Staff

Matt Messier - Executive Director Matt has been active with VFP since 1995 when he participated in his first workcamp in Italy. Other camps have taken him to Kenya and the West Bank. Over the years he has led several camps...

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Board of Directors

Board of Directors Peter Coldwell - Founder, Treasurer Peter holds a B.A. from The American University and graduate credits from Assumption College and Castleton State College. He speaks conversational German, Russian and dabbles in Spanish. Peter has traveled, lived and/or worked...

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Our Mission

Founded in 1982, VFP is a non-profit organization offering over 3000 voluntary service opportunities around the world. Volunteers For Peace (VFP) organizes, promotes and supports voluntary service opportunities in the USA and abroad as an effective means of intercultural education,...

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History of Volunteers For Peace

During the summer of 1968, Peter Coldwell, Founder of Volunteers For Peace, participated in international short-term voluntary service projects (workcamps) in Hungary and Czechoslovakia through a program sponsored by the Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) in Boston. The value of working on...

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What is International Voluntary Service?

The idea of International Voluntary Service came from a Swiss pacifist, Pierre Ceresole, following the First World War. Not able to sit idly he searched for the "moral equivalent for war," and the concept of international workcamps was born. He founded...

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