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Dedicated to the Scottish Highlands

Over the past 50 years, service trips have given me the opportunity to help protect and restore vulnerable areas around the world. In 2007, I read an article about the Scottish non-profit, Trees for Life, in National Geographic Adventure magazine. Trees for Life has been working to reforest the Scottish Highlands since 1989. Sadly, much…

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Cinque Terre

Have any of you heard whispers regarding a possible ConservationVIP® work project in Italy? Well it’s TRUE!  I have been working to develop meaningful, hands-on work projects in Cinque Terre, our next volunteer trip destination. For me, it began with a passion for a place that I’ve been to and projects and community needs that…

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Picturing Virgin Islands

Hello from Peter Murphy. I’m the sometimes videography/sometimes still photography volunteer helping to document the work performed by volunteers with ConservationVIP. Working with the leadership, I’ve joined teams from Scotland to Machu Picchu and places in between. It’s been wonderful watching folks come together from all over to get dirty and create a metamorphosis of…

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Reminiscing

Editor’s Note: As this blog goes to print, Machu Picchu is closed to visitors due to COVID-19. Together with Peter Murphy, we are reminiscing about Machu Picchu, waiting for the day when we can return.  Hello from Peter Murphy (again).  I’m the sometimes videographer/photo volunteer helping to document the work performed by volunteers with ConservationVIP.  Working…

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Traveling to the Ends of the Earth

I feel very blessed to have been able to travel with purpose with ConservationVIP to the ends of the earth, also known as Torres Del Paine National Park in the Patagonia region of Chile. First, I will talk about the joys experienced followed by some of the practical aspects of the trip. The joys were…

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Return to Virgin Islands National Park

My relationship with the US Virgin Islands National Park began when I worked with the National Park Service (NPS) at San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico. In 1996 Hurricane Marilyn struck the US Virgin Islands, devastating homes, stripping the islands of most roofs, all electrical systems and water, leaving residents and NPS employees…

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