Volunteers for Peace VFP

Founded in 1982, VFP is a non-profit membership organization. We do not have any political or religious agenda. We are partner to a large network of similar organizations worldwide. Our goal is to work toward a more peaceful world through the promotion of International Voluntary Service (IVS) projects, historically known as International Workcamps, and the exchange of volunteers … (about 1/2).

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About 2/2: … Through our international alliances, we work together to help communities meet local needs and some of the goals of the United Nation’s Millennium Declaration.  

Our projects provide intercultural education through community service. We offer placement in over 3000 IVS projects in more than 100 countries each year, including over 40 in the USA. At each project, volunteers from diverse backgrounds, typically from four or more countries, work and live together like a family. The sharing of everyday life, both with the local community and among the international volunteers, is an integral part of the learning and serving experience. Most projects are open to volunteers with any type of background and do not require any specific professional or language skills.

There are many types of work available because projects arise from grassroots local community needs. Most projects are 2-3 weeks long. Accommodations vary widely, but usually volunteers share the same living space, doing all their own cleaning and food preparation on a rotating basis.

Our placement fees are very affordable. A $300 registration fee covers most projects except those taking place in developing countries. A VFP membership fee of $30 is also required for placement. The registration fee covers food, accommodations and work materials for the duration of the project. Volunteers arrange and pay for their own transportation to and from each project. We hope that you will join us!

Our services include providing consultation to past, present and future volunteers. We also serve as a placement service for project hosts and volunteers, linking people with projects. Our projects foster international education, voluntary service and friendship. Over the past 28 years we have exchanged over 28,000 volunteers in international projects world-wide.

VFP is a Vermont non-profit membership corporation with tax exempt status (501 (c) (3), as determined by the IRS. We are a member of the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) at UNESCO and works in cooperation with Service Civil International (SCI), the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations, and International Youth Action for Peace (YAP). The history of International Voluntary Service dates back more than 85 years. Our office staff, Board, Advisory Board and thousands of volunteers in the field help to facilitate these projects. Within the CCIVS network, over 100,000 volunteers are exchanged annually. In 2008, VFP exchanged over 1000 volunteers with our partners abroad.

VFP is located at 1800 feet in the Green Mountains of Vermont, in the village of Belmont within the Town of Mt. Holly.

The VFP Board has adopted a policy protecting the privacy of our volunteers & donors. We never loan or sell our membership list or provide contacts to anyone without prior approval. A conflict of interest statement has also been approved by the Board. In the interest of transparency, our most recent IRS 990 form is available for viewing as a PDF file to the general public.

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