Join Our 6-week California Exchange Program in 2020
Conservation Volunteers Australia has been exchanging teams with the California Conservation Corps (CCC) for 31 years. Our California Exchange 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. Corps members – 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 prepared 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 previous California Exchanges:
“I had the time of my life, living and volunteering with the California Conservation Corps. The friends I’ve made, the things I’ve learnt, the sights I’ve seen is an experience you won’t get anywhere else!”
“6 weeks just flew by because I had such a good time volunteering alongside the c’s and meeting some awesome like minded people who loves the environment. California is such a beautiful place and I had such a fun fulfilling time, and i would 100% do it again!”
“Can’t think of anything in particular, but it’s a good way to see a whole different culture revolving around conservation.”
“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.”
2020 program dates: Ex Melbourne, Wednesday 06th September, arriving back into Australia Wednesday 21st October 2020
Program cost: $5,450 per person
Includes: Return flights from Melbourne to San Francisco, 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 and safety wear. 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 and Travel Insurance.