A brand new conservation project designed to protect the native flora and fauna of a small island off the coast of Southern California is seeking volunteers to help with its work programme this summer and autumn.
Travellers don't need any previous experience to work on the project - which is based on Catalina Island, a home to more than 60 plant, animal and insect species that are found nowhere else in the world.
Catalina, which measures just 21 miles by eight miles, receives more than one million visitors each year, so the main aim of the project is to maintain the island’s eco system - by helping with trail maintenance, building and repairing fences, and protecting native plant life and local endangered species.
The Eco USA Project is run exclusively through BUNAC and lasts either 11 or 17days, so backpackers can work it into other travels around the USA. Departure dates are July 9th, August 20th, September 3rd and 17th and October 1st for 11-day projects and July 23rd.
The price of £595 per project includes all accommodation and meals, personalised support, travel advice and flight booking service, plus an orientation session on arrival. It also includes a Lonely Planet Guide to California, BUNAC benefits, discounts, handbook and t-shirt.
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