"Voluntourism" is on the agenda for the VI National Park.
The new program, beginning next year, will involve cruise ship visitors who will sign up for full-day and half-day trips to do good on St. John.
(This picture is not of a Voluntourism group. It's from my recent trip to Costa Rica. Helping in the Park will certainly be less intensive and more enjoyable.)
Park Superintendent Mark Hardgrove wrote about the new activities in the latest newsletter from the Friends of the VINP. "Visitors will sign up on board and … help preserve park resources, clean park beaches, maintain trails, remove vegetation, and stabilize cultural landscapes and historic structures." He expects there were be crews of 35 people, four days a week.
It won't be all work and no play. Shopping and lunch will be part of the itineraries and, Hardgrove added, "In most cases these voluntourism crews will be transported by local taxis, making a positive impact on the economy," he added.
Voluntourism is not new to the Virgin islands. A St. Thomas company, Island Meetings and Incentives has been organizing do-good groups for several years. You can read more about them at //bit.ly/beuVH1.
Friends of the VI Park, online at www.friendsvinp.org
2 thoughts on “Pitch in at St. John’s Virgin Islands National Park”
I have never been on a cruise but my Aunt and Uncle go sometimes two to three times a year. I hope this works out for the parks and it would be a great way to pay back and help but if most people on the ships are like my Aunt and Uncle they are not going on vacation to get their hands dirty or do any type of work. I would think more people staying on the island would be willing to do this because they are there longer and have more time. Keep us posted as to how the project is going.
I’ll be there in December for a visit. Tell me where do I sign my family up for this? My sister lives on STJ, we respect the island and it’s people. This is a great cause.
Glad to pitch in. Also does anyone know what’s going on with Maho?