Number of volunteers:10
Volunteers will be working on a variety of projects, including trail improvement work (shoveling, raking, using a wheelbarrow, etc.), some habitat management (removal of destructive plants) along with occasional general park maintenance. The group will also assist in preparing for and running a weekend park festival. Since volunteers will be working during the festival, we will take a couple days off in the middle of the week to give volunteers get some free time. Much of work will involve some level of hard physical labor. The group will be immersed in a small town in an international group that will work with park staff and other volunteers.
Montpelier Parks and Trees Department Our purpose is to maintain and improve Montpelier's park system to meet the park, trail, and open space needs of the present and future park visitors. Additionally, we work to assure the health of Montpelier’s street trees and remove those that become hazards. Website: http://www.montpelier-vt.org/department/81/Montpelier-Parks.html
Location: Montpelier is the capitol of Vermont with a population of 8,500, making it the smallest capitol in the U.S. Montpelier is located in the center of the state and is surrounded by mountains and rural farmland. The city has a variety of coffee shops and restaurants, two movie theaters and a few venues to enjoy live music. During free time volunteers will have access to local parks and recreation areas. The summer weather is usually good for visiting some wild and beautiful swimming areas. This workcamp is known for hard work and adventurous play since the park staff here enjoys hiking, canoeing, and other activities and is willing to lead the group in those types of activities. There will be time for interaction with the local community so please bring information about your country, hobbies, and life to share.
Accommodations will be at the local Trinity church with that will have facilities for cooking. Sleeping will be in two big rooms on rustic “cots.” Showers will be available at a different location. Be sure to bring your mattress pad and sleeping bag! Be sure to tell the other volunteers if you have any special diet needs.
You must send your arrival details to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange to meet you. Please include your arrival information in your confirmation form. Volunteers cannot be accommodated before the start of this project; no early arrivals. Please arrive to Montpelier, Vermont on the day the project starts. You should fly into New York City or Boston. From New York: You can take the Amtrak train or the Greyhound Bus to Montpelier. From Boston: You can take the Megabus (cheapest if you plan ahead) or Greyhound Bus to Montpelier. It is about a 4 hour trip. Please see helpful websites below for links to buses and trains.
Where:Allegany, New York
Number of volunteers:8
No experience is necessary as new volunteers are teamed up with experienced volunteers for hands on learning. Volunteer opportunities range from field excavations to laboratory processing of artifacts. This year we will be investigating the Bockmier pre-contact site, dated between 1200-1250 AD. This appears to be an ancestral Iroquois village but also contains components from other time periods. This is an archaeological field school where volunteers will learn site layout, excavation techniques, soil sampling, plan and profile mapping and processing artifacts (projectile points, pottery, tools etc.). The workday is from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The work is done in a friendly and supportive environment. Please understand that this is hard physical labor and includes digging with a trowel or shovel, screening soil and carrying buckets of dirt. Each person will work at their own pace according to their physical condition. The temperature can be quite hot or cool and rainy. BRING work gloves, work shoes and clothing, including a warm coat or sweatshirt, sun hat, rain coat, long sleeve shirts and pants as there will be mosquitoes. The work site can be dirty and muddy so multiple sets of work clothes are a good idea. Sunscreen and bug spray will be provided.
The Allegheny Valley Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for all people regardless of age and previous abilities to participate in archaeological discovery.
Location: The town of Allegany is located in a rural part of New York State. The area is a mixture of small towns, forests and farms. The dig site is in a field that is currently used as an organic vegetable farm in a beautiful setting beside the Allegheny River. Volunteers will attend the very special Seneca Nation Pow Wow, an amazing Native American festival where a wide range of activities will be held. This is an opportunity to take an in depth look at Native American culture. Ample time is provided for trips to local parks, a Native American museum and local points of interest. There will be many opportunities to enjoy beauty and nature and there will be formal and informal discussions about topics of interest to the group. Bring music, games or other activities to share.
American and international volunteers will stay in apartments, which are a short drive away from the dig site. Separate rooms will be available for female and male volunteers. BRING sleeping bag or your own bedding. All food and meals will be provided for volunteers. We will cook meals together or eat out at local restaurants. Vegetarian options will be available. Be sure to tell the other volunteers and the co-leader if you have any special diet needs.
Volunteers must obtain health and accident insurance for the duration of your travel and stay in the US. This insurance must cover you for all medical eventualities. You must bring your insurance card or receipts with you. If you cannot prove that you have insurance on arrival, you will not be allowed to take part in our workcamps. Some travel related insurance carriers are World Nomads, HTH Worldwide, and Global Rescue LLC
Number of volunteers:8
SITE INFORMATION Host Organization: The Youth Enrichment Center at Hilton-Winn Farm Address: 189 Ogunquit Road, Cape Neddick Maine 03902 Location: based in beautiful Southern Maine, at the York County’s Hilton-Winn Farm, a King’s Grant farm dating back to the 1600s, in the New England region of the United States. Cape Neddick is 40 minutes South of Portland, Maine’s largest City. The state of Maine, in the far northeast corner of the country is known for its beaches, rugged coastline, forests, and natural beauty. The Hilton-Winn farm is located 3.4 miles from the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and Beaches. About: The Hilton-Winn Farm is a non-profit organization, dedicated to positive youth development, nature based education, and a stewardship of the unique agricultural landscape of New England. The farm’s 48 acres of rolling fields and forests, along with the farmhouse and barn, form the unique Facilities to provide nature and farm- based education programs that serve thousands of children , teens, and families from New England. The mission of the Youth Enrichment Center at Hilton-Winn Farm is to provide a country farm experience to enrich the hearts, minds, and spirits of our Youth. Website: www.hilton-winnfarm.org
WORK Your work will include maintenance of 4 miles of hiking trails, helping in the vegetable gardens, installing fencing for animals, light painting, assisting with the youth programs interacting with the children ages 4-12, and other farm projects. This entails getting dirty and working hard as a team. The work is very rewarding. Study Themes: Learning about Maine's food, culture, and habitats and discuss view points from Maine as well as each person's view point and personal cultural experiences.
