Volunteering: United Kingdom

Hastings – England

Hastings is a historical coastal town based in the south east coast of England surrounded by hills and with many castles in the area. It is 40 miles east of Brighton and 60 miles south of central London. Hastings is best known for its historical importance in the Battle of 1066 between the Normans and the Saxons. The towns main attraction is the medieval Old Town, where many events take place every year such as the ‘Jack In The Green’, the ‘Seafood and Wine Festival’ and the Bonfire Procession. Hastings holds a certain Victorian English charm, with its narrow passageways, seafront squares, elegant parks and is famous for being a traditional fishing town. Recently Hastings entered The Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the most amounts of pirates in one place. This is now celebrated annually on Pirate day.

About the Placement:

You will volunteer in a local youth centre called Xtrax based in the town of Hastings. Your roles will be to support the day to day activities at the centre as well as create a number of activities ranging from arts, sports and outdoor activities. We will also be asking you to present to others about the benefits of international youth volunteering and take part in regular team meetings. You will also be encouraged to bring your own ideas into the project too, which we will support you to do. This is a full time placement of 30 hours per week.

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in one of two types of accommodation. Either a shared house living with up to 4 other volunteers, or a home stay, where you would be living with a local family.
Both types of accommodation will have bathrooms with showers and facilities for cooking.

Costs: here are funded options so please check funding criteria for more details. Costs will depend on length of stay and type of accommodation. If you wish to come privately please email info@act-global.org for further information. Funded places finance…

  • Accommodation
  • Food allowance and spending money provided
  • In country training

Climate: The UK has 4 seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn). The hottest time of year is between June and September with lows of 10°C to highs of 25°C. The coldest time of year is between November to February with lows of around 2°C to highs of 10°C, although at times it can drop below 0°C. The rainiest time of the year is between March and May.