Get Excited for Ecuador!
We are thrilled to announce a new project in a new location for 2015: Saving Ecuador’s Vernacular Village Architecture. Travel with AiP on the first of a series of adventures in the mountainous region of central Ecuador. You’ll be on site, beginning conservation work at the Antiguo Convento de la parroquia de San Andrés de Guano, a convent which dates back to the 17th century. You’ll learn about masonry conservation, what makes the vernacular so spectacular, and why it’s important to preserve both the buildings and the techniques used in making them.
The ultimate goal of the project is a perfect implementation of AiP’s vision: a community where people use, understand, and appreciate historic buildings that are vital to economic and environmental sustainability as well as preserve cultural identity. Learn more about this exciting project!
New Education Portal Extends Your Adventure
AiP adventures have always provided you a great educational experience, with hands-on training and excursions designed to highlight the essence of each country’s culture. We have now created an Education Portal for those who are interested in taking their educational experience to the next level. For each project, we provide a list of suggested readings, videos and images that, along with your hands-on training, will enhance your resume and may even allow you to earn academic credits.
Start your learning experience with our Preservation Basics; or go directly to our Albania, Virginia or Shreveport Education Portals to begin your adventure in preservation!
Shreveport Shotguns Saved
AiP now has plans underway for a project in Shreveport, Louisiana. Six historic shotgun houses set for demolition have been saved by the Norla Preservation Project and will instead become part of downtown revitalization efforts. Norla’s mission is to re-purpose historic buildings and prove that demolition isn’t the only choice for downtown improvement.
Preservation begins with you. Join AiP and Norla in this effort!
What is a 'Jammer' Anyway?
We needed a special term for the people who travel with AiP to explore and help restore the world's cultural heritage, because they are so much more than volunteers or participants. To make a long story short, "jammers" comes from an early misunderstanding that Adventures in Preservation worked with jam and jelly, as in strawberry and other fruit preserves. An interesting possibility, but not so. It represents the way a group of musicians, or other groups, come together to jam and create something new and wonderful.
Meeting fellow jammers is one of the great reasons to take an adventure in preservation. Find one that's perfect for you and get ready to jam.
Fundraise for Your Trip
Crowdfunding is a great way to underwrite your adventure in preservation. Money raised via platforms such as Volunteer Forever can be used for your project fee, your travel expenses, even a donation to to AiP to support the project you'll be working on. You can find more fundraising tips here on our website.