Where will I be living?
On the project
Most volunteers camp right in the heart of America’s most breath-taking landscapes while working on a project (equipment provided). While some project locations have developed campgrounds with warm showers, the majority are in remote and beautiful locations and have basic or no facilities, meaning volunteers get a real experience of living with just the bare necessities! Food is provided at each project and volunteers cook with their teams, taking turns preparing meals for the whole group.
On days off
During days off, volunteers stay in dormitory-style rooms in a shared volunteer house in Flagstaff. Volunteers are responsible for their own food when they’re not working on a project. There’s a shared kitchen in the volunteer accommodation and plenty of grocery shops in Flagstaff (as well as a number of restaurants that volunteers tend to visit on lazy nights!). Most houses are equipped with wi-fi.
Most volunteers will spend 4 consecutive weeks on projects in Utah, with off-time housing at a youth hostel in the town of Hurricane, which is near by to Zion, Bryce and Escalante National Parks and only a 2 hour drive from Las Vegas.
What’s the local area like?
Lowell Observatory: The walk up to the astronomical research centre provides amazing views over Flagstaff and visitors can use the telescopes at the observatory, from where Pluto was discovered.
The Arboretum: Wild Birds of Prey can be spotted while wandering around this 200 acre botanical garden.
Skiing: The soaring mountains surrounding the Flagstaff offer some of the best skiing in the Southwest
Outdoor pursuits: There are numerous mountain biking, trekking and Rock Climbing opportunities around Flagstaff. Adventurous visitors can hike the 2,000 feet to the summit of Mount Elden to the lookout tower for spectacular views over the city or conquer Humphreys Peak in the San Francisco Mountains, the highest mountain in Arizona. Much of the land here is considered to be sacred by a number of Indian tribes.
Eat out: With restaurants specialising in Chinese, Thai, Italian, Mexican and Southwest cuisine, visitors to Flagstaff don’t go hungry!
Fancy a road trip?
Days off in between projects are the perfect time to explore the local area, and with Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Salt Lake City L.A not too far away, many volunteers group together, hire a car and head off on a road trip for a taste of the USA!
Who will I be working with on my project?
Volunteers on the programme work alongside American, and other international volunteers.