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Volunteering and Residential Opportunities


Upcoming Opportunities Shared to Us

We do not officially endorse any of these companies or opportunities but share them to give you some possibilities:

Land & Wave

Land & Wave - First aid and Lifesaving Awards.
Location: Dorset.
Dates: 5-day residential, 2024
Cost: £399
Description: 5 days camping residential, 5 Adventure Activities, NUCO First Aid qualification, RLSS Life Saving award. "Our outdoor adventure activities (coasteering, kayaking and paddle boarding and more) encourage students to step out of their comfort zone and achieve great things". Dates are given below:

  • 01 - 05 April (Indoor)
  • 27 - 31 May
  • 22 - 26 July
  • 29 July - 02 August
  • 05 - 09 August
  • 26 - 20 August
  • 28 - 01 November (Indoor)

Brenscombe Outdoor Centre

Brenscombe Outdoor Centre - Programme of adventurous activities.
Location: Dorset.
Dates: 5-day residential, 2024
Cost: £390 (+ bring £30 for food)
Description: Activities in & near Poole Harbour, on the Jurassic Coast. Rock climb up the natural crags and walk along the chalk ridges. Explore the largest natural harbour in the UK. Mountain bike to activities, high ropes course, relax in the evening around the campfire at the centre based near the village of Corfe. Dates are given below:

  • 8th - 12th April
  • 27th - 31st May
  • 29th July - 2nd August
  • 12th - 16th August
  • 19th - 23rd August
  • 28th October - 1st November


RezilientLink opens in a new window - Volunteering and Residential opportunities helping others doing DofE

Location: Stratford upon Avon

Description: Volunteers help run DofE centres and groups, enabling young people to achieve their full potential.

As well as supporting young people to develop new skills, confidence and a greater appreciation of the environment and community around them, a DofE Leader builds their own skill set; gaining valuable leadership and management experience that can help professional development and career progression.

Reptile Academy

Reptile AcademyLink opens in a new window - Become a Reptile Ranger!

Location: Wimborne

Description: The Reptile Academy is an Accredited Centre of Excellence for Reptile and Amphibian Education and Animal Welfare, specialising in the delivery of high-quality educational programmes tailored to suit the needs of all secondary schools and sixth-form colleges, delivered by our knowledgeable team of biologists and zoologists.

Literacy Pirates

Literacy PiratesLink opens in a new window - Volunteer as a crewmate

Location: Hackney/Haringey or Online

Description: Help young people develop their literacy skills and confidence in a fun and supportive environment as a Literacy Pirate volunteer.

You'll work with young people one-on-one or in small groups, celebrating their achievements and encouraging them to persevere. You'll receive full training and support, gaining new skills and experiences along the way. And of course, you'll have fun taking part in games and activities, and attending social events with other volunteers.

Older Opportunities

We regularly receive information from various organisations regarding possible residential opportunities. If you are looking for some ideas for what to do for the Residential section of your award, check out the list below.

  • YHA VolunteeringLink opens in a new window (Residential Opportunities).
  • Operation Wallacea - Biological and social science expedition projects that operate in remote locations in Indonesia, Honduras, Peru, Cuba, Egypt, South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Guyana, and Mexico. These expeditions are designed with specific wildlife conservation aims in mind, from identifying areas needing protection, through to implementing and assessing conservation management programmes.
  • Volunteer Uganda - a unique non-profit organisation that gives enthusiastic, bright young people the opportunity to teach in our partner primary schools for between six and twelve weeks. Our programme generates funds for our partner charities which built and run four primary schools, a secondary school and a college in the Bwindi region of Uganda. These institutions make good quality education a reality for approximately two thousand people and volunteers play an integral role in this. As well as having a profound impact on the local community, VU also provides amazing opportunities to students, combining effective volunteering with exciting once in a lifetime opportunities.
  • Canal Camp (Waterway Recovery Group) - A Canal Camp is an enjoyable week's outdoor holiday spent working on the canals. It's a great opportunity to meet all sorts of new people from all walks of life, of all ages and from all over the country and abroad, as well as learning new skills. Details of Canal Camps 2014 can be found here.
  • TCV Residential Weeks - TCV has programmed in one more of its Natural Break residential weeks in 2013 specifically for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award members. The dates are Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November inclusive. This will be held at the most spectacular beaches off of the South Devon coast. The week will comprise of a mix of litter collection/surveying and educational activities. The cost of the week - currently approx £265 - includes all meals at the accommodation, and covers the cost of insurance and trained leaders. Participants will need to get to Plymouth railway station to be picked up, or make their own way to the base.