If you're a fan of their gear already, then consider a volunteer vacation with REI Adventures and Conservation Volunteers International Program — a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to conserving iconic wilderness areas and cultural sites around the world. The volunteer vacations, which are offered in both North and South America, allow you to work alongside expedition leaders and local park rangers to garner insight into regional culture and geography while helping protect some of the planet's top adventure travel destinations from Machu Picchu to the U.S. Virgin Islands to Yosemite National Park.
Volunteer projects consist of trail maintenance, restoration of wildlife habitat, collection of native plant seeds as well as a variety of other important tasks. Trip prices include all ground transportation, lodging, meals, expert leadership and the necessary equipment and tools to complete our projects. Each trip also incorporates rest days that let you explore your surroundings in more depth.