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Exploring the country from the seat of a motorhome is a picture-perfect way to travel around this country and experience many of the beautiful opportunities the landscapes, destinations, and local attractions offer. As RVers, and Workampers in particular, we have the unparalleled privilege to explore on a different level in the places and spaces we choose to call home for undetermined amounts of time.
Employers from east to west and north to south welcome caravans of seasonal, part-time and full-time RVers to come stay and play at their business throughout the best seasons of the year, while we earn our keep and some cash for more travels down the road.
2 Ways to Volunteer While RVing
Volunteering as an RVer can open the doors of travel. Different from a site exchange, where you are required to work a set number of hours to an employer to cover the cost of your site and utilities, volunteering refers to the gifting of time and energy to a non-profit organization or a government run entity, such as the US Army Corp of Engineers. We typically see two ways of volunteering that fit the Workamping lifestyle.
Some RVers choose to travel strictly by volunteering, giving back, and helping those in need for reasons beyond this article text and those close to their hearts. They have reliable sources of monthly income and the means to sustain their travels without the need for additional income from Workamping and can thus donate their time in exchange for great adventures. This is a great option for those who don’t want to earn too much income and possibly risk their retirement income or social security benefits.
Other RVers will find that a mixture of both paying positions and those strictly volunteering is the best fit for their lifestyle. Working at least one volunteer position throughout the year, in addition to other paid gigs- give a variety to travel and allows for money to be made when and where needed. This combination style of Workamping is more easily attainable and many Workampers find this is the happy place where goodwill, free camping, and great adventures seem to all blend!
Flexible & Rewarding
As a volunteer, the work is often more flexible in shifts, responsibilities, and length of commitment. You’ll be helping an organization of your choice achieve its goals and mission, while giving your days some structure and keeping busy. It’s also a great way to grow your Workamping resume for future positions down the road.
We should commend those who are willing and able to volunteer while out exploring and finding new adventures, and maybe look to broaden our own horizons, if you’re like me and have not yet taken on a volunteer Workamping position. However you choose, volunteering will still deliver the main benefits of Workamping, freedom of location while living with reduced expenses and the opportunity to discover new and exciting places with enough time to explore like a local!
Workamper News provides resources for those wishing to peruse volunteer opportunities online as well as in the magazine. Typically, a volunteer position will be posted in both places for about 3 months, before they expire or are renewed based on the needs of the company. These opportunities are available to view on Workamper.com/volunteer throughout the year.
11 Volunteer Workamping Positions To Consider
Disney Wilderness Preserve
The Nature Conservancy’s 11,500-acre Disney Wilderness Preserve in central Florida hires experienced, conservation-minded, friendly couples. You can volunteer for up to 6-months, with a 3-month minimum from October 2018 to April 2019. FHU will be provided for 32 hours of volunteer work per week. The work may consist of carpentry, vehicle maintenance, road and trail maintenance, grounds keeping, janitorial duties, light office, and visitor center duties. Contact Dan Cole at: 407-935-0002, ext 126 or email@example.com
A nonprofit organization rebuilding homes in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans from the flooding that resulted from Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. They provide all necessary project training, tools, safety equipment. No previous construction experience needed. Projects can include: roofing, framing, installing windows and doors, drywall, laying tile, interior painting, replacing siding, painting and yard work. Volunteers can work for one day, one year, or anything in between! Work available year-round. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community First! Village
Community First! Village lifts the homeless off the streets into restored RVs. This 27-acre community in East Austin, TX is looking for folks to assist in restoring gently used RVs and responding to requests for repairs. 25 hours of work per week in exchange for a pad site and utilities. Contact: Kevin@mlf.org
The Neal Taylor Nature Center
The Neal Taylor Nature Center is hiring camp hosts from November 2018 to April 2019. Duties include greeting visitors, light typing, and cleaning. Strong computer skills and/or outside maintenance experience highly desirable. 20 hours per week for a FHU site. Close to Santa Barbara, Solvang, and the beautiful wine country. Contact: Julie at: 805-693-0691 or email: email@example.com
Castle Dome Museum
Castle Dome Museum and hull mine natural wonder florescent mineral wall are looking for several volunteers starting October 15 – April15, 2018-19. Work just 3 days per week for FHU by large Solar Arrays. Be a part of a spectacular underground tour and wild west museum. Super location outside Yuma, AZ. in Kofa National Wildlife area. Physical activity required walking, some lifting, cleaning, greeting guests, tour guide and maintenance. www.Castledomemuseum.org
Barberville Pioneer Settlement
Step back in time in sunny central Florida as you help the Barberville Pioneer Settlement teach school children about the days of old. You will love our friendly, peaceful atmosphere while demonstrating the lost trades like candle making, wood working, blacksmithing, weaving and more. Other duties include grounds keeping, light cleaning/maintenance, clerical duties. Applications are now being accepted for both the October/November – April/May 2019 season and for April 2018 through the summer. 20 hours weekly per person. FHU provided. Background screenings required. firstname.lastname@example.org
YMCA Camp Sequoia Lake
Nestled up to Kings Canyon National Park the YMCA Camp Sequoia Lake is seeking volunteers (singles or couples) to work in our kitchens serving kids and families. Full hookup or housing provided, plus all meals. Seasonal dates are June-August. Contact Simon at 559-624-1110 email@example.com
Pisgah Hospitality Partners
Several campgrounds located in the mountains of WNC in the Pisgah National Park, from Asheville to Brevard, are looking for friendly couples as Volunteer Hosts for the spring/summer season of 2019! The host work-exchange program involves working designated hours during each week for a FHU site. 3-month commitments or longer required. Host season starts March 15 and runs through October 30. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 828-552-8040, ext. 5.
Trinity Pines Conference Center
Trinity Pines has openings for volunteer Christian couples and singles to serve in the ministry at Trinity Pines Conference Center (TPCC) north of Houston, TX. Shaded FHU (30/50) camp sites, laundry, WiFi, and meals when campers are present in exchange for 20 hours per person per week. Multiple positions are available including Guest Hosts, Craftsmen, Facility Maintenance, Groundskeeping, Office/Gift Shop Support, and Food Service Support. Volunteers are needed all year. Start dates and service commitments are flexible, but 2-month minimum is preferred. Contact: Melanie@trinitypines.org
Battery Point Lighthouse
Battery Point Lighthouse is looking for volunteers to work as day tour guides and gift shop staff, with month long commitments. RV site provided during the time of service. Located in Crescent City, California – 20 miles south of the Oregon border, near Redwood National and State Parks. Contact: email@example.com
Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge is seeking self-motivated volunteers to assist in maintenance and visitor contact. Positions available at scenic Reelfoot NWR. Concrete RV pads by ponds with FHU provided. Contact Tara: 731-538-2481.
Volunteering is another great way to experience the Workamping lifestyle! These opportunities are just a sample of what is available for RVers who wish to donate their time to great causes! Check online for more information on these organizations or if you have special charity in mind, just reach out to them directly and see if they have the ability to host you as an RV volunteer!