Summer Volunteering Ideas

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You’ll be pleased to know you don’t have to go overseas to take part in a fun, rewarding (and free) summer volunteering programme. Many of these UK-based opportunities are residential, meaning you get free accommodation and food in return for your volunteering commitment, so you’ll save money on rent!

Alternatively, if you’re planning on staying in Edinburgh, why not sign up for a few of our local community volunteering opportunities to keep you occupied over the summer months? We’ve got over 50 volunteering opportunities currently advertised.

Browse our full list of volunteering opportunities

Scotland-based Opportunities


The Cyrenians are looking for young people between the ages of 18 and 30 to become residential volunteers at their City and Farm Communities.  The role involves living alongside young people at risk of long-term homelessness in community houses.  Activities include: cooking with a resident for the community, planning a shopping trip, decorating, playing games or accompanying residents to appointments, most importantly providing mature and calm advice and sometimes just a sympathetic presence to a resident in crisis.

For more info, email

Badaguish Outdoor Centre

near Loch Morlich , 7 miles from Aviemore.

Volunteers are needed to help with the running of this busy centre that provides respite care and activity holidays for young people. You’ll get accommodation in a chalet and meals in return for five days volunteering per week in a beautiful setting. You also get pocket money of £30 a week.

Read more about this opportunity.

Scottish Wildlife Trust - Wildlife Volunteer

Scottish Wildlife Trust are looking for volunteers to assist their ranger on the isle of Eigg during the Summer months of May, June and July. Volunteers will spend a minimum of a month on the island doing practical conservation work and wildlife monitoring in the company of expert John Chester. Basic accommodation is available on this beautiful Hebridean island.

For more information contact John on 011687 482477 or email


The RSPB have a wide range of residential volunteering opportunities, many in Scotland over summer.

Read more about their opportunities.



Rest of UK

Live as a Tudor at Kentwell House!

Each summer Kentwell House in Suffolk need some 700 people to take part during the Great Annual Re-Creation of Tudor Life which runs for 3 weeks in late June & early July.

Read more about this opportunity.

The Monkey Sanctuary

The Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall utilise summer volunteers to help prepare food for the monkeys, run our shop, help serving in the kiosk, run workshops in the Activity room and help keep the Sanctuary tidy. Longer term volunteers may help at the admission desk or answer visitors’ questions at the enclosures. You do not need any special skills to become a volunteer, but you need to be over 18 and have a basic knowledge of the English language and a general concern for animals and nature.

You contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01503 262 532, email for more information.


Vitalise provide much needed holidays for disabled people and their carers. Volunteering at a Vitalise Centre is all about helping guests get the most out of their break. We won’t pretend there’s not some hard work involved but it’s a fun and rewarding experience. We guarantee you'll have a memorable time and meet new people.

Most of their volunteers are residential (meaning you live at the Centre for the whole time you are volunteering with us). Residential volunteers usually help for a week or two at a time but can stay longer. The weeks run from Saturday to Saturday.

Read more about this opportunity.


Opportunities on Eco friendly/Organic Farms. WWOOF UK is a membership charity, teaching people about organic growing and low-impact lifestyles through hands-on experience in the UK.

If you join as a member for £20, you get access to thousands of residential volunteering opportunities at working organic farms throughout the UK and beyond. Some farms are also rescue centres for abandoned animals and livery yards for horses. Activities you’ll be required to help with include dry stone walling, animal husbandry, collecting eggs and biodiversity surveys.

Register to use the WWOOF directory.



Oxfam Festival Stewarding –You’d join the 5,000-strong team of Oxfam volunteer stewards at the UK's best music festivals. You'll see live music from the inside – helping make it all happen. In return you'll get hot food, warm showers and exclusive staff camping. And because Oxfam are paid for every steward we provide, you'll be raising money to fight poverty.

Please note, you need to pay a £195 deposit but you will get that back if you fulfil your responsibilities (if you don’t, Oxfam would be out of pocket). At the time of writing, they still have spaces at Rock Ness, Leeds, Reading and others.

Read more and sign up online.

Telegraph Hay Festival

This major literary festival is in Wales, and the Festival events are stewarded by teams of between 4 and 10. The main job is to make sure the audiences are safe and happy before, during, and after each event.

Stewards work shifts of around 4–5 hours. It’s voluntary but fun and you’ll make lots of good friends. There are four campsites nearby so you wouldn’t have to pay much for accommodation and you’d get into the events you steward for free. 

Read more about this opportunity.