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YHA provides budget accommodation for individuals, families and groups. We aim to inspire all, especially young people, to broaden their horizons, gaining knowledge and independence through new experiences of adventure and discovery.

YHA is a leading charity and can provide a number of amazing volunteering opportunities to people of all ages. YHA makes volunteering accessible and easy for all, as we offer help with travel expenses and free stays for volunteers taking part in residential opportunities. We can even offer help with discounted meals! Volunteering is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, meet new people, boost your CV and give something back.

 What makes YHA special is the amount of choice available to volunteers: you choose when, where and how you give your time to support the YHA. We have a huge range of opportunities that will suit all interests and skills.  We run opportunities throughout the year, so you can fit your volunteering around your life. You can volunteer on your doorstep at your local hostel, or at one of our many beautiful hostels throughout England and Wales. For more information, please click on one of the links below.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Latest news from YHA

Summer volunteering opportunities

Summer volunteering opportunities

Its busy busy here at YHA Volunteering!  We have some fantastic new opportunities to tempt you out to our hostels this summer.  Here is a snapshot of what is on offer, if you are interested in any of these please email us.

YHA South Downs - join the team and build your CV at our beautiful refurbished farmhouse on the South Downs Way as a cafe volunteer, a volunteer gardener, a volunteer receptionist or a house keeping volunteer.

YHA York Summer Volunteers - This great opportunity is to give 18-26 year olds who live in the local area the chance to gain experience of being in a professional environment, a great advantage in the search for jobs.  You will be involved in all aspects of the hostel from reception and catering to gardening and housekeeping.  You will receive support and training and at the end of your placement a reference and certificate.

YHA Bristol - if you live in the Bristol area and can speak Spanish the team would love to hear from you.  They are looking for a volunteer who can help a new member of staff settle into life in the UK and improve their English language skills.

Office Admin assistant - if you live near our National Office in Matlock and would like to gain some experience of office and administration work then this could be the role for you.  Our Learning and Development Team are looking for assistance with maintaining their online training database.  You should be IT literate and have an eye to detail however full training and support will be given in a welcoming working environment.

YHA gains Investors in Volunteers accreditation!

YHA gains Investors in Volunteers accreditation!

YHA is very proud to announce that we have achieved Investing in Volunteers accreditation.

Investing in Volunteers is a quality standard for UK organisations who involve volunteers in their work, and it is the only quality standard that has independent external validation with a UK Quality Assurance Panel.

YHA was awarded accredited by NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) in February, for being an organisation which provides high quality volunteer involvement.

YHA is incredibly pleased to have achieved this accreditation, and is committed to continuing to provide enjoyable and high quality volunteering experiences across our hostelling charity.


Useful Documents

Volunteer Application Form                                                      

Volunteer Handbook

Latest Volunteer e-newsletter                                                  

Volunteer Expense form

Volunteering Report 2012-13                                                    

Volunteer Today                                                               

Volunteer Journal

Volunteering for Groups 


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