Voluntourism in Montana

Why do a volunteer trip at Erik’s?

There is work to be done and plenty of it. Think of our volunteer trips as an opportunity that mixes need with adventure. We need the work completed and you deserve a little fun after a day of helping us finish a project that helps our mission thrive. We have various essential projects to select from at our guest ranch located in idyllic Paradise Valley, MT, for 4-8 participants per project. As you and your group work alongside the young adults on the autism spectrum that call Erik’s Ranch & Retreats home, you are directly investing in their futures. Select from a variety of projects ranging from fence repair, to landscaping, to renovations, and feel good knowing that you are providing a lifetime of limitless possibilities for young adults with autism.

By virtue of participating on an Erik’s Ranch & Retreats volunteer trip, you and your colleagues will create a lasting impact. That impact will be felt long after you go back to your jobs and personal lives. What was once seen as a disability is just a different ability.

Your generous project donation covers lodging, meals, transportation from the airport, building materials, and recreation. That’s right! After your book your volunteer trip, all you need is the airfare. Accommodations are in the beautiful Lodge at Erik’s Ranch in Livingston, MT, with room for groups of four to eight–with four bedrooms (one king and three queens). If you love the mountains, enjoy teamwork, and don’t mind getting a little dirty, then this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! While participating in this project you and your group will get to help our mission AND have plenty of time to explore. Activities may include a day of sightseeing in Yellowstone National Park, horseback riding, or an invigorating hike. All of these tours are led by our young adults on the autism spectrum. Meals will be provided at the ranch. Transportation to and from Bozeman International Airport is also provided.

How much does a volunteer trip cost?

Rates are $2,400 for a group of 4-8.

Sample Itinerary: Trips are Tuesday-Saturday

Day One (Tuesday): Welcome. Ranch managers greet you at the airport and bring you to Erik’s Ranch. Settle in and have dinner. Learn about and prepare for your project.

Day Two (Wednesday): Rise and shine, build and help. Breakfast followed by work on chosen project, then lunch on site. Prep for rafting. Drive to Gardiner, raft and have dinner. A little more work, dinner at the ranch and a trip to Livingston for music at a good old fashioned saloon.

Day Three (Thursday): More of the good stuff. Breakfast, back to the project, then lunch. Get on horseback for a trail ride. More work on the project (time permitting). Have dinner at the Ranch.

Day Four (Friday): One final day. Breakfast then complete project. Have lunch, then top off your trip with a Chimney Rock Hike led by one of our members. Have dinner and pack for the trip home.

Day Five (Saturday): Thank you and goodbye, for now. One more breakfast with the team, then a ride to the airport.

*Please note, airfare is not included in the purchase of a volunteer trip package.