Today, the cost of a traditional vacation may not be an option for many of us in the Dayton area. But getting away might be something you and your family need. It’s always nice to get away from the day to day stress. Have you thought of volunteer vacations? Here are some that you might be interested in partaking and are fairly inexpensive.
Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
PO Box 190688
Hungry Horse, MT 59919
Web site: http://www.bmwf.org
Cost: $50 deposit required for the trip but is refunded at the end of your stay. The foundation provides all food, but volunteers need to bring all camping gear. Tools will be provided for the projects at hand.
Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation was founded in 1997 and accepts on an average of 400 volunteers a year. This is a government and private donor foundation that helps maintain trails, campsite restoration, helps create scenic trail projects. The campsite is located near the river and could involve hiking three miles a day. The season begins in June and ends in late September. There isn’t a required skill level but there are project available for all levels of skills. Volunteers of all ages are requested but people with some handicaps are not recommended. For limitations,, visit their web site. This is a great organization for church groups and other large organizations. Please be aware that you will be in the wilderness and coming across wildlife might occur. The Foundation is prepared for such confrontations.
American Hiking Society
1422 Fenwick Ln.
Silver Springs, MD 20910
Web site: http://www.americanhiking.org
Cost: Your first trip costs $275, which includes a one year membership to the organization. If you go back in the same year, the cost will be $175. This price includes food, lodging. The price does not include transportation to one of the two destination location of your choice.
If you are interested in trail restoration in Alaska or Hawaii, this is the organization can also organize a work-vacation for you and your family.
The American Hiking Society is a non- profit organization that was founded in 1976 to help preserve land, trails, and buildings for hikers to enjoy nature. One average, the organization accepts on average 650 volunteers per year. Some of the locations available for trail restoration are Alaska and Hawaii. The trails are rated from easy to more strenuous. Lodging accommodations consist of campsite or countryside location. Participates are encouraged to bring their own tents and camping gear. The tools needed for the trial restorations or building repair will be provided. Volunteers are accepted from January through November. There is no specific skills needed nor is there an age requirement. This hiking society is not handicap accessible. Visit their web site for an application to participate.
Australian Tropical Research Foundation
PMB 5 Cape Tribulation
Queensland, 4873 Australian
+61 7 4098 0063
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Web site: http://www.austrop.org.au
Cost: $35 per day, which includes food and lodging. They offer special rates for individuals staying more than three months. Travel to Australia is not included.
If you are interested in something “Down Under” and are not afraid of fruit bats, then this will be a great match for you and your family.
Australian Tropical Research Foundation is a specific based funding for research of fruit bats in the rain forest and study of the vegetation. They also plant new trees and maintain the current vegetation. The area is located in the Daintree tropical lowlands between the coastal fringe and coastal mountains. Just a half a mile walk you will be able to enjoy the beautiful view of the Australian coastline. They accept volunteers’ year rounds and require a minimum two week stay but up to a year. Volunteers must be over 19 yrs. old. This program accepts handicap individuals but no one in a wheelchair. No formal training is required and family involvement is recommended. Accommodations are provided in bunk-style houses, meals are included in the one-site cafeteria. Visit their web site to complete an application.
If you are more into staying in the United States and want to be free in the wilderness of Montana, work in the wild of California, or underwater in Florida, there is a work-vacation for you and your family.
These are just a few of volunteer vacations that are available. There are many trips in American as well as International trips. Not only are these vacations cheap but are giving back to the community.