How do I get involved?

If you think that you have what it takes to get involved, below are the steps to submit an application. There’s also information on the selection process, Training & Assessment course and more. Please note, the whole process can take several months as it is dependent on course dates.

The selection process

Stage 1

Read the role requirements and decide if volunteer walk leading is right for you

Stage 1

Stage 2

Complete an online application form

Stage 3

Someone from HF Holidays will be in touch to discuss the role and your application

Stage 3

Stage 4

If successful, you’ll be invited to attend a three-night residential Assessment Course

Stage 5

If you pass the course, you’ll join HF Holidays and be eligible to lead for us

Stage 5

What happens on a Training & Assessment course?

Training & Assessment courses take place several times a year, at HF country houses across the UK. Candidates are provided with free full board accommodation. All transport during the course will be covered but candidates are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from the course themselves.

On the course, we’ll be looking to judge your navigation and group leadership skills, as well as your all-round ability to deliver an exceptional holiday experience. It’s a two-way process though, and you’ll be able to ask us questions and explore whether it’s something you want to pursue.

On the course, you’ll be split into small groups with other applicants, and assigned an assessor. These are experienced leaders, who’ve previously completed the same assessment process and know exactly what it’s like. They’ll do their best to put you at ease and will record notes throughout the course in order to provide feedback and a report at the end.

Indoor and outdoor assessment activities include topics from navigation and group leadership skills to language fluency (if you want to lead in Europe) and your all-round ability to interact with people. Training sessions include how to give walk briefings and you’ll also be introduced to our programme of evening activities.

Candidates will be informed if they are successful or not within three weeks of completing the course.

Ready to apply?

If you’ve read the role information and believe that you’ve got what it takes to join our fantastic team as a Volunteer Walk Leader, then please complete an online application form.

Please note there may be a delay before we can process your application.

Contact us

Our Leader recruitment team are happy to answer any queries you may have if you can't find the answer on our website. Just send them an email:

Leader privacy policy

HF Holidays collects and processes personal data relating to our leader, in order to manage the volunteering relationship. We are committed to being transparent about how we collect and use that data, and to meeting our data protection obligations. You can find out more in our Leader Privacy Policy

See also

Volunteering opportunities at HF Holidays

Volunteer opportunities

across HF Holidays
Benefits when volunteering with HF Holidays

What you'll gain from

volunteering with HF Holidays
Leader testimonials at HF Holidays

What others say

stories from our walk leaders