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Spend the Summer with Volunteers for Peace

(Note that this is most likely not a PEP-eligible summer experience.)

Volunteers for Peace (VFP) offers over 3,000 volunteer projects (sometimes known as “workcamps”) in more than 100 countries. VFP’s projects for spring/summer 2009 have just been announced today. Registration for most projects is $300, which includes room & board (but not transportation, of course)—less than staying in a youth hostel for the same amount of time! Projects typically last 2 to 3 weeks. Around two dozen U-M students participate in VFP programs each year. See a U-M student’s report on her VFP experience in France at: http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt/work/resources/workcamps.html.

Registration has just been opened for summer 2009 projects. VFP is kindly providing an advance preview for U-M students for a 3-week period starting today (March 13). If you register between March 13 and April 3, you’ll have the best chance of getting your first choice. After April 3 this site will be opened to the general public and places will go quickly. Applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants in these projects come from around the world.

VFP offers a limited number scholarships (in the amount of the registration fee)—the DEADLINE for applying for a scholarship is Monday, March 16—see: http://www.vfp.org/scholar.html

Below is the URL for the early-access list of projects, courtesy of VFP: http://www.vfp.org/2009.html

Bill Nolting and Kelly Nelson, U-M International Center, Education Abroad Office, tel. 734-647-2299, http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt

Posted by kkowatch at March 16, 2009 03:51 PM

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