California Exchange team 2016

California Exchange Program 2018

Join Our 6-week California Exchange Program in 2018

Conservation Volunteers Australia has been exchanging teams with the California Conservation Corps (CCC) for 29 years.  This program offers you the opportunity to volunteer alongside the world’s oldest conservation corps on a range of practical projects that take place in urban, regional or remote areas.

The California Conservation Corps is a state agency that puts together young people and the environment, to the benefit of both.  Corpsmembers – young men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 (29 for Veterans) – sign up for a year working outdoors to improve California’s natural resources.

Our California Exchange program is open to volunteers aged 18 and over.  You should be reasonably fit and healthy, and prepare to take part in a physically active program undertaking conservation tasks such as planting trees, removing weeds or building trails.  Prior experience is not essential as training will be given onsite however, we do require all applicants to be existing volunteers with our organisation, or to commit to volunteering on one or more of our projects before they start the exchange program.  If you haven’t volunteered yet, don’t be deterred from applying – we’ll help you find projects that meet your interests so you can meet this exchange requirement.

Previous exchange program volunteers have experienced activities such as a week-long building trails spike, fuel reduction spike at Lake Isabella, restoring historical buildings in Santa Barbara, planting trees on a beach in Malibu and trail maintenance and salmon habitat restoration in Yosemite National Park.

Feedback from the last California Exchange:

“It was honestly one of the best things I have ever done. The people on the exchange have become close friends of mine, we had the most fun together and the program itself was amazing. I would do it again. Thank you so much for letting me do it. Its changed my life and opened some doors for me already.”

“It was a well-planned out trip and I loved all of it and most of all meeting some really cool Americans that helped make the trip amazing!”

“It was without a doubt the best thing I have ever done and I would do it all over again. It has truly empowered me as a person and I will forever be grateful for the experience I had. The friendships I made with both the Australia crew and the America crew are ones that will last a lifetime.”

Program Dates

Program ex Melbourne
Departing: Monday 07th May 2018
Returning: Wednesday 20th June 2018

Cost: $2000 per person

Includes: Return airfare ex Melbourne, meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner daily including weekends), shared bunk-style accommodation in the California Conservation Centres and possible camping, project-related travel, Conservation Volunteers polo top and hoodie, safety wear, and 1 year CVA membership.  A packing list will be provided, including essential items such as sleeping bag, long pants, long sleeve work shirts, hat and safety boots.

Not Included: Visa, Travel Insurance.

Payment: Deposit of $1000 due Friday 09th March 2018 with final payment due Monday 09th April 2018.

Do you love photography?

We are also looking for a keen photographer to document the exchange whilst volunteering.  You might be an enthusiastic amateur or a professional – if you’re interested, please let us know on the application form.  We’ll need to see some samples of your photography skills; if you’re successfully appointed, we’ll discount the exchange cost for you in return for a portfolio that we can use in future promotions and reports.  You’ll be credited as the exchange photographer for any shots we publish, helping to build your own photography credentials.

Applications have closed

Successful applicants will be notified Friday 02nd March 2018.




Check out our FAQ’s or email our bookings department.

California Exchange Program FAQ