Catalina Island Project
Off the coast of California, this beautiful island is home to more than 60 plants, animal and insect species found nowhere else in the world, but it is visited by more than one million people annually. More than sixty thousand school children each year visit camps on the Island alone. The programme works closely with two key Island stakeholders, the Catalina Island Conservancy and Catalina Island Camps with the aim to maintain the islands natural environments whilst providing access to its visitors. Volunteers work in small groups along with an experienced project supervisor.
The work can be physically demanding, days are relatively long (around 8 hours) and volunteers should be prepared for extreme weather conditions, but the camaraderie and sense of achievement is immeasurable, and the location provides a truly memorable experience! You will still have time in the evenings and weekends to explore.
Volunteers will stay on one of a number of camp sites depending on their project and will receive all meals. Each day they will travel to/from the project site, but as the Island is only small, travel times are short. The island is in constant need of conservation work, however, initiatives are often underfunded, making volunteer help highly valued.