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Review for Wilderness Volunteers: Giving Something Back, Flagstaff, AZ, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

My wife and I have been on 2 trips with this organization, one cleaning up illegal campsites in the Sierra Nevada, and the other repairing and improving a trail in Glacier N.P. Both were well-organized and the 10 or 12 volunteers on each trip a good group of people who did a lot of good work in a short (4 days, plus 1 free day) time. Backpacked in to the Sierra, but had a USFS pack outfit bring in tools, food, and kitchen stuff, which was nice. We all took turns with camp chores (cooking, cleaning, hauling water, etc), which were organized by our volunteer leaders, so that worked out well. Liked Glacier because we hiked out to worksite everyday, but could enjoy hot showers a short walk from our campground. In both cases it was clear that the rangers we worked with were very appreciative of our volunteer assistance.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Conservation Volunteers International Program, Inc., Orinda, CA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

My wife and I went down to Torres del Paine with this group a few years ago because we had always wanted to hike in the Chilean Andes, and this seemed like a good way to check things out. All volunteers, it was a great group of people, well-organized into teams for trail building and repair, and all interested in the outdoors. A lot of good work accomplished, as well as some outstanding day hikes with new friends on our free days. Appreciated having a hot shower and a decent (dormitory style) bed in a comfortable refugio after a day's work. Only criticism is that, even though the cost seems moderate by many standards, I think the price keeps a lot of younger people who would be interested from signing up. I understand that the organization is trying to figure out ways to get over that hurdle while still being able to cover its expenses.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Volunteers for Outdoor California, Redwood City, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I have volunteered with this organization on 4 different projects in the Bay Area over the past 3 or 4 years; 3 were trail-building, 1 was trail-maintenance. All were with a great group of 100 to 150 people of all ages over a long weekend. All meals (which were excellent) were provided free by VoCal, Everything (work teams, tool distribution, food prep, etc.) was extremely well organized by volunteer leaders. We especially liked seeing what a huge amount of progress could be made in so short a time when a large number of people are organized productively. We also liked the fact that there were a lot of young people (we can be counted among the "active elderly") out having a good time in the outdoors and helping to make it better.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer