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

Rating: 5 stars  

I have done two trips with CVIP - trail maintenance at Yosemite National Park in the fall of 2015 and conservation work with Trees for Life, Dundreggan Estate, Scotland, in the Highlands, September 2018. I chose this organization both times because this is how I giving back to where I want to be, by being a positive influence. And, well, you can't beat Yosemite or the Highlands of Scotland for beauty in the wild. Both trips found me among amazing, kind, smart and collaborative folk who worked together like we had known each for years. Wondrous. The Scotland trip was perfection with the 'focalizers' from Trees for Life and our Leaders preparing and guiding the volunteers with finesse and enjoyment. I felt useful. I felt like I could now hang out in Scotland (which I did for a few days after) and feel like I had given something in return for all the hospitality and beauty. It is not simple for me to take trips like this. Money must be saved, traveling arranged, and time off work taken. I chose CVIP twice for going some place on earth I had not been and I would choose them again if the stars align. The organization has integrity and deep commitment to making a difference with their programs both to the land and to the people who are a part of each trip.

Role:  Volunteer