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Volunteer Vacations

Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. 

Giving back isn’t just something you can do at home. When you travel, it’s a special opportunity to become part of the community you’re visiting. Check out the organizations and opportunities below, and see where you might find some way you can help. These organizations need volunteers for events, work parties, and regularly scheduled shifts throughout the year. Please contact them directly for further details. 

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American Hiking Society

Be a part of a crew of outdoor lovers and help rehabilitate trails all across the country. Crews consist of 6-15 volunteers accompanied by a crew leader. Volunteer Vacations involve backpacking or day hiking and accommodations vary from primitive campsites to bunkhouses or cabins. Tools and supervision are provided by the host agency or organization. 


Washington Native Plant Society

The San Juan Islands Chapter is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, study, and restoration of native plants and vegetation throughout the San Juan Islands and supports educational outreach on the values of the native flora and its habitat throughout the islands. San Juan Island Chapter welcomes new members, and those who are interested are encouraged to volunteer. Contact:

WWOOF (Worldwide Workers on Organic Farms)

Be a part of the organic agricultural movement through a variety of farm educational opportunities—growing vegetables, keeping bees, making wine, working with animals, etc. Several farms in the San Juan Islands have WWOOFers working in their fields and gardens, including Doe Bay Resort and others. Membership required. Contact:

Whale Scout

Looking for opportunities in Washington after your trip to the islands? Check out Whale Scout's new app Podmatch and get involved in habitat restoration projects around the Salish Sea. 

The Whale Trail

Help promote awareness and stewardship of the marine environment through outreach, social media, and any other ideas you can come up with! Contact:

Washington Trails Association

Trails across Washington need our help and support more than ever. WTA welcomes anyone who wants to lend a hand and help out on the trail—whether you've had years of experience or you're brand new to tools. We look forward to seeing you at the next work party!

Contact Us:
1-888-468-3701 | (360) 378-9551
P.O. Box 1330, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
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