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Volunteer Work Experience in Paradise
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One way to engage in purposeful travel is to do volunteer work in exchange for a place to stay. We selected a destination whose ideals were close to our own, an ecological resort. We picked the grandaddy of them all, Maho Camps on St John in the US Virgin Islands. Luckily, we were selected for the 30-day program that requires you to work four hours per day (120 for the month) in exchange for your lodging.


Climbing Maho Stairs

The work was demanding, if for no other reason than Maho has hundreds of steps to climb. But, when the work was done, we could collapse on the gorgeous beach.

Relaxing on Little Maho Beach


Maho Tent Cabin
Twin Beds at Maho

The accommodations were tent cabins perched among the vegetation and connected with boardwalks. Ours had twin beds (boo!) with an incredible view (yea!).

View at Maho


Maho Restaurant

Maho has an open-air pavilion restaurant surrounded by exotic flowers and boasts a fair view of its own.

Flamboyant Tree



Mr Frett's Shuttle


On one of our days off, we hopped a shuttle into Cruz Bay and pampered ourselves with fantastic West Indian food.

Ford Enjoys Drink
West Indian Food



About halfway through, we were given the chance to work at the newer part of the Maho dream, Concordia (on the other side of the island).

View from Concordia


Petroglyph and Reflection

During the transition between the two sites, we took a National Park Service hike to the petroglyphs.

Petroglyph Falls


Concordia from Ram's Head

Concordia has both eco-tents and studios perched on a hillside above Drunk Bay (with it’s funky sculptures from shells and trash) and Salt Pond Bay.

Drunk Bay Art


Ruins Near Concordia

The hike to Ram’s Head is world-class, taking you past a ruin, around the great snorkeling spot of Salt Pond Bay, to the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Snorkeling at Salt Pond Bay
Atlantic Ocean at Ram's Head



Our little studio was perfect and we also had a pool to hang around.

Concordia Pool


Of course we did work, but our lunch break was always special.

Mara & Ford Take a Lunch Break


Hurricane Jeanne

We picked the month of September. Guess what? That’s hurricane time! Sure enough, Hurricane Jeanne gave us a brush. The evening after was fantastic.

Sunset on the Night After Jeanne


We’ll never forget all of the critters whose island we shared.

Seashore Remains
Hermit Crab
Ghost Crab
Wild Burros

PS: Did we mention those wonderful rum drinks?

Mara Enjoys Rum Drink

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