Volunteer Abroad through Waterway Recovery Group

Youth Volunteering

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In 2019 Waterway Recovery Group offered six volunteers, between 18 – 30, the chance to volunteer abroad on an all expenses paid trip to France, to work alongside other EU heritage groups to undertake practical restoration work.

Selected volunteers were asked the spend 14 days working alongside our EU counterparts, restoring Villognon Mill, a disused watermill in Nanteuil-en-Vallée in the New Aquitania region.

Waterway Recovery Group is one of the many voluntary heritage groups across Europe taking part in the REMPART Erasmus+ volunteer program. The aim of the programme is to generate European participation within the heritage network and to develop and share ideas across similar groups, taking this as an opportunity to develop future partnerships between each organsiation and train our future leaders.

Who can apply?

Anyone aged between 18 - 30 can apply, however preference will be given to existing Waterway Recovery Group volunteers, who have demonstrated eagerness to get involved with future restoration work.

Why should I put my name forward?

Besides, being part of a unique heritage and cultural experience, selected volunteers will benefit from the following:

  • Meet new people and make new friendships
  • Develop knowledge and gain new skills
  • Make your CV stand out and gain valuable work experience
  • Develop new language skills
  • Learn teamwork through volunteering
  • Have fun!

As a volunteer doing charity work abroad, you will have plenty of stories to tell when you return home!

What is ERASMUS+?

The ERASMUS+ Heritage Volunteers programme is a European youth exchange, bringing heritage volunteer groups across Europe to work together on projects across France. The programme involves groups sent by EU partners to undertake both practical activities related to each site and cultural heritage/European heritage related activities. 

Erasmus+ is one of the of the EU funding programmes supporting volunteering activities within the European Solidarity Corps Initiative. By also being part of the European Solidarity Corps, you join the community of likeminded young people who are contributing to create a more inclusive and united society.

For more information on how to get involved with this exciting volunteer holiday, please contact Alex Melson at alex.melson@waterways.org.uk or call 01494 783 453 ext 607


Our European Partner Organisations

Club Marpen from France (Host)

National Trust of Malta : Din L-Art Helwa

Dragodid from Croatia

Club Marpen