Volunteers for Peace: Volunteer Abroad in Canada

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Volunteers For Peace is a non-profit organization, founded in 1982, that offers placement in over 3000 voluntary service projects in more than 100 countries. Each year we provide almost 1,000 volunteers with invaluable opportunities to strengthen their ability to communicate in diverse groups, explore grassroots leadership opportunities, and build cultural understanding and connections around the world.

VFP offers service projects that arise from a grassroots, community based need for adults, teens, seniors, families and groups. Volunteers can choose between Short-Term Projects (Also known as Workcamps) where volunteers from 4 or more countries come together for a 2-3 week service project, or Individual Service Adventures & Gap Year Projects (Also known as Medium Term or Permanent Projects) involve working with VFP to create a personalized 2-week to 1-year experience.

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Hi, great question! There is no right way to answer because everyone's experience is unique! We recommend reading program reviews to get a feel for the experience you may have abroad. There are some great reviews on this page: https://vfp.org/volunteer-voices/.


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Yes, I recommend this program

Sun and Surf in... Quebec

The volunteer group was fantastic, and the tiny village whose municipal buildings we were helping to renovate was full of welcoming hosts. The level of community engagement was quite high, because of the small population of the town, so we spent several days working closely with the mayor, and other community officials, on manual/construction-type projects. We were also able to engage the local childrens' summer camp in some games. Most of all, though, the group leader made every effort to facilitate visits to surrounding cultural, historic, and natural sites, as well as almost nightly trips to swim in the Saint-Laurent. I was thoroughly impressed by his patience and sustained optimistic attitude throughout the entire project.

What would you improve about this program?
Canada has strict Visa requirements, which means extra costs and paperwork. Also, some of Chantier Jeunesse's sites are quite rural and take 6+ hours to get to, by bus.
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