In this week’s Voluntourism Spotlight, we learn more about Tauck’s Guest Volunteer programs in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. Find out why Tauck has been honored with the Preserve America Presidential Award, as well as the U.S Department of Interior’s “Take Pride in America” National Award. Then check back every Wednesday for more voluntourism opportunities and tune into Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio on Saturday for more information.
Want to give back to mother nature while vacationing in a U.S. National Park? Tauck, a tour-operator since 1925, offers a hybrid vacation and volunteer opportunity that will tap into your inner John Muir.
Traverse the Bighorn National Forest then fix up historic buildings and backcountry cabins. Visit the Yellowstone geysers and hot springs after you repair flood damage and rain runoff drainage problems. These are only a few of the rewarding projects visitors have worked on since the Yellowstone/Grand Teton Guest-Volunteer Program began in 2003.
During a span of nine years, 14,750 Tauck guest-volunteers have donated labor valued at over $525,000 by the U.S National Park Service. This summer guests can also help Tauck mark two important milestones: hosting their 15,000th volunteer as well as surpassing 30,000 hours of donated labor.
Tauck offers two tours that visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks; one is 10 days and aimed at the active, experienced traveler while the other is eight days and designed for families. On tour, volunteers donate two to three hours to various preservation, beautification and rehabilitation projects. The tours are available between May 17 and September 22. Prices start from $3,190 and availability is limited so be sure to book early. For more information visit Tauck’s website.
By Christina Issa for PeterGreenberg.com