Volunteer Projects in the USA

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Volunteers For Peace is a non-profit organization, founded in 1982, that offers placement in over 3,000 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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based on 18 reviews
  • Impact 8.5
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 8.9
  • Value 9.2
  • Safety 9
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It was awsome, best summer ever!

I had the chance to meet different people from all over the world (Italy, France, Turkey, South Korea, Mexico and Germany). We did a good job repairing things in the house where we were living and in a church and at the same time we we made good memories having fun in every activity. We also had free time to go to the local pool, on the weekends we visited downtown, went to museums and admire the beautiful city of Philadelphia. We learned very much from the other countries talking to each other and also every night we eat the traditional dinner of each country. I will always remember it and we keep in touch so I hope that even if we live far away I could see soon my friends.

It is also a great opportunity to visit New York and Boston, when the camp ended some of the volunteers and me just take a bus and spent a few days there. It was amazing, we had a great time being in New York, one of the biggest cities of the world. And then in Boston where we saw great universities such as Harvard.

Ron, the leader of the workcamp is the best.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Great time with great people!

First things first: I had an awesome time in the United States volunteering on two programs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Danby, Vermont. I'm very happy I took this opportunity and spent some time in the States, I would definitely recommend it to a friend of mine and, yes, I would go again. Immediately. The cotact to VFP always was pleasant, and I therefore felt safe even though being away a few thousand miles from home across the Atlantic Ocean. Do I feel like leaving some sort of impact? Well, at least partially I definitely do. Especially in the project in Vermont I felt like doing something important by maintaining the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail. But also in Philadelphia I feel like my work might have some kind of impact, maybe not directly but through comunication with community members as well as with other group members from different countries. I feel like not only I might have changed something, also the program might have changed me. I'm feeling more sure about myself and about what I can change but also about what I'm not able to change.

Well, what did I actually do? In Philadelphia work included renovations on the building we lived in as well as community services (helping community members with some work they can not do on their own). In Vermont I was one of two VFP volunteers on a trail crew of the Green Mountain Club. Our work included clearing trees to regain view points on the trail, building puncheons (wood constructions to allow hikers to cross marshy parts of the trail without getting wet feet), building turnpikes (something like big sandboxes filled with gravel for a similar purpose as the puncheons) and clearing waterbars to get the water off the trail.
What bout food? In Philadelphia we were responsible to buy the food we needed as a group with the money provided by VFP. In Vermont the Green Mountain Club took care of that (at least during the work week) and after a long day of hard work we prepared our diner together. Food was pretty good and varied every day.
The groups in both projects were very different: In Philadelphia the group consisted of mostly Europeans, in Vermont I was one out of only two (three) foreigners whilst most of the people came from all over the US. In both places I was heartily welcomed and spent a great time with great people who became friends to whom I still keep contact.

All in all I am very happy having participated in those projects and I can only recommend it to EVERYBODY!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Nashville 2011

It was a fantastic experience, everything was great.
Everybody was concern by our objective and it was greatfull. The best moment was the meeting with the helped people.

Yes, I recommend this program

About Volunteers For Peace (VFP)

Volunteers For Peace (VFP) is a U.S. based non-profit organization that operates within the global networks of the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS), Service Civil International (SCI) and the Alliance of European...