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Tom Shields

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

Rating: 5 stars  

We volunteered to go to Torres del Paine to work on trails. Our experience was outstanding. We worked in conjunction with another group that was building a bridge. Our contribution was to develop the entrance to the new bridge north side from the existing trail. I was very impressed with the CVIP leader who schooled us on trail building that will last. I was proud of our 20 foot approach to the bridge and felt good that it would be there for a long time. Another notable contribution was the construction of a water diversion. Before our work a small stream was cascading down the trail causing a very muddy and erosive environment at the trail low point. We constructed a protected diversion lined with rock and a rock bridge over the diversion. By the time we finished the project the trail had dried out and other members of our crew had made the trail more accessible correcting erosion and overgrowth. Besides the great feeling of contributing to the park, we enjoyed daily outstanding vistas of this wonderful mountainous terrain. The overnight accommodations in the refugio were relaxing and allowed us to meet a number of international hikers. Overall a great way to volunteer and a wonderful experience.

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?

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