Looking for a way to live and work in a different part of the world… and maybe even get paid for it? Would you be willing to volunteer your services to help preserve the wilderness? Or maybe pursue your art in a castle or a sailing ship in the Arctic?
Whether you’re looking for a novel way to help the environment, create art or poetry, or if you’re simply an adventurous soul looking for a new and exciting experience, you might find something here that calls to you. If you’re up for the adventure of a lifetime, check out these interesting opportunities!
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Help build a national park in Chile?
Conservacion Patagonia needs volunteers to help build Patagonia National Park from 650,000 acres of protected land in the wilderness of Chile, surrounded by wet jungles and arid grasslands. Volunteers can apply for three-week assignments helping to restore the ecosystem or working in the organic garden that feeds workers and visitors. The program costs $600, and travel expenses are the responsibility of the volunteer.
Blaze a trail as a writer/urban pioneer in Detroit?
If you’re a low-to-medium income writer who is willing to not only live in Detroit, but actively contribute to its literary community, Write A House wants to give you a house. The homes are refurbished and awarded to chosen applicants, who must be US citizens.
Be a lighthouse keeper in Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands?
Lighthouse keepers spend several weeks at a time either living in their lighthouse or roughing it nearby, giving tours and assisting guests.
Volunteer on the Appalachian Trail?
All along the 2,180 or so miles of this famous hiking trail, volunteers do everything from building bridges to removing invasive species. You can even join a trail crew for a week (or longer), going deeper into the trail to carry out more involved projects.
Pursue art or science aboard a tall ship near the North Pole?
Arctic Circle Residency is part art, part expedition. Artists, scientists, and other innovators explore remote and fascinating destinations aboard a traditionally rigged Tall Ship in the international territory of Svalbard, just 10 degrees from the North Pole.
Work as a caretaker in an Alaska state park?
In exchange for free accommodations in a cabin, caretakers perform a range of duties from helping out park guests to cleaning restrooms or shoveling snow. A minimum of an eight week commitment is typical, and often a commitment of several months is required.
Protect aquatic life?
The Turtle Island Restoration Project works to save not only turtles, but sharks, fish, and other sea creatures. In Texas, for example, volunteers are needed to patrol turtle nesting grounds and work at the Turtle Action Center, while in California, volunteers help grow native plants for restoring salmon habitats.
Create art in a 13th century Polish castle?
Art professionals of all kinds (from makers to curators) can apply for a one-month residency at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Poland, sponsored by a museum in medieval Ujazdowski Castle.
Be inspired by the ghost of Jack Kerouac?
The Kerouac Project in Orlando, Florida, grants four writers’ residencies a year at the 1926 cottage where the author once lived and worked. Writers in the program live in the cottage and are provided with utilities, food and a small stipend.
“Adventure is out there!” – Ellie, Up (Pixar, 2009)