***Update: Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, The Arete Project is not currently reviewing volunteer applications for summer 2020. Confirmed volunteers should NOT book airfare at this time. The situation is changing rapidly, and may force us to delay or terminate volunteer positions. We will re-evaluate once local quarantine and air travel restrictions are lifted. Thank you for understanding.


In 2020, the Arete Project is taking a holiday from programming-as-usual, directing our time and energy instead towards the creation of our new campus! We’re thrilled to invite our community of alumni and supporters to Alaska for a summer-long work party to help us with this big lift. Want to swing a hammer or weed a garden? We’d love to welcome you to the tiny, remote town of Gustavus – the gateway community to Glacier Bay National Park – where we’ll be undertaking projects big and small on our 18-acre riverfront property. This is a chance for individuals of all ages (and skill levels!) to experience the heart of the Arete Project’s work: living and working in close connection with land and community. Possible projects include:

  • Creating and tending a large vegetable garden
  • Establishing a trail system
  • Installing tent cabin, a yurt, and greenhouses
  • Building an outdoor classroom, a woodshed, and a sauna
  • Tree removal and bucking up firewood
  • Daily meal prep for our group of volunteers!

If you’d like to help us with any of the above projects this summer, please fill out the following form: