American History Restoration Gap Program – California Ghost Town Circuit
Why choose this American History Restoration Gap Program – California Ghost Town Circuit
- Learn practical new skills around the restoration and preservation of a famous American Gold Rush historical site!
- Go back in time while exploring this California Ghost Town while experiencing the great American outdoors with fun weekend expeditions!
- Take part in a group conservation project and adventure to make new friends!
Travel during COVID times
Given the special global circumstances and to ensure the safety of participants and local community members, this program has been developed with great consideration.
This California Ghost Town Circuit American History Restoration Gap Program offers 3-weeks within the United States as part of a small group. Note that you might be required to take a PCR-test before joining the program. Our advisors are here to assist you with any pre-departure requirements.
The Program for American History Restoration Gap Program – California Ghost Town Circuit
The goal of the program is to familiarize yourself with the historical significance of the area while working on preservation initiatives led by a local historical preservation organization. Through the experience, you will learn preservation and manual labor skills while working on saving historic places that have fallen into despair. This important work is vital to preserving America’s historical and cultural resources for generations to come.
During the California Ghost Town Circuit, you will spend 3 weeks working in Bodie State Historic Park. Bodie is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. You will be able to walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people, all wanting to be part of the Gold Rush! Bodie was named after Waterman S. Body who discovered a small amount of gold in the hills and eventually was established as a mining town by the Standard Company in the 1800s. Only a small part of the town survived. Houses inside have remained as they were back then, and historical conservation is key to preserve an important part of American history as Bodie is an official California gold rush town.
This placement is perfect for anyone interested to learn more about the mining history, and the value the railroad brought to the town. You will be able to understand better the conditions its residents and miners endured back then.
There are over 100s of historic buildings onsite that needs some TLC, and volunteers are much needed! What a better way to go down history lane and spend 3 weeks of your spare time to contribute to preserving the past for the present and future generations!
Each weekend, our group will take part in exploring nearby areas to make the most out of the experience. Activities include the discovery of Lake Tahoe and some outdoor adventure in Yosemite National Park.
The Schedule for American History Restoration Gap Program – California Ghost Town Circuit
September 12: fly into Reno and meet your group leader and other peers on the project. Drive to the project where you will set up camp.
September 13-17: Project work.
September 17 (half-day) – 19: Travel to Mono Lake and explore Yosemite National Park doing some fun outdoor activities including kayaking and hiking.
September 20-24: Project work.
September 24 (half day) – 26: Weekend in Lake Tahoe for more time on the water and outdoor adventures!
September 27 – October 1: Project Work.
October 2: Drive to Reno airport to fly home.
What skills do I need to be a Volunteer on this American History Restoration Gap Program – California Ghost Town Circuit?
No specific skills are required for this project. This placement is great for history majors (or history buffs!), archaeological majors, vocational trainees or anyone with an interest in historic preservation, conservation or the great American outdoors! All manual work involved in the program will be taught to you on-site by the project directors. A reasonable level of fitness is required to partake in manual labor, hikes and others activities. Also note that depending on your network provider, cell phone reception at the project camps might a challenge. Weekends will be filled with fun activities and better Wi-Fi reception!
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Explore North America Gold Rush Ghost Town while gaining some experience
Expand your circle of friends
Discover the Great American outdoors on this memorable adventure
Where will I spend time in California?
About the location
Bodie is located North of the Mono Lake in California, which is an ancient saline lake located at the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada. The historic gold mining town of Bodie – one of the richest gold strikes in California – was once known as the most lawless, wild, and tough mining camp in the West. You are sure to be transported back in time to the 1800s as the remainder of the town has been preserved in a state of “arrested decay” and exists as it did when the last residents left with some remaining homes and business including the town saloons! The area of California State have a lot to offer, and you will get a taste of it all through your weekend activities.
Throughout your program, you will be accommodated in either a single tent accommodation provided during the week (for you to take home after your program!) or at a local lodge or hotel during the weekend.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 3 weeks
- Cost: £4100 / $4800 for 3 weeks
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: California, USA
- Working hours: 4-7 hours a day Mondays through Fridays morning
- Project availability: September 12 - October 12, 2021 (Application deadline June 11)
- Arrival day: Sunday September 12, 2021
What is included
- Accommodation: Single tent accommodation provided during the week (for you to take home after your program!) + Weekend accommodations at a local lodge or hotel.
- Meals: 3 meals per day for the duration of the program
- Airport: Scheduled pick up and drop off from Reno-Tahoe International Airport
- On the ground transportation: all transports between locations
- Pre-Program Preparation materials
- On the ground training: cultural and safety orientation, project induction and activity training
- Program activities: Outdoor activities in Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe. More details to come.
- Support: 24-hour local support and accompaniment by a team leader
- Laundry: stipend provided for laundry
- Welcome Package: Tent, Camp chair, water bottle, T-Shirt.
What is not included
- Flights to/from Reno-Tahoe International Airport
- Health Insurance
- Sleeping bags and ground mats
- Visas (for international participants if required)
- Routine or country-specific vaccination if applicable
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
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.
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