Thanks for volunteering on a First Descents program! We couldn’t do it without you. Being a volunteer is a huge responsibility and incredibly rewarding. Be prepared to work hard, have long days, laugh, cry, and do a LOT of dishes. Before arriving on your program make sure to read through all of the information in this handbook to ensure you are showing up as the best possible volunteer you can be!
Volunteer Opportunities: Program offerings and support
Volunteer roles may differ, but the following expectations apply to every volunteer.
Note: For volunteers that fly to a program, First Descents will have rental vans to provide transport from the airport to the lodge and for the duration of the program. Individuals driving will arrive at the lodge and travel in FD rental vans for the duration of the program.
All staff, outfitters, and volunteers lead by example and are active risk managers on a program. In addition to volunteer specific responsibilities, all volunteers are expected to demonstrate and uphold safety and risk management practices throughout the week.
Inclusion and Emotional Safety:
First Descents is a fiercely inclusive community with an ongoing commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI). We know that cancer and other serious health conditions do not discriminate, and we’re dedicated to serving all categories of identity. Our programs use the healing power of adventure to build supportive networks and ignite the Out Living It spirit.
What to expect while on a program
Note: Medical and Photographer Volunteers are expected to support General Support Volunteers and Chefs with dishes and lodge cleanliness throughout the program when not directly working on their responsibilities.
What to Pack:
Questions about volunteering?