You have made the decision about voluntary service, but have no idea about the destination? Then go for Catalina Island and help to preserve this impressive ecosystem. NATUCATE offers you the opportunity of doing your voluntary service on this island just off the Californian coast. The stay will raise your awareness of how fragile the beauty of nature is and the danger it is exposed to every day, as over a million visitors call at the relatively small Catalina Island every year. Go NATUCATE and experience a unique adventure about which you will doubtless enthuse to your friends and relatives for a long time to come.
Catalina Island appears like a gem in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Los Angeles and is fast becoming a top-ranking eco-destination. 88% of the surface area is under the protection of the Catalina Island Conservancy, a private organisation founded in 1972 which counts as one of the oldest in South California. Regardless of what time of year you decide to do voluntary service on Catalina Island, the climate is on the whole warm, even if the nights are somewhat cooler later on in the year. If you are visiting Catalina Island for the first time, you will soon fall under the spell of the nearly 200 km², even if you don’t expect this on first sight of the rather bleak rocks. Around 400 types of plant and many different animal species are a clear indication of the enormous variety of life that will confront you on Catalina Island. The mere fact that about 60 species only exist on this island illustrates how important the protection of this unique habitat is. Let yourself be captivated by the typical grey foxes or bison, or even Mount Orizaba – at 650 meters, the highest point on the island.
To volunteer on Catalina Island you must be at least 18 years old and have a good knowledge of English. Work on the projects can be exceedingly demanding physically, that’s why we ask you for a doctor’s certificate, confirming your state of health and physical fitness.
NATUCATE works closely together with experienced and reliable partners in North America. You’ll realise that right from the word go. But first of all, you must organise your flight to California yourself. Thanks to its close proximity to the island, Los Angeles is the ideal destination. You will be picked up at the airport by an employee from our partner organisation and taken to Catalina Island with the other volunteers. Then you will be given safety instructions and information on local matters as a prelude to your voluntary service on Catalina Island. Working hours are Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week.
Combine nature tourism and voluntary service in a great way and experience eleven fantastic days on an island, for which you have taken on a certain responsibility towards protecting its biodiversity.
During your stay you will be given your own tent. Food is provided and prepared together by the group. That strengthens team spirit and communication.
Everybody interested in volunteering abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.
The weekend is completely free. That leaves you and the other volunteers ample time to explore the island in the evenings or at the weekend. The main town, Avalon, is a scenic experience that is definitely worthwhile. Should you have time to spare beyond your voluntary service, we strongly recommend that you stop over either before or afterwards, because Southern California is just too awesome. And since you’re already there, you should take the opportunity to discover more. We at NATUCATE can help you with your planning arrangements and give you valuable tips for a memorable trip in North America’s west.