Volunteer Working Holidays


Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) attracts a wide range of people, from young volunteers taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme; to waterway enthusiasts who wish to make a contribution to restoring and preserving the system; to people who just want to get outdoors and dirty, have fun and learn new skills.

WRG offers people a unique volunteering experience with the chance to learn traditional skills such as bricklaying and stonework, through to more modern techniques such as piling, concreting, or even how to operate machinery such as excavator or dumpers.  Volunteers attending our activities must be aged over 18, but apart from that age doesn’t matter, nor does previous experience.

We have now released our 2019 volunteer working holidays called ‘Canal Camps’ and are looking for volunteers to help us restore derelict canals across England and Wales. This year we are holding 25 residential volunteer holidays based in the UK, with spaces open for up to 18 volunteers on each Canal Camp. Each Camp lasts a week and all food, accommodation and equipment is provided, with the exception of steel toe capped boots. The £70 covers food with all other costs covered by the charity. 

Canal Camps are ideal for those who:
• want to meet new people and make new friends
• want to learn new skills such as bricklaying, heritage restoration or construction
• need to make their CV’s stand out or need to show practical experience of team work
• are looking to complete their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award residential
• want to have fun whilst doing something completely different!

You can view their brochure here

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