Immersion Travel USA: The Best and Most Meaningful Volunteering, Living, and Learning Excursions

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When traveling to new places, don’t just visit, get involved to experience the locale like a local! In this book you will find more than 200 Immersion Travel Opportunities: Helping, Learning, Working, Caring, and Playing

Helping
Campground hosts are needed in State Parks around the country to welcome campers, educate them about the park facilities and regulations, answer questions and assist visitors in planning their activities.

Learning
Blacksmithing, banjo picking and arbor sculpture are but a few of the hundreds of arts and crafts classes taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina.

Working
Ski Taos hires lift operators, shuttle drivers and helpers in all the hotel services seasonally Taos Ski Valley, Inc, Taos, New Mexico. I found loads of great seasonal jobs, which are included in Immersion Travel USA, applied for five positions, was offered three, and accepted a summer position as the breakfast/lunch cook at Stehekin Valley Ranch in Stehekin, WA, a wilderness recreation area accessible only by air, foot or water. What an adventure! Yes, that’s me making the cowboy coffee at 5:00 A.M. over a wood fire.

Caring
Lynn raised $4000 and biked 3,682 miles from Virginia Beach, VA to Canon Beach, OR with 26 people to participate in Bike and Build’s cross-country trips to benefit affordable housing projects along the route, learning the history of each place, and working together with local volunteers.

Playing
Balloonists come from around the country to participate in the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Festival held annually over Memorial Day along with the Decatur Arts Guild Arts and Craft Show, Tennessee Valley Tractor and Engine Show, classic car show and live entertainment from local artists. The event is free and attendees are encouraged to volunteer to help out as part of the event.


Society of American Travel Writers
SATW’s Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award: The ultimate recognition for American Travel Writers

Silver: Sheryl Kayne, Immersion Travel USA, The Countryman Press, Guidebook Category

“Sheryl Kayne’s Immersion Travel USA provides a refreshing approach to travel within the United States. Instead of cataloging landmarks, this book guides you to meaningful travel based on volunteering, working or learning experiences. Kanye invites you to engage authentically with unique regional cultures for a trip that is sure to enrich your life and that of the locals.”

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication


Volunteer Vacations Across America: Immersion Travel USA

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There’s no need to cross oceans to volunteer. This is the first and only voluntourism book devoted to volunteering with people, communities, wildlife, the environment, and National Parks solely in the United States. Here are some sample trips you will discover:

People
Instructor Exchange Program, Adaptive Skiing, Challenge Alaska:
Adaptive-ski instructors from around the world who are certified in using special equipment to enable skiers with disabilities to participate in skiing come together to lead workshops and experience Mt. Alyeska, Girdwood, Alaska.

Communities
The Burning Man Festival: Founded on a small beach in San Francisco in 1986, has grown into an experimental community of 48,000 that comes together in the Black Rock Desert for one week before and including Labor Day Weekend with the help of 2,000 volunteers. The city is built around art themes and then completely dismantled, without leaving a trace.

Wildlife
Work with Primates, Saugus, CA: Gibbon Conservation Center: Volunteer to assist with feeding, data collection, and maintenance. GCC is dedicated to the study and preservation of gibbons and educating the public about these endangered primates.

The Environment
D Acres Organic Farming and Sustainable Living, Rumney, NH:
Founded in 1997, a nonprofit educational center that teaches and applies skills of sustainable living and organic farming. Participants share a communal living situation and work together to raise awareness about people’s impact on the environment, to limit consumption of fossil fuels and other resources, and to encourage on-site production of foods.

National Parks
Trails and Rails, Seattle, WA: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park: This is a partnership program between the National Park Service and Amtrak for people who love history and the rails to deliver moving commentary aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder and Coast Starlight train routes, between Memorial Day and mid-September.


Stay tuned for these new books:

Wildlife Volunteer: What to Know, How to Help & Where to Go

Here you will find worldwide wildlife adventures and opportunities for animal lovers to immerse in meaningful, grass roots and authentic projects in the United States and globally. There are trips for every budget, including tax deductible, trades, and dream adventures of a lifetime to add to your bucket list.

Hostels to Hotels with Heart

Learn about the multitude of accommodation around the world that includes a volunteer component partnering with and supporting the local communities they serve: planning and arranging activities, providing opportunities for guests to get to know and work with local residents, staff, and other travelers, to experience the homegrown culture and lifestyle in the USA and around the world.