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Returning to Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier Reflecting  “To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.” – John Muir I had lived in Alaska, seasonally and year-round for many years. Believe me when I say that Alaska is addictive, and you will want to go back. This June, as my flight approached…

You load 16 tons, what do you get?

100 bug bites even with a head net . . .  Thank you to Merle Travis for the tune and to Sharon Wight for adapting Merle’s lyrics to our 2021 Alaska Volunteer Trip experience. Call me crazy, but even with the bug bites, I felt very lucky to be one of the trip leaders on…

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…

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…

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…

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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