Volunteering can be a learning experience, rewarding and a great way to save money for the fulltime RV’er. Throughout the country and Canada there are public lands and campgrounds regularly looking for volunteers with RVs to help in exchange for a free campsite. There are a variety of opportunities available, many of which provide the volunteer with a unique and usually fun experience. The work is easy and the hours not too demanding. Some parks require little as 20 hours per couple a week, while National Parks often require 32 hours per person. In general expect 40+ hours per couple and a 3 month commitment.
Campground Hosting is the most common and available volunteer position. Host duties vary between parks. Most include campsite clean up, selling firewood, prompting campers to observe rules, and some mix of other maintenance or administrative duties. Some campground hosts positions can feel like a 24/7 job, since you are often the first person campers come to with an issue. It is very important to discuss and be clear about the duties with the volunteer coordinator prior to accepting the position. If something is not clear or sounds strange ask for clarification.
Interpretive Volunteering opportunities are available at historical sites, lighthouses, Fish and Wildlife and others. After a brief training, volunteers will conduct tours and provide information about the site. These usually include time at a visitor center and/or gift shop. RV accommodations are at either a nearby campground or somewhere on site. Unlike campground hosts, when you are back at your site you are 100% off duty. Interpretive Volunteering is a great way to do something tailored to your interests.
Life is always changing. Cling on to things as we may, inevitably change occurs. In Buddhism it is called Impermanence, and understanding it is a way to reduce suffering. Simply, we must accept that things change and be willing accept it. The more we try to hold on and capture relationships, glory, wealth, beauty etc., we find that when they are gone, change, or no longer ideal this creates pain and yearning. Instead, it is better to understand that things come and go, life is constantly in a state a flux, and it is better to savor each moment rather than trying to capture it. The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a place of constant visible change and demonstrates the temporary state of things.
The Outer Banks are a geological case study in impermanence. The forces of erosion do not take decades or years to observe. In the course of hours, on a windy day, sands can cover roads, dunes shift, and three feet of beach is swept away. During large storm events the islands will reshape dramatically. Land is constantly being taken away from one location and redistributed else where, as the islands steadily march south and westward.