Our trip policy has changed. View Our Registration Policy & Process »
The trip calendar for the coming season opens for booking on August 1st of the current year.
We reserve the right to limit group sizes. We no longer can offer "blanket" bookings and respectfully ask that trips
be booked for an accurate number of volunteers at the time of booking. If there are questions or concerns, please contact the Volunteer Trip Coordinator.
In April of 2016 we received notification from the State of South Dakota that the rate of our sales tax liability would be increasing from 4.0% to 4.5%. Unfortunately, this requires a subsequent adjustment in our 2017 trip fees to compensate for the increase.
Consequently, our 2017 trip fees will be increasing from $546.00 per person to $549.00 per person. This breaks down to a deposit + 2 remaining payments of $183.00 each. We appreciate your understanding.
Pilámayaye (thank you).
Our volunteer experience is a unique combination of giving and learning. Throughout the season we reserve several trip weeks for our youth and senior groups, which include special activities and reduced physical workload.
Regular Volunteer Program
Due to the nature of our volunteer work projects and topics, the minimum age to participate in our Regular Program is 12. As a volunteer, you will actively engage in various projects across the reservation, while learning about the Lakota culture.
Our Kids' Week program is created for children ages 8-11, and led by our trained staff. Children learn about Lakota culture through arts and crafts, trips, music, and activities while older family members participate in our regular program. Cost is $227.50, which includes 4% tax.
For our 55-and-up volunteers we have created Senior Week. This volunteer program offers the complete cultural immersion found in our regular program, while working on less physically demanding work projects.
Pronounced: Wee-CHO-oo-cha-geh. Translated this means "the way of life". This is a class that is offered to those volunteers who have been through our regular program at least twice before. It is in-depth teaching about the culture and spirituality of the Lakota, taught by elders, and is offered as an alternative to our regular program at no additional cost.