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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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Good nature: citizen science trips and holidays in the UK
Passionate about wildlife and nature? These surveys and activities offer volunteers a close-up of our fauna and flora while helping to safeguard the environment

Rhiannon Batten

23, Aug, 2019 @5:30 AM

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Sustainable tourism: why the Faroe Islands closed for maintenance
When the north Atlantic islands shut for a weekend to all but ‘voluntourists’ doing conservation projects, it was a win-win for locals and visitors

Tim Ecott

08, May, 2019 @5:30 AM

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Eastern Eden: a utopian community in Essex
Essex was once a hotbed for alternative communities. Working holidays now offer peace and purpose in one of the few surviving examples

Carol Donaldson

29, Jan, 2019 @6:30 AM

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Holidays that make a difference: 25 ethical trips in the UK and worldwide
Our pick of community projects, homestays, ethical city tours, working holidays and trips that benefit women’s charities and initiatives

Jane Dunford, Rachel Dixon , Jeremy Smith and Iaia Pedemonte

28, Jan, 2019 @6:30 AM

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10 of the best ethical travel companies
One way travellers can make a positive contribution to their destination is by holidaying with a company that puts something back into the local community

Jane Dunford and Jeremy Smith

26, Jan, 2019 @10:00 AM

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10 of the best ethical holidays: readers’ travel tips
Trips that respect the environment and benefit local people make for particularly enriching breaks, as our picks from Belfast to Costa Rica show

Guardian readers

24, Jan, 2019 @6:30 AM

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