Volunteer Abroad USA: North Carolina Nature Conservation
Experience an exciting time volunteering in this international conservation project which serves to protect North Carolina's fascinating nature.
Most of the time you will spend in the forests of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world while maintaining and developing the hiking trail network. On your days off you can enjoy the ambience of Asheville, a town known for its inspiring art and cultural scene.
- Experience the American Way of Life as a conservation volunteer in the USA
- Become active in conserving North Carolina’s unique nature
- Get to know the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from up close
- Work together with volunteers from all over the world
- Discover fascinating landscapes
Volunteering in North Carolina
By joining our nature conservation project in North Carolina you help conserve the unique nature of the U.S. state and, at the same time, get the chance to explore the contrasting nature reserves, the Central Mountains and breathtaking endless coasts of the East Coast.
Arrival and orientation in the USA
Depending on when you start your voluntary service in the North Carolina nature reserves, you will either be collected from the airport in Charlotte by a member of staff from our partner organisation in North America or you will make your way to Asheville on your own. We will be pleased to help you in arranging your transfer.
Volunteer activities in North America
The individual projects last from four to nine days, though some more remote projects may last several weeks. During this time you will be working up to ten hours per day. The projects involve different tasks: e.g. erosion control, erecting dry walls or new fences, maintaining footpaths or removing non-native plant species (neophytes).
Accommodation during the conservation project
Generally speaking, Asheville will be your base between projects. You will be accommodated in one of the volunteer houses in a shared room. On the days between projects the participants are responsible for feeding themselves and there is a kitchen for this in each house.
During the projects you will sometimes spend the night during the projects on camp sites with sanitary facilities, sometimes in the wild. Meals are always prepared by the group.
Leisure time as a volunteer in the United States
At the end of your project you will return to Asheville and will have three to six days off, depending on the duration of the preceding project. You can spend your free time with international volunteers from all over the world and get to know Asheville and the surroundings together.
“After a few days in the house there it feels like my new home and I met a lot of nice people from all over the world. It’s a good experience to live and work with them [...].”
“Sometimes in our modern technology streaked life, we forget how to live without all those fancy amenities and every once in a while it is soul and life cleansing to go out there, help others and be remembered of those things.”
“Being able to enjoy the view from a mountain at the end of a work day makes you feel like a king.”
“Participating in projects for the protection and improvement of those natural areas feels amazing, there is not better office to be working than those landscapes!”
1. North Carolina
North Carolina is the 12th state of the United States of America and lies between Virginia and South Carolina on the Atlantic coast of the USA. In the so-called "Tar Heel State" you will find forests, mountain landscapes and fantastic beaches along the coastal regions.
Flora and fauna are very diverse – wild animals such as alligators, bears and deer can be found in North Carolina. Outdoor enthusiasts will get their money's worth by visiting the many national parks and nature reserves.
Purpose of the volunteer project in North Carolina
The U.S. state North Carolina lies in the central eastern coast of the United States. The state can be broadly divided into three distinct geographic areas: the Coastal Plain in the East, the Piedmont in the center, and the Appalachian Mountains in the West. Particularly the Appalachians are rich in flora and fauna.
In the West of the State of North Carolina is a highlight for all nature lovers: the Great Smoky Mountains, which are part of the mountain chain of the Appalachians. The eponymous National Park offers unspoiled spectacular scenery, where you can explore the best hiking and biking. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located on the border of the two states of Tennessee and North Carolina. With more than 8 million visitors each year, it is the most visited national park in the U.S., but still offers plenty of untouched nature and relaxation for all visitors. In 1983 it was added to the World Heritage list.
Therefore, the protection of its sensitive nature and local value as an unspoiled recreation area comes first.
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