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

Rating: 5 stars  

I have taken 2 trips with CVIP, one in the U.S. and one abroad and both were excellent. The professionalism, content, attention to detail and the ability for volunteers to work outdoor assignments that are meaningful and different make these trips very special. In the Galapagos, we were assigned to take underwater pictures of the sea turtles to help the local university establish a sea turtle baseline. We also did habitat restoration and beach clean up. In Yosemite, we cleared trails including drain and scale and helped prepare CCC and NPS for the tourist season. CVIP engages with the local organizations and leaders allowing us to not only DO but also LEARN about the initiatives, concerns and projects. We are able to visit the place of the research and receive overviews from local scientists. In Yosemite we were teamed up with CCC youngsters allowing for a social experience in addition to the conservancy. So far the experience has been very positive. CVIP board members and leaders care and strive for a positive experiences for everyone. They all have a love for the outdoors and are experienced in resource management and conservancy. Their focus on safety, well being and group cohesion results in camaraderie and making a difference and provides for a very rewarding experience for the volunteers.

Role:  Volunteer