The wonderful people at Adventures in Preservation have been an invaluable resource in encouragement, support, research, and growth for our newly formed non-profit Norla Preservation Project. It has been so inspiring to have them excited and interested in our little shotgun rehab project. Through dependable correspondence and consistent ideas and planning, I can tell that the AiP team is well prepared and a core reason that our rehab project will be successful.
As a new Board Member I am very impressed with AIP. Their projects around the world not only support conservation and preservation of the world's built heritage but also community development and economic growth. I am excited to support AiP mission and look forward to working with them on many of their outstanding projects.
Jamie Donahoe and Judith Broeker founders of Adventures in Preservation have created an outstanding heritage restoration organization that has preserved buildings around the world that would have otherwise fallen into disrepair. In addition to the positive impact on local communities, Adventures in Preservation provides unique, once in a life time adventures for its volunteers. I would not hesitate to recommend an AiP adventure to anyone!
I had the great opportunity to participate in the Adventures in Preservation project in Serravalle, Italy. From the first phone call to the last day of the project and follow up, it was such a positive experience. I could tell from the start that these are people who are passionate about conservation and about serving others through this effort. Our hosts in Italy were wonderful, knowledgeable, and went out of there way to give the group a valuable learning experience. I highly recommend this program!
I've been interested in historic preservation for a long time, and was considering making a complete life change by dropping my current work and finding a graduate program in the field. I really wanted to know more about what the actual WORK would be like before I took the plunge. I also wanted to see if I couldn't find all the training opportunities in the real world that I'd find in a graduate program. I searched for "volunteer field school" and came across Adventures in Preservation. The name really struck a chord. I love adventures. I care about preservation. I hoped to make it to their Fairfield Plantation trip in Virginia, but the timing was off. Instead, I asked to help the organization in whatever ways that I could, and they responded quickly and kindly. The team didn't hesitate to embrace an enthusiastic volunteer, and they gave me responsibilities that both utilize my existing skill set AND teach me new ones. I'm very proud to be a part of the Adventures in Preservation team. I think the work they do is very important.
AiP far exceeded my expectations! The AiP staff is great, friendly, very helpful, and answers you back faster than any other program! Coming from no experience in archeology, I wanted to get some experience in the field for a certification program. The one week program at Fairfield Plantation was exactly what I was hoping for. Real hands on experience in the dirt by experts and great extra features including: 3-D scanning showing, masonry lessons with recreating the building site, and behind the scenes tour of Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown. AiP helped me stay near home, stay with my budget, and helped connect me with a great local family host. The overall experience was wonderful and memorable. I will continue to check in and see what other adventures AiP had to offer and tell everyone I know about them!
Adventures in Preservation provides an opportunity for people to experience firsthand the importance and positive impact historic preservation can have. There’s nothing like actually participating in the repairing of an historic building or the archaeology of an historic site to understand how relevant heritage preservation is to the well-being of a community. As former executive director of Preservation Delaware, I saw how Adventures in Preservation’s projects offer an unforgettable experience for participants and a community as well.
Thanks to adventures in Preservation we were able to restore the now 127 year old Francis Grist Mill in 6 weeks! They provided a top notch preservationist who led the volunteers in 3 two week work shops in 2004 2005 in 2006. We have hosted many school field trips, workshops for camps and 9 successful Music at the Mill events to share our WNC heritage and history. For more information see Francismill.Org
Tanna B Timbes
It has been my privilege to be a part of one of Adventures in Preservations interesting projects in Albania and to work along side AiP’s dedicated volunteers.
Gjirokastra in Albania is a remarkable city, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
AiP has worked in Gjirokastra since 2008, holding short term hands-on preservation workshops using international volunteers to assist in documenting and restoring Ottoman-era architecture. In 2011, AiP furthermore took the lead in a hands-on training project to repair and restore one of Gjirokastra’s most outstanding traditional tower houses, the Skenduli House.
I have attended several times and it has been a very rewarding experience, both professional, but also creating friendships for life.