Since 1982, VFP has exchanged over 30,000 volunteers!
VFP offers over 3000 projects in more than 100 countries. Projects arise from local community and organizational needs. Most projects are organized by non-profits, non-governmental organizations, environmental and community groups. Types of project include:
- Workcamps - Volunteer with people from 4 or more countries for a 2-3 week service project, building cultural understanding and meeting a local need
- Individual Service Adventures - Create a personalized 2-week to 1-year international service project
- Group Projects - Custom-build an international service experience for your educational or community group
Credit: J. Stelter ~ Iceland 2011
For volunteers 18 years and older VFP’s registration fee is always $500, regardless of the length of your program. Our registration fee is $650 for teens. The registration fee covers food, accommodation and work materials for the duration of the project. Some projects, especially those in developing countries, have an additional fee payable on arrival to help offset the cost of the program. Volunteers arrange and pay for their own transportation to and from each project.
Types of Work
There are many types of work available as projects are built to meet a specific local need. Typical work might be renovating an old building into a community center, building a hiking trail, providing activities for orphans or refugees or working in a community garden. Most projects welcome all types of motivated volunteers and do not require specific experience or skills to participate. Volunteers work approximately 5 hours a day.
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. Accommodations vary widely, but usually volunteers share the same living space, doing all their own cleaning and food preparation on a rotating basis.
**Please note - we are only able to work with volunteers who are U.S. residents or American citizens living overseas. Please contact us at email@example.com if you are unsure about whether you can volunteer with us and we'll point you in the right direction.**
VFP serves as a placement service for project hosts and volunteers, linking people with projects around the world. Volunteers are placed on a first-come; first-served basis and the majority of volunteers register between March and June. Volunteers typically hear back about placements within 3-5 business days for short-term projects and between 1-2 weeks for longer-term projects. Once accepted to a project, volunteers receive more detailed project and travel information. Our projects foster international education, voluntary service and friendship. Over the past 30 years we have exchanged over 30,000 volunteers in international projects worldwide!
Credit: A. Bergen ~ Vietnam 2011