Volunteers for Peace (VFP)
A clearinghouse for 2-3 week service-oriented workcamps around the world.
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Work involves construction & restoration of low income housing or community buildings; environmental projects such as trail building, park maintenance, organic farming; social services working with children, the elderly, physically or mentally handicapped, refugees, minority groups, drug/alcohol recovery, AIDS education and arts projects; historic preservation and archaeology. Work projects can be of any type because they arise from the needs of the local host community.
95% of workcamps occur June through September.
No foreign language proficiency required. English is generally the language of most workcamps.
Participants pay a $200-$400 fee for their room and board, and are expected to make their own travel arrangements.
Web Site: www.vfp.org
Volunteers For Peace
1034 Tiffany Road
Belmont, Vermont 05730
Registration / Application
Application forms are available for download on the
VFP web site.
History: Incorporated in 1982 in Vermont as a not-for-profit organization.
Current age range of advisors: 18 to 63 years
Current average advisor age: 23 years
Advisors sent on field projects: 2,000 in 2001.
Budget: $192,513 (fiscal 1999)
Volunteers for Peace currently has projects in 73 countries in 11 Regions (Africa: 8, Asia: 2, Australia-Oceania: 8, Central America: 7, Caribbean: 6, Eastern Europe: 16, Middle East: 2, North America: 2, South America: 4, Southeast Asia: 4, Western Europe: 14)
VFP promotes International Voluntary Service as an effective means of intercultural education and community service. We provide programs where people from diverse backgrounds can work together to help overcome the need, violence and environmental decay facing our planet. Workcamps are truly the microcosm of a world where nations join together giving priority to improving life for humanity. They are a practical way to both prevent and resolve conflict. By participating in a workcamp, you’ll help sow the seeds of peace. We hope that you will join us in this effort!