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Conservation Volunteers International Program, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, International, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Philanthropy, Promotion of International Understanding, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Conservation Volunteers International Program is dedicated to helping sustain some of the world's greatest landscapes, cultural site and biodiversity. We accomplish our mission by providing opportunities for ordinary people to perform extraordinary volunteer services. Our projects include maintaining and building trails, restoring archaeological sites and protecting and restoring critical habitats.

Target demographics: people everywhere and future generations

Direct beneficiaries per year: the world's greatest landscapes, cultural sites and biodiversity

Geographic areas served: wonderful sites in the U.S. and abroad

Programs: Volunteer trips to Torres del Paine in Patagonia, Machu Picchu in Peru, Yosemite National Park in California, Alaska, the Galapagos Islands, the Scottish Highlands, Costa Rica and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

My first impressions of Conservation Volunteers International Program were that the all-volunteer staff had a fantastic wealth of conservation, forest service and business experience. I began volunteering about a year ago, and have been completely impressed by what this small team gets done. From projects in Machu Picchu, to a bridge in Patagonia, the team provides the framework for volunteers to visit amazing places and actually make them better. I've cut down my time with a few other groups to focus on this one, and in the process I have joined the board. I believe in this group, and you won't find many small organizations that are this well organized with a sustainable business model for positive change.

1 Chris volunteers


Rating: 5

I first volunteered with Conservation VIP in 2007, when I joined their volunteer trail maintenance group to Torres del Paine National Park in the Patagonia region of Chile. It was everything I had hoped for and more. I had a lot of fun with the other volunteers, and it was great to get to know the local park rangers. I felt I was able to really get to see the park, in a way that people just passing through never do. But the true reward was knowing that our work was helping to protect that incredible landscape. In fact, the experience was so rewarding that I volunteered again the next year, and the next, and . . . . Along the way, I joined the Board, and then last year I became the CEO. Since Conservation VIP is staffed entirely by volunteers, that just means that I am now a volunteer with a lot more responsibility. I continue to volunteer because I believe Conservation VIP makes a difference to some of the world's greatest landscapes and cultural sites.

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