The people you meet volunteering more than likely share some of your environmental core values, and the willingness to give back. A 2022 Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area volunteer noted that one of their favorite experiences from their trip was “coming together, as strangers initially, with a common goal of improving the national park! By the end of the week, we were all friends! I will miss my crew, and I look forward to doing more AHS volunteer vacations with them next year.”
You do not need a partner or group to join a Volunteer Vacation. While it is great to have personal friends with you, joining a Volunteer Vacation provides you with a group to collaborate with, learn from, and enjoy the outdoors alongside.
A volunteer who attended the 2022 Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge shared that they “really enjoyed working with the other volunteers on a common goal to help out with repairing the bridge and clearing the trail. Everyone had a very positive outlook and was more than eager to help. It was great meeting new people and working together to improve our world.” Making new friends may have numerous benefits; connecting with others can make you feel good, create new opportunities to learn, expand your network, and feel more confident in a new place, especially while on the trail.