Best country to visit in August


The National Trust, Volunteering and Community Involvement Office, Rowan, Kembrey Park, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 8YL (a08706 095 383; teers). Arranges numerous volunteer opportunities, including Working Holidays.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK Headquarters, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL (a01767 680 551; Hundreds of volunteer opportunities at sites throughout the UK that range from a day constructing nestboxes in East Anglia to week-long bird surveys off the Pembrokeshire coast to several months monitoring invertebrates in the Highlands. Work available for all levels of experience.


World Wildlife Federation of Finland, ( Offers conserva tion work camps throughout Finland.


Club du Vieux Manoir, Abbaye Royale du Moncel, 60700 Pontpoint (a03 44 72 33 98; Offers year-long and summer programs restoring castles and churches throughout France. ‚14 membership/insurance fee; ‚16 per day, includ ing food and tent.

L’Arche les Sapins, Domaine des Abels, Lignieres-Sonneville, 16130 Charente (a 05 45 80 50 66; Small Christian community of adults with learning disabili-ties. Volunteers help with daily tasks and individual care. Knowledge of French required. Organisation Mondiale de Protection de la Nature, 188 r. de la Roquette, 75011 Paris (aOl 55 25 84 67; Offers various opportunities for environmental activ ism around France and the EU. ‚30 membership fee.

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