What is voluntourism? It’s a compound word, and, as you can probably guess, it’s an experience for people who want a role that’s part volunteer, part tourist. Voluntourism is a way of getting a vacation while investing in a place or a cause that you care about.
As a volunteer in the North Mountain Lookout, you’ll sit in an old wooden fire lookout on the top of a mountain. More than that, you’ll help to actively repair and preserve the place as well as acting as a docent for summer hikers who are climbing the mountain.
A bit about the history of lookouts -- before the days of aerial imaging (airplanes and satellite technology), fires were spotted by people who sat in mountaintop towers. Fires would then be reported to ranger stations by radio, heliograph, or telephone. There is some romance in this notion, definitely.
To learn more about forthcoming voluntourism opportunities on North Mountain and to express your interest, please email the Friends of the North Mountain.
Learn more about the hike to the top right here.