ARRIVAL INFORMATION You must send your arrival details to email@example.com so we can arrange to meet you. Please include your arrival information in your confirmation form. Volunteers cannot be accommodated before the start of this project: no early arrivals. Please arrive to the meeting point on the day the project starts. Volunteers should fly into Boston or New York City and take a train to Wells Maine. Some volunteers will spend the night in Boston before traveling to The Hilton-Winn Farm. From Boston, Massachusetts: THE BEST WAY TO GET TO THE HILTON-WINN FARM IS TO TAKE THE AMTRAK DOWNEASTER TRAIN FROM BOSTON’S NORTH STATION INTO WELLS, MAINE. WE WILL PICK YOU UP AT THE TRAIN STATION. See website: amtrakdowneaster.com This will require public transportation from South Station to North Station. We encourage you to take the public train to North Station.
ACCOMMODATION Volunteers will stay in a comfortable farmhouse with beds, well equipped kitchen and dining room. Volunteers will share their bedrooms with other members of the Volunteers for Peace Group. Volunteers will cook meals as a group. Bring some recipes from home to share and please let us know if you have any special dietary needs. We will also be eating some lunches outside with the children. LEISURE ACTIVITIES Cape Neddick/ York Maine is a popular tourist destination in the summer. There are beautiful beaches, hiking trails, historical museums, outdoor theatres and seaside activities. There are many opportunities to enjoy beauty and nature. We will be hosting a community Barbecue with food, games, music, and fellowship. You will be participating in informal discussions and activities about topics of interest to the group. Bring music and games to share! VFP VOLUNTEER EXPECTATIONS VFP hosts, staff and co-leaders work hard to ensure a rewarding and unforgettable experience in the USA. Please read the following expectations below. Every volunteer is an important and valuable part of the group. You are expected to be an active member, contribute to the work project, assist with cooking and cleaning, and participate in work and free-time activities. Please come prepared with recipes, photos, music, cultural information, group games and other information and activities to share with other volunteers and the community! Work activities will take place for about 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. Some days and projects may have longer or shorter work periods depending on the weather, leadership, motivation, availability of materials and other factors. Be flexible! Your local hosts will provide many fun and cultural free-time activities during the project. If volunteers decide to travel to a different location as a group or plan their own free-time activities they will be responsible to cover the expenses. The camp leaders will be able to share how much free-time activities will cost. Co-leaders, workcamp hosts and work project leaders are there to help you plan activities, understand your tasks, teach you how to use tools and many other things. They are not there to solve all your problems! If you have concerns or issues please raise them with a leader and work with the leader to engage the group in finding a solution that works for everyone! Volunteers are expected to live as a group. You are expected to stay for the entire duration of the project and are not allowed to arrange your own activities and spend days or nights away from the project. Smoking use is on the decline in the USA and in most of the communities where you are serving you will not see people smoking. It is prohibited in many buildings and also public spaces. No smoking is allowed at any of the work sites or on the property of the the Hilton-Winn Farm You must be 18 years old to purchase cigarettes in the USA. The drinking age in the USA is 21 years old! It is illegal to purchase alcohol for a person younger than 21. Excessive drinking is a major social problem and is an obstacle to overcoming the social and economic problems that afflict the world community today. Drinking of any alcoholic beverage is prohibited at the Hilton-Winn Farm. Any illegal drug use is strictly forbidden. ABOUT VOLUNTEERS FOR PEACE Volunteers For Peace (VFP) is a US non-profit organization founded in 1982 and located in Burlington, Vermont. Through international voluntary service VFP promotes intercultural education, service learning, and community development. Each year we support local communities by organizing and promoting about 20 short, medium and long-term service projects in the USA and many projects in Haiti and Nicaragua. We have exchanged over 31,000 volunteers worldwide and offer over 3,000 projects in more than 100 countries around the world. Through these projects, nations join together to improve life on our planet. Our volunteers experience a microcosm of our world within the international group of volunteers, and communities are able to create goals that improve life for their members. We provide opportunities for volunteers to build cultural understanding and connections around the world while exploring grassroots community development and leadership roles. Volunteers will be encouraged to learn, share and plan effective ways to address local and global challenges together. Through these experiences, our volunteers gain valuable skills and an enhanced global consciousness, which we believe will help them become citizen diplomats, global leaders, and advocates for a more peaceful world! For more information visit our website at www.vfp.org. HELPFUL WEBSITES Visa Information: For the most up-to-date and accurate information volunteers should check with the US Embassy in their country of residence for specific documentation requirements. To location the embassy visit: http://www.usembassy.gov/ Virtual Tourist: www.virtualtourist.com - An informative site with information about locations worldwide, written by independent travelers. A good source of information about places to visit, places to avoid, and what to expect of the local culture. Megabus: megabus.com- provides bus service in the United States and Canada. Tickets can be purchased online, and are cheaper is purchased a couple