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  1. Default first roadtrip in america

    hey
    me and my friends are two tourists and we doing the coast to coast trip.
    we have some questions:

    1. we want to be in authentic and unusual experiences in usa but all that we find is places for tourists... for example we thought to be in a real village of native americans but all we find is tours in museons or something like thata... do you have some ideas for really unusual and authentic experience in the south west of america

    2. we thought to volunteer in farms and be farmers for a few days. but we found only organizations that we need to pay and we can't effored that. do you know a way that we can find something like that

    3. we want to meet a lot of new friends in our age (we are 23)... what activities we can do to meet new people

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    Quote Originally Posted by bergerbergerr
    for example we thought to be in a real village of native americans but all we find is tours in museums or something like that... do you have some ideas
    To help you get started, here are some places in New Mexico that you might want to look at.

    Taos Pueblo

    Acoma Pueblo

    The 19 Pueblos of Northern New Mexico

    Map to the 19 Pueblos

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    Hi, and Welcome to the Great American Roadtrip Forum.

    If you are travelling on the Visa Waiver Program, and do not have a work permit visa, then you will not be allowed to work on a farm. You are not even allowed to volunteer anywhere. All that needs a work permit and a visa. I know these things are possible elsewhere in the world, but not in the US of A.

    One of the places to meet other young people is to stay in hostels. There are many in the southwest, and all run discount tours. They will also be able to direct you to authentic experiences in their area.

    Lifey

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    There is a way, but it won't be cheap or easy.

    You will have to rent an RV. That ain't cheap.

    You will have to join HARVEST HOSTS for $44 per year.

    https://harvesthosts.com

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPI73EqlXjQ

    You will probably be limited to one night at any facility. Although the experience is free, you are expected to buy something or make a donation.

    As for farms, according to their website:

    Farm Types:
    fruit & vegetable farms, berry farms, cider mills, orchards, U-pick operations, organic farms, flower & herb gardens, lavender farms, farm markets, goat and cow dairies, creameries producing cheeses and ice creams and maple sugar farms.

    In addition to farms, you might be interested in:

    Wineries, Breweries & Agri-tourism sites:
    historic open-air museums, aviation museums, alpaca & buffalo ranches, wildlife rescue facilities, farm museums, oil museums, a brewery museum, a dinosaur museum and don’t forget the alligator ranch.

    Good luck!

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    Default I wouldn't be too sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by travelingman View Post
    There is a way, but it won't be cheap or easy.

    You will have to rent an RV. That ain't cheap.

    You will have to join HARVEST HOSTS for $44 per year.

    https://harvesthosts.com

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPI73EqlXjQ

    You will probably be limited to one night at any facility. Although the experience is free, you are expected to buy something or make a donation.

    As for farms, according to their website:

    Farm Types:
    fruit & vegetable farms, berry farms, cider mills, orchards, U-pick operations, organic farms, flower & herb gardens, lavender farms, farm markets, goat and cow dairies, creameries producing cheeses and ice creams and maple sugar farms.

    In addition to farms, you might be interested in:

    Wineries, Breweries & Agri-tourism sites:
    historic open-air museums, aviation museums, alpaca & buffalo ranches, wildlife rescue facilities, farm museums, oil museums, a brewery museum, a dinosaur museum and don’t forget the alligator ranch.

    Good luck!
    All very interesting, but I would check with your embassy first. Breaching your entry conditions could have you deported and / or banned from coming back. And yes, they will know. Even if they are not aware of it instantly, you could find that they will have a mark against your name should you ever apply to enter again.

    Best check and be sure. Even for all those mentioned above. Tourism, means tourism, not volunteering or work of any kind.

    Lifey

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