Useful Information about California
From towering redwood forests in Northern California to perfectly sun-kissed surf beaches in Southern California, this Golden State alongside the Pacific is a gem. For 2020 – volunteers will focus mostly on the Big Basin Redwoods National Park and Boulder Creek area for Central California groups and for the 12 week projects, this is combined with the South Tahoe Lake region close to the Nevada border.
Those joining this year will be based in Boulder Creek located in the Redwood forests on Big Basin Highway (Route CA-236). Situated between the town of Boulder Creek, CA and Big Basin State Park, we have upgraded to a bigger property, a special location and one that represents our growing future.
From Boulder Creek, CA, and you are able to travel within several hours of this location. It can be up to Napa and Sonoma Counties if headed north, or out to the east in the central California valley, anywhere on the central California coast, and south to Monterey, CA, Big Sur, and San Luis Obispo Counties. If you do the 12 week project, you will spend 6 weeks at Boulder Creek followed by 6 weeks in the more Northern region of South Lake Tahoe.
Free time for Volunteers
You will have between 2-5 days off between alternate project weeks. This will allow you to use this time to travel with new friends, explore endless beautiful areas, and to socialise with other volunteers from the US and from around the world. We just ask that you return healthy and rested for the next project. You can go to the beach, take a road trip, rent a car, go rock climbing, and whatever you’d like to plan.
If you are under 21 and do not want to spend several weeks or months without drinking alcohol, unfortunately you will not be able to participate in this project. As a general principle, we support your time-off activities if they are legal based on local and state laws, and safe. Illegal, unsafe, and disrespectful activity will result in immediate dismissal from the project.
From the UK and most of Western Europe, volunteers take advantage of the VWP, Visa Waiver Program. No visa is required for 90 days or less of travel, and you just pay the ESTA fee. Here is a helpful resource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_Waiver_Program