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Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands – Volunteer Vacations 2022

November 27 - December 4

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Go beyond Virgin Islands National Park’s stunning white-sand beaches. Hike to historic plantation sites to learn about a challenging past when sugar and enslaved labor dominated life on the island. Visit the Indigenous Taino’s ancient petroglyphs. Snorkel coral reefs to discover hidden marine life. Two-thirds of the island of St. John is national park, making it a unique destination for visitors!

The volunteer trail crew’s scope of work includes trails maintenance, clearing of historical sites, native tree planting projects, invasive species removal, and trash/debris removal. Volunteers need to be in good physical health and prepared to work from 8am to 2pm in hot and humid conditions. Every participant should have close toed shoes, a day pack, sun protection, long pants, a mask, and capacity to carry a minimum of 3 liters of water. The Friends of Virgin Island National Park will supply all necessary tools, training, gloves, and transportation.

AHS acknowledges with gratitude that this project takes place on the traditional lands of the Taino and Kalinago (Island Carib) peoples past and present. We honor the land itself, the Indigenous communities who have stewarded this land for generations, and those who continue to steward these lands today. AHS invites all volunteers to join us in our commitment to support and amplify the work of Indigenous communities as they work to dismantle the systems of oppression that these communities continue to face today.

Host

Friends of Virgin Islands National Park

Accommodations

Car Camping Tent Sites

Hiking/Access

Day hiking up to 4 miles each work day.

Project Rating

Difficult

Minimum Volunteer Age

16

Maximum Group Size

12

Area and Attractions

Virgin Islands National Park's diverse beaches, coral reefs, historic ruins, and hiking trails provide endless hours of exploration and enjoyment, as well as inspiration and opportunities for solitude and reflection. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities on the land and in the water, including swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving; sailing, kayaking and windsurfing; and camping, hiking, bird watching and archaeology. Enjoy the crystal blue waters on one of the many day-sail charter or snorkeling tours, or for a terrestrial experience try a 2- hour island safari tour, all offered by private operators.

Accommodations Description

The volunteer campground is a three minute walk to Cinnamon Bay's beautiful white sand beach with excellent swimming and snorkeling. The campground is equipped with propane stoves, propane grills, refrigerator, kitchenware, picnic tables, and bins for food storage, drinking water, a shower, toilets, and kitchen sink. Each volunteer will be given a cot and assigned a shared large 12 person tent. Please note that there is no cell phone coverage at camp. Cell service is available at the east end of the beach.

Travel

Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas, USVI is the closest airport. Volunteers should arrange to fly into St. Thomas, and take a shared taxi to Red Hook ferry terminal, then take the ferry to Cruz Bay. Group pickup is provided from the ferry terminal at Cruz Bay. Transportation from camp to the work site is provided throughout the week.

Location

Virgin Islands National Park
Cinnamon Bay Campground, St. John, Virgin Islands 00830 United States + Google Map
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