gap years with volunteering
With foreign travel tricky this summer, some young people are make a difference closer to home, be it building chicken coops or trekking with llamas

Miranda Bryant

20, Jun, 2021 @5:30 AM

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A gap year for the grounded: 15 ideas for young British adventurers
With Machu Picchu and Koh Samui off limits for now, we pick fun and exciting UK trips for eager backpackers

Phoebe Smith

12, Jun, 2021 @8:00 AM

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New visa rules encourage backpackers to help in Australia's bushfire recovery
Volunteer work in the worst-affected regions can now count towards second- and third-year working holiday visas

Antonia Wilson

20, Feb, 2020 @1:38 PM

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Hotels to offer free stays to guests in exchange for their skills
International Barter Week initiative sees B&B and hotel owners provide accommodation in return for DIY and tech knowhow

Isabel Choat

07, Nov, 2019 @6:30 AM

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A weekend break on an organic farm in Kent
Regular volunteering with Wwoof is like being in The Archers … you’re part of a farming community, make new friends – both human and animal – and learn to appreciate sustainability

Jay Sivell

01, Oct, 2019 @5:30 AM

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