Volunteer with YHA

Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV, give something back and even travel.

Don’t fret, we’ve all been there. If you need a change of direction, want more experience for your CV or simply want to try something new, you could find your answer through volunteering.

We have a wide range of volunteering options to choose from so if you’re looking to improve your leadership skills you can find your answer here and win over your next potential boss.

Creative Academy

This volunteering campaign was created by Beth Harris Brown and Serena Mosely the winners of this year’s Creative Academy. Earlier this year, we set out to find two superstar advertising students with a brilliant ad concept that would help YHA attract more young volunteers. The prize? An internship and the opportunity to develop their competition-winning pitch into a real campaign.

Now in its third year, the award-winning Creative Academy helps young talents develop under the guidance of Cubo, a London-based integrated agency. As well as gaining invaluable industry experience, Beth and Serena will be able to see the fruits of their ingenuity next month as the campaign goes live.

Traineeships and work experience

These opportunities are a great way to get to know what it’s like to work for YHA and gain valuable work experience in the travel and tourism sector.

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Hostel placements

We have residential placements available at some well-loved hostels. City, country or coastal, the choice is yours!

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Opportunities in London

YHA has seven hostels in Greater London: YHA London Central, YHA London Earls Court, YHA London Lee Valley, YHA London Oxford Street, YHA London St Pancras, YHA London St Pauls, YHA London Thameside.

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Working holidays

Tasks vary between hostels but usually involve painting and decorating, garden and grounds work and cleaning. Accommodation is provided free of charge and we can also help with travel expenses.

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Group & Corporate Volunteering

YHA offers a range of volunteering activities which can be undertaken across England and Wales throughout the year. We can develop bespoke experiences which can meet the time, budget and requirements of your team.

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Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Thinking about how you want to benefit from volunteering is a good start to finding an opportunity that’s right for you.

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Becoming a YHA volunteer opens doors for everyone. It’s a chance to gain experience, develop new skills, and make new friends – all while having an enduring, positive impact on the lives of young people.

Build a better future starting with your own. Because where you go changes who you become.