Why take a Volunteer Vacation?
On a recent day in February, WTA opened sign-ups for our 2006 Volunteer Vacations. We had a flood of phone calls and people flocked online to sign up for their favorite week-long trail work vacations. I wouldn't exactly call it a frenzy--but it was slightly reminiscent of fans lining up to buy tickets for a U2 show.
Among the first to call was Laurie Hill, of Federal Way. Laurie is one of our super volunteers--in 2004 she went on two WTA Volunteer Vacations. In 2005, she signed up for 8 different weeklong vacations. This year, she'll try to match last year's pace.
What draws her in to spend eight weeks in the woods with shovels and crosscut saws?
"To sum up," she says, "people, adventure, and laughter. And the food's not bad either."
Some of her favorite memories include working with volunteers from ages 22 to 80 ("how amazing is that?"), building rock walls, seeing Emerald Park ablaze with glacier lilies, and watching wild horses on Yakama tribal lands. "And...we laugh. Long, hard and silly."
Want to find out more? Check out WTA's Volunteer Vacations page. Spots are going fast, and four of the 24 trips are already full.
Or stop by the Seattle REI store this Saturday, March 4 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. You can chat with past volunteers (including Laurie) and discover how rewarding (and relaxing) a WTA Volunteer Vacation can be. REI is located at 222 Yale Ave. N. WTA will be set up near the fireplace on the first floor.