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VOLUNTEER – Wildlife Conservation – South Africa

Thrills of a lifetime! A two-day old cheetah cub, charging elephants, lions with a fresh kill, and this was just the first week! Having the opportunity to spend 12 weeks living and working in the S. African bush certainly spoiled us for conventional safaris, but that was okay. We chose the volunteer organization Global Vision International in part because of their commitment to providing quality training and safety to their expedition members. Another major factor in our choice of programs was that the data we were collecting would be used by public educational institutions to better sustain the local communities. But I [ ... ]

VOLUNTEER – Quantum Leap, Horses for Healing -Odessa, Fl

The look of pure joy on the face of a young lady with cerebral palsy…the determined smile from the autistic boy…and the enormous grin from a wounded combat veteran. What do all of these have in common? A visit to Quantum Leap Farm and a ride on one of the therapy horses who call this their home. Begun in 2000, this non- profit organization provides services for adults and children with physical and mental disabilities. Helping people of all ages and abilities achieve goals and overcome challenges by engaging them with horses kept in a nice stable build by local [ ... ]

VOLUNTEER – Pacific Whale Foundation – Maui, Hawaii

We learned about Pacific Whale Foundation through their Volunteering on Vacation program. They have a partnership with other non-profits, the National Parks Service and community groups to protect Maui’s fragile island environment. The Pacific Whale Foundation also sponsors community events, education, research and conservation programs over the island. Volunteers earn points toward discounts in PWF’s Ocean Stores and tickets to their amazing Eco-Adventures. See the attached photo! This is an easy way to stretch your travel budget in Hawaii and feel like you are giving something back to these spectacular islands. Go to my site to get access to tours to [ ... ]

VOLUNTEER – GVI Coral Reef Research – Mexico

“Bloody Hell! There’s a possum in my bed!” Definitely NOT what you’d expect to hear on a 12 week expedition with Global Vision International to Mexico’s unspoiled Sian Ka ‘an Biosphere for Coral Reef Research. Yet, the surprise experiences never seemed to stop coming! The goal of this volunteer expedition for which you need not buy AR15 accessories is on monitoring and protecting the surrounding MesoAmerican reef, by conducting surveys on fish and coral as well as turtle nests and gaining and overall understanding for this water-based environment. Not only did we come away with advanced diving certifications – Cheryl became a Rescue [ ... ]

VOLUNTEER – Habitat For Humanity – Tampa Bay

Who would ever have thought that hammering nails, cutting siding, and stuffing itchy insulation inside walls could be so rewarding and so much fun? I have to admit being a little apprehensive when we showed up at my first build with the Tampa Bay Habitat For Humanity. I know next to nothing about construction or building anything larger than a birdhouse, but within minutes we’d been introduced to the project supervisor and given detailed instructions on what needed to be done. We worked alongside family members of those who would soon be occupying this home and listened to their expressions of gratitude [ ... ]

VOLUNTEER – Great American Pie Festival – Celebration, Fla

Volunteering couldn’t get much sweeter than a day spent at the Great American Pie Festival in Celebration, Florida! This will be our second year volunteering as servers at the “Never Ending Pie Buffet”, but there are positions as Pie Police, Pie-Eating Contest judges, and Children’s Pie Decorating Tent available with a play area secured by local services you can find out more using the last link. Thousands of pie lovers, tasters and bakers gather together at the Great American Pie Festival sponsored by Crisco®. The highlight, as always, will be the Never-Ending Pie Buffet, featuring award-winning pie, ice cream, toppings and beverages. Our [ ... ]

VOLUNTEER – Reef Watch Waikiki – Hawaii

Who wouldn’t want to spend a day at beautiful Waikiki Beach in Hawaii? That’s where our snorkel survey for Reef Watch Waikiki begins. This volunteer opportunity is to gather data, share knowledge, promote appropriate reef etiquette and lead educational programs for both visitors and those native to the islands. In addition to the snorkel surveys in which we identified fish, coral, and invasive plant species, we also participate in frequent beach monitoring to determine human use and biological monitoring. Reef Watch Waikiki gives us the opportunity is give back to the community as well as meet an amazing group of individuals committed [ ... ]

WWOOF – Kona Coffee Farm – Big Island, Hawaii

All the Kona Coffee we can drink? Really? And a view to die for? Sign us up!! For our 3rd WWOOF experience in Hawaii, we made the quick flight to The Big Island to Lyman Kona Coffee Farm for a first-hand look at organic coffee farming. Working as a farm intern taught us a great deal about what it takes to make a quality cup of coffee. The perfect combination of sunshine, water, fertilizer and helping hands from the WWOOFer world! This was our very own ”B&B” for “Barn & Breakfast”! Once our own breakfast was finished, it was our job to head down the driveway to [ ... ]

WWOOF – Dragonfruit Farm – Lahaina, Hawaii

For our first WWOOFing experience, we arrive in Lahaina, Hawaii, ready to learn all about dragonfruit and organic farming. We’re given our tents and a quick review of what needs to be done around the farm. Though it’s hard to concentrate on the weeds when you realize those are whales breeching from the ocean just below us! WOW! All in all, it’s been a great week! We’ve learned a little about dragonfruit and a LOT about starting a farm from scratch; as this week’s concentration was on building an outdoor kitchen and starting the “Hales” or small Hawaiian houses so the next [ ... ]

WWOOF – Organic Lettuce Farm – Maui, Hawaii

For our latest WWOOF adventure in Hawaii, we arrive at Island Paradise Organic Lettuce Farm in Haiku, Maui.  We’ll help out on the farm suppling a delicious organic salad mix to many of the restaurants and produce shops on the  island. It’s much cooler and wetter on this side of the island and we’re learning LOTS about 14 different kinds of lettuce. Did you know 100g of fresh, raw lettuce provides 247% of your daily Vitamin A? Our favorite so far is the Green Wave with a very distinctive wasabi taste – YUM!   We thought it might be fun to show what we do in [ ... ]