Volunteers For Peace (VFP) is a US non-profit organization founded in 1982 and located in Burlington, Vermont. Through international voluntary service VFP promotes intercultural education, service learning, and community development. We support local communities by organizing and promoting about short and medium term service projects in the USA and Haiti. We have exchanged over 31,000 volunteers worldwide and offer over 3,000 projects in more than 90 countries around the world. Through these projects, nations join together to improve life on our planet. Our volunteers experience a microcosm of our world within the international group, and communities are able to create goals that improve life for their members.
We provide opportunities for volunteers to build cultural understanding and connections around the world while exploring
grassroots community development and leadership roles. Volunteers will be encouraged to learn, share and plan effective
ways to address local and global challenges together. Through these experiences, our volunteers gain valuable skills and
an enhanced global consciousness, which we believe will help them become citizen diplomats, global leaders, and
advocates for a more peaceful world! For more information visit our website at https://vfp.org/
VFP 2017 CAMP NOTES & CONDITIONS
INSURANCE: Volunteers must obtain health and accident insurance for the duration of your travel and stay in the US. This
insurance must cover you for all medical eventualities. You must bring your insurance card or receipts with you. If you
cannot prove that you have insurance on arrival, you will not be allowed to take part in our workcamps. Some travel related
insurance carriers are World Nomads, HTH Worldwide, and Global Rescue LLC CONFIRMATION: Volunteers must email VFP a confirmation of their participation before the camp begins. A Confirmation
form is provided along with the information sheet. Please include specific arrival details to the project on the confirmation
form along with a confirmation that you have received a visa (if applicable). Participation in a project may be cancelled if
we do not receive confirmation.
VISA INFORMATION: Regulations have changed and the US Department of State makes it very clear that an invitation
letter will not make a difference in whether you receive a visa or not. You must be sure you meet and understand the
requirements to get a visa before you apply to the project. Follow the link for more information on visa requirements from
your country. (http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/visit/visitor.html#overview)
Volunteers should be motivated to work at least 30 hours per week, or as indicated in project description.
INFORMATION SHEETS: These will contain more detailed information, including travel information and what to bring, and
will be available in March 2017. TECHNOLOGY FREE: There are positive benefits to spending a little time away from technology and we hope you will be
fully present to the volunteer experience. There will be designated times for volunteers to stay in touch with family and
friends. In some project locations there is little or no cell phone service available.
VFP MOTIVATION FORM: VFP Motivation form is required for all MTV’s and should be submitted with the VEF at the time
of application. VFP CHILD PROTECTION FORM: Volunteers working with children must complete a Child Protection form before they
can begin work. This form will be given to volunteers on the first day of the project.
INTERVIEWS: Phone or Skype interviews required for placements in most MTV projects. Volunteers must include a Skype
address on their VEF. Allow at least two weeks for these placements. PARTICIPATION FEES:
VFP-MTV04-17 extra fee to support local organization (Lowernine): $480 Minimum (Covers $160/week for the first three
weeks. The fee is the same whether you stay for 1 day or 3 weeks). After three weeks, the extra cost will be $50 for each
additional week up to 3 months. For example, a volunteer staying 6 weeks will pay $630 and one staying for three months
will pay $930. After 3 months, there is no additional cost. This fee is due in US Dollars upon arrival or online through
b. VFP-MTV08_GMC – An extra fee may be added - still confirming
c. VFP-STV07-17 Haiti extra fee of $450 is payable upon arrival to Haiti. This fee is used to support the projects there.
d. All other projects have no extra fee.
VFP VOLUNTEER EXPECTATIONS
VFP hosts, staff and co-leaders work hard to ensure a rewarding and unforgettable experience in the USA. Please read the
following expectations below.
Every volunteer is an important and valuable part of the group. You are expected to be an active member, contribute to the
work project, assist with cooking and cleaning, and participate in work and free-time activities. Please bring recipes, photos,
music, cultural information, group games and other information and activities to share with other volunteers and the
Work activities will take place for about 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. Some days and projects may have longer or shorter
work periods depending on the weather, leadership, motivation, availability of materials and other factors.
VFP and your local hosts will provide many fun and cultural free-time activities during the project. If volunteers decide to
travel to a different location as a group or plan their own free-time activities they will be responsible to cover the expenses.
The camp leaders will be able to share how much free-time activities will cost.
Co-leaders, workcamp hosts and work project leaders are there to help you plan activities, understand your tasks, teach
you how to use tools and many other things. If you have concerns or issues please raise them with a leader and work with
the leader to engage the group in finding a solution that works for everyone.
Volunteers are expected to live as a group. You are expected to stay for the entire duration of the project and are not
allowed to arrange your own activities and spend days or nights away from the project.
Smoking use is on the decline in the USA and in most of the communities where you are serving you will not see people
smoking. It is prohibited in many buildings and also public spaces. You must be 18 years old to purchase cigarettes in the
The drinking age in the USA is 21 years old. It is illegal to purchase alcohol for a person younger than 21. Excessive
drinking is a major social problem and is an obstacle to overcoming the social and economic problems that afflict the world
community today. Please check with the host regarding alcohol consumption where you are staying and if you choose to
drink please be responsible and only do so during free-time.