Conservation Experience in America (2013)
Catalina Island is home to more than 60 plants, animal and insect species found nowhere else in the world, but it is visited by more than one million people annually. More than sixty thousand school children each year visit camps on the Island alone. The programme works closely with two key Island stakeholders, the Catalina Island Conservancy and Catalina Island Camps with the aim to maintain the islands natural environments whilst providing access to its visitors. Every project you do as an ACE volunteer has a positive impact on the environment, whether it’s reducing the risk that a forest fire will spread, removing invasive plants and giving native species room to grow, or restoring a trail so that others can enjoy nature without causing erosion and other damage. Each day they will travel to/from the project site, but as the Island is only small, travel times are short. The island is in constant need of conservation work; however, initiatives are often underfunded, making volunteer help highly valued. Volunteers work in small groups along with an experienced project supervisor. The work can be physically demanding, days are long (up to 10 hours) and volunteers should be prepared for extreme weather conditions, but the camaraderie and sense of achievement is immeasurable, and the location provides a truly memorable experience!
Typical Work Day
07:00: Volunteers leave camp for project site. Work outside on a variety of plant, trail of fencing projects followed by a 15 min break. 10:30: Work outside on a variety of plant, trail of fencing projects. 12:00: Lunch 14:00: Work outside on a variety of plant, trail of fencing projects followed by a 15 minute break before continuing with project work. 15:30: End of session and return to camp.
Departure Days (2013)
11th March 6th May 22nd July 5th August 19th August 2nd September
BUNAC Volunteer USA Eco Project Handbook Personal support and travel advice from knowledgeable staff Lonely Planet guide to California BUNAC travel discounts & free T-shirt Trained professional supervision Orientation session 24/7 support from BUNAC and local partner organisation for the duration of stay Tent cabin accommodation (on a shared basis) All Meals
Insurance Flights Visa Transfers from/to Los Angeles and Catalina ferry Spending/Travel Money
You must make your own way to Catalina Ferry Port (Two Harbors), where you will be met by a representative. The village of Two Harbors is accessed by the Catalina Express ferry company from the port in San Pedro-Berth 95. A roundtrip ticket costs approximately US$70. *You may need to arrive in Los Angeles on the previous day in order to make all your connections. You will be responsible for your own pre-project accommodations should you need to arrive early so please make arrangements accordingly.