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Cape Fear River Watch Conservation Project, USA

3 Months from

minimum age

  • Help to conserve the environmental and water quality of the Cape Fear river basin
  • Get involved with the local community on advocacy and awareness projects
  • Gain experience in river conservation techniques and running outreach projects
  • Spend your free time surfing, boating and exploring downtown Wilmington

Food, Lodging and Travel

You will be provided with shared accommodation in Wilmington during your stay. Volunteers are expected to purchase and cook their own food at the house either alone or with the other housemates. In 2020, participants will share a 2-bedroom apartment near downtown Wilmington and within easy biking distance from the project office and the lake (where the interns do most of their work).

Free time
In your free time, amongst many things, there are great surfing opportunities for interns:

Surfing Lessons
Wrightsville Beach surfing has grown tremendously in the past few years. One of the world’s top surfers, Ben Bourgeois, once called Wrightsville Beach his “home break”. The warm Gulf Stream waters, mild air temperatures and gentle sand bars produce a friendly break for first-timers and more experienced surfers. The Wrightsville Beach surfing community includes several surf shops and outfitters.

By joining this programme, you can get free surfing lessons at Wrightsville Beach, which is 15 minutes from downtown Wilmington. Qualified surfers will work with the internship coordinator to work in times when lessons can be given.

Type of volunteers needed
Interns canoeing on Cape Fear riverYou should be 18 years old and over, fit, healthy and capable of working in all conditions in a hot climate. No specific skills are needed, but those with previous experience of manual conservation work, trail work, gardening, river restoration etc. would be particularly useful, as well as those who are self-motivated, as you will get more out of the project if you are. In addition, those who are either students taking a year out, or who have graduated in the domains of environmental science, or ecology will greatly benefit and will gain lots of relevant field experience. The project will especially appeal to those with an interest in conservation, rivers, canoeing and paddling, surfing and ornithology.

Training and support
Conservation interns using wheelbarrowYou will work directly under the Cape Fear River Watch Coordinator. The CFRW Coordinator will be responsible for scheduling, training, communication, monetary issues, and addressing any concerns that you may have. This programme will provide training and lots of field work for any recent graduate needing to gain applied experience in the conservation domain.

You can visit for less than 90 days on the Visa Waiver Program. You will need a valid ESTA to travel.

The airfare to Wilmington, North Carolina, travel/medical insurance and personal expenses are not included within the project price. It is mandatory for you to take out travel and medical insurance for the duration of the project. In general, you can travel from your home country quite easily to Wilmington (with US Airways, Delta, United etc.) – you will be picked up from the airport on arrival.

Cape Fear River Watch Conservation Project, USA

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