Volunteer in vast and dramatic settings and learn about historic conservation while doing it!

Volunteer in the USA

American pop culture is, by far, the most famous worldwide, but its rich and diverse landscape is little known to many. The USA landscape varies across this large country from tropical beaches to alpine peaks, from rolling prairie and barren deserts to dense wilderness areas. America’s history may not be long, but it is certainly rich and unique. Whether you are a history buff, into archaeology, love the Wild West, or even just love the outdoors, we have just the placements for you!

The focus of this volunteer in the USA program is saving and restoring historic and cultural resources throughout the country with the help of volunteers. Projects include old lighthouses, fire lookout towers, rangers huts and mine cabins, ghost towns, amongst others. During your time in the USA on one of these projects, you will have the opportunity to learn and discuss the USA historical relevance of each place.

Working alongside a US local preservation organization and the Forest Services, National Parks and Federal Land Management Agencies, this project uses historic preservation funds to save and sustain American historical places for public benefits.

Volunteers will find themselves in the USA most beautiful landscapes working together as a group on hands-on projects. For 2021, we currently have options for Arizona (closed), Colorado (closed), or California (closed).

As a volunteer, you will learn craftsmanship from field-experienced managers and preservation specialists, as well as peer learning. Training, tools and equipment alongside a stunning campsite are provided in each location. These placements guarantee to teach you lifelong skills while experiencing the American wilderness!

Participants enjoy camaraderie and learn practical skills while keeping history alive!

Life outside the Volunteer in the USA project

During the week, our group will be provided single tents and facilities at a campground near our worksite, with a camp team providing daily meals. We’ll enjoy evenings around a campfire, relaxing, sharing stories, playing games or just stargazing.

Each Friday, the group will head to a new location for the weekend, visiting local sights, hiking, enjoying the landscapes and taking part in fun and adventurous activities. Weekends will be spent at lodges and hotels, with our meals at local eateries.

So don’t delay any longer to express your interests in 2022 projects, contact us and book your expedition to experience the American wilderness through one of our “backpacking expeditions”!


Here are some important facts about the USA:

  • Population 334,998,398 / July 2021 estimate
  • Language – English only 78.2%, Spanish 13.4%, Chinese 1.1%, other 7.3% (2017 est.)
  • Religion – Protestant 46.5%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, other Christian 0.9%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah’s Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%, other 1.8%, unaffiliated 22.8%, don’t know/refused 0.6% (2014 est.)
  • Currency America Dollar (USD)
  • Climate – Mostly temperate, but tropical in Hawaii and Florida, arctic in Alaska, semiarid in the great plains west of the Mississippi River, and arid in the Great Basin of the southwest; low winter temperatures in the northwest are ameliorated occasionally in January and February by warm chinook winds from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains

Source: www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook

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Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.


Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.


Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.


When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.