Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: You don’t have to be the Lorax to speak for trees. If you want to be part of the movement to fight deforestation, all you have to do is connect with a local, national or international organization.

Amava Take: As you probably know, trees are vital to human life. They support our needs for clean air, fresh water and are part of healthy ecosystems for other plants and animals. Trees are being planted all over the globe to help reverse the effects of pollution and climate change. It’s an elemental way to make a difference.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?

If you love gardening and don’t mind a little dirt, this could be the gig for you. Many organizations need people with other skills such as fundraising, photography and graphic design.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

If you’re part of a team and you have experience, be a leader. If you have less experience, listen and learn.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Typically, volunteers get involved in planting events, but it can be more regular too depending on the organization.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?

Being part of something that is bigger than me and has the potential to have lasting positive effects.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Thinking about how many trees have been harvested without being replaced is pretty upsetting.

What surprised you the most about the experience?

I was so happy to see volunteers of all generations.

Special Requirements:  There aren’t many requirements. Some organizations will want volunteers to be over 18, but a willingness to help and work hard are the main things.

Related Classes: Start Your Own Edible Garden, Growing Plants for Fun and Profit

Finding a Position: Some organizations offer specific days for volunteer planting, others allow participants to apply to bring trees to their area and others invite volunteers to design their own “green” event. Larger organizations allow you to search for event locations