- What is the accommodation like?
In general you will be sleeping in tents. During your free time you will stay at so called volunteer’s house close to the city center of Santa Cruz or in South Lake Tahoe. You will share the rooms with up to three other volunteers and sleep in bunk beds. The houses will have a common kitchen room, living room and bathrooms.
- Is it possible to get placed with a partner or friend?
No, in this project it is not that easy. But since your work is determined by the latest need it is difficult to arrange the working days and your free time parallel to a friend. So you might not end up in the same volunteer house.
- How is the food provided?
Volunteesr will take turns in preparing lunch and dinner together. There will be three meals daily.
- Is it possible to receive vegetarian meals?
It is possible to follow a vegetarian diet. Please inform us about your diet beforehand. A vegan diet is not recommended.
- How are working time and free time divided?
The duration of the conservation projects might vary. Usually you work between four and nine days. In some cases you might be involved in a bigger project that will stretch over some weeks. Generally you will be working up to 10 hours a day. After a project you will get some free days off. Your free days vary between three and six days.
- How can I spend my free time?
You can use your free time to discover the landscape around the project and team up with some other volunteers to go on road trips. You can drive up to San Francisco, Los Angeles or San Diego over the weekends. You might also just relax at the volunteer’s house.
- Do I have a contact person on site?
Yes, you will find a contact person at the bureau in California. Additionally you will be looked after by a supervisor.
- What expenses do I have to expect during the project? Can I withdraw cash on site and do I have to pay in local currency?
Usually you will not have any other kind of spending during the project since accommodation and food is provided. But you might need money for free time activities, external transfers, wash saloon or additional snacks you want to purchase. You can withdraw cash at the airport or the city.
- How can I contact family and friends at home?
You will have Wi-Fi access during your free time at the houses. There will also be a computer available for the volunteers. Depending on the weather the signal might be weak. To save some money you should consider purchasing a prepaid card. You can also visit some Internet Cafés. During your working time there might be limited access to internet and telephone signal.
- What’s the weather/climate like?
The climate in California is mild and pleasant. It is always colder the closer you get to the coast or the higher you go up the mountains. During the night desert region can also get very cold. Besides that the rest of the country has nice and warm summer with temperature over 20 ° C and cooler winter months below 10 ° C. The perception varies strongly from region to region.
- Is there a prohibition regarding alcohol?
The drinking age in the USA is 21. It is also not allowed to drink alcohol on the street in public. We ask you to follow these rules and respect the conditions.