Service offered to fellow human beings or to nature is one of the most treasured gifts on Earth. What better way to kill two birds with one stone than to visit Catalina to volunteer while enjoying your holiday at the same time? Check out some of these wonderful volunteer vacation programs that will enable you serve with a smile in Catalina;
This conservatory volunteer project was designed by Hotel Villa in conjunction with Catalina Island Conservancy. For just $179 per person, you can get accommodation at Hotel Villa Portofino as you relax and perform volunteer tasks on every Thursday. The nature of the tasks involves horticultural activities aimed at restoring Catalina’s majestic flora. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old and no special skills or experience is required.
One-world offers volunteers a chance to serve for two weeks and is open to all. Volunteers will put in eight hours of service each day and enjoy kayaking and snorkeling during their free time. It is one of the best volunteer programs since it offers a lengthy duration to volunteer for just $755. Participants need to be above 18 years and avoid alcohol during working hours. Tasks carried out include
Planting organic gardens
Controlling spread of hostile plant species
Learning the history of the island
Marine life conservancy
This program will require you to clear your schedule on the fourth Wednesday of each month for you to begin voluntary service. Catalina Island Conservancy and Hermosa Hotel founded this volunteer vacation program with the aim of returning Catalina’s ecological state to its former glory. Volunteers spend time in the James H. Ackerman Native Plant Nursery to learn about the indigenous plant species and how to discern invasive plants from harmless beneficial flora.
The program costs $249 and volunteers will spend three days and two nights in the island
Need to be at least 18 years old
No experience or special skills required
Tall-ship Catalina Island Sea Adventure Camp
Have you ever wanted to learn how to kayak? What about sailing? This volunteer program is for you. Tall-ship American pride is a member of American Sail Training Association (ASTA) and the sea camp’s goal is to teach children sailing, kayaking, fish dissection and Catalina’s deep ecological heritage. For hikers, this will be a thrilling experience to enjoy Catalina’s scenic environment as you enjoy lengthy island discovery walks. This sea camp is hosted by the nonprofit organization, Children’s Maritime Association (CMS). Because of the detailed information taught to campers, it is highly recommended for one to have knowledge in the following areas
· Marine biology
· First Aid
Volunteers are advised to keep off alcohol during trips, nature walks or class sessions because of the children’s presence.
Notice to non US citizens
These volunteer programs are open to everyone who meets the required criteria however it is important for any tourist to visit the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website in order to meet eligibility requirements that will grant permission to visit the United States of America.