- What is the accommodation like?
During your working days, you will sleep in a tent. When you have free time, you will stay at a so-called volunteer house close to the city center of Asheville. You share your room with at least three other volunteers and sleep in bunk beds. Kitchen, bathroom, and common room are shared with all the others at the house. During your free time, you have the chance to get to know all the other international volunteers, explore the area and enjoy the beautiful landscape.
- Is it possible to get placed with a partner or friend?
In the project it is not that easy to place travel partners together because your work is determined by the latest need, which makes it 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?
Volunteers will take turns in preparing lunch and dinner together.
- Is it possible to receive vegetarian meals?
A vegetarian diet is possible, but our partners cannot care for a vegan diet.
- 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 and surrounding national parks and team up with some other volunteers to go on road trips. You might also just relax at the volunteer house.
- Do I have a contact person on site?
Yes, you will find a contact person at the local office. 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?
In general, you will be taken care of during your working hours and have no additional costs. During your free time, you need to cover your expanses for yourself. You might also need money for free time activities, external transfers, washing your laundry at the close by washing saloon or additional snacks you want to purchase. At the ATMs you can withdraw money, but you should talk to your bank if there are any costs involved for you.
- How can I contact family and friends at home?
During your free time, you can use WiFi in the volunteer house. You can also use a computer with internet access. Most cafés in the city also offer WiFi. For international or local calls, you can inform yourself about local prepaid offers or phone cards.
- What’s the weather/climate like?
North Carolina is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east. On the coast you have moderate climate, which cools down toward the west. North Carolina is divided into three climate and geographic zones: The moderate coastal region, the continental embossed Piedmont-Plateau with hot summers and cold winters and the Appalachian Mountains which are influenced by the mountain climate.
- Is there a prohibition regarding alcohol?
The drinking age in the USA is 21. It is also not allowed to drink alcohol in public. We ask you to follow these rules and respect the conditions.