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

Rating: 5 stars  

I've done three volunteer trips with CVIP--two to Torres del Paine and one to Machu Picchu--and they have all been wonderful experiences. The leaders are not only knowledge about the work to be done, but also know how to manage volunteers so that everyone can contribute to the project in a way that feels significant. They do a tremendous amount of prep work behind the scenes, working with local partners to make sure each project meets the needs and expectations of the local organizations in a respectful and culturally sensitive way. The volunteers develop great friendships and teamwork skills, and most of us come away with a deeper understanding of the land and culture. We have the satisfaction of accomplishing something really special while experiencing truly extraordinary places in a way that very few people do. After doing a CVIP trip, it's hard to be "just a tourist." Not just idle words...I've already signed up for my fourth CVIP trip, and this time I've convinced a friend to come along too!

Role:  Volunteer