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Volunteers For Peace, Inc.

Volunteers For Peace (VFP) organizes, promotes and supports volunteer opportunities in the USA and abroad as an effective means of intercultural education, service learning, and community development. Projects promote environmental sustainability, social justice, and peace. Projects allow volunteers to develop leadership skills and create global connections. We advocate for civic engagement and encourage volunteers to apply their new skills as citizen diplomats, community activists and leaders.

Arts, Children, Technology, Disaster Relief, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, Human Rights, Poverty, Conflict Resolution, Gender & Equality, Microfinance, Animals, Food & Agriculture

All 81 countries:
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Date Founded: 1982
Number of Staff: 2

Description of Services:
VFP offers short-term projects and individual service adventures for adults, teens, seniors, families and groups. All projects arise from a grassroots, community based need. Work ranges from environmental to teaching English, building schools to preserving historical sites, assisting with festivals to agriculture, and so much more.

-Short-Term Projects where volunteers from 4 or more countries come together for 2-3 weeks.
-Individual Service Adventures & Gap Year Projects involve working with VFP to create a personalized 2-week to 1-year service and learning adventure.

VFP's fee is $500 ($800 if you are under 18) and must be paid at the time of registration.
Your registration covers placement, food, accommodation and work materials.
History:
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.

Our original sponsors/funders included "seed money" from the U.S. Information Agency, The Peace Development Fund and the Field Foundation.
Accomplishments & Progress:
Since 1982, we have exchanged over 30,000 volunteers worldwide. Over the years, VFP has become an increasingly important way for people to participate in service learning and citizen diplomacy.

1 Group Affiliation
Group Verification Status
UN (United Nations) Verified
Financial Information   Verified
Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Revenue: $181,085 $247,128 $179,459
Expenses:      
        Program Services Expenses: $149,130
(67% of total)
$246,371
(87% of total)
$199,645
(87% of total)
        Management & General Expenses: $68,455
(31% of total)
$33,651
(12% of total)
$26,038
(11% of total)
        Fundraising Expenses: $5,594
(3% of total)
$1,791
(1% of total)
$3,247
(1% of total)
        Total Expenses: $223,179 $281,813 $228,930

Additional Background Information: If you are not an America or a U.S. resident you must apply to our projects through our partner organization in your home country. Partner Organizations have their own registration process and fees, but usually offer the same projects as VFP! Please contact us if you have questions! Local Partners: Our domestic workcamps have been in partnership with the US Forest Service, National Park Service, various affiliates of Americorps, Habitat for Humanity, numerous non-profits and environmental and community action groups. Additional Affiliations: Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service ( CCIVS) at VFP is an Executive Committee member of the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) at UNESCO and works in cooperation with Service Civil International (SCI), and the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations.

President:
Megan Brook
President Phone: 802-540-3060
Development Director:
Megan Brook
President
Phone: 802-540-3060
Volunteer Coordinator:
Alexandra Smith
International Placement Coordinator
Phone: 802-540-3060
Board of Directors and Board of Advisors:
Scott Simpson: President and Chairperson of the Board
Peter Coldwell: Founder of VFP and Treasurer
Matt Messier: Secretary
Megan Brook: Executive Director
Paula Cantor
Judy Cohen
Charles Rudd Mackenzie
Tom Sherman
Matthias Weiter
Jamena Grant
Gretchen Craig

Address:
7 Kilburn ST Suite 316
Burlington , VT 05401
United States
Phone: 802-540-3060
Fax:
Web: http://www.vfp.org

E. Johnson, Haiti 2012
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J. Rangeley, India 2010
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J. Beeton, Iceland 2009
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N. Moon, Indonesia 2010
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C. Bock, Mexico 2005
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M.Conte, Botswana 2013
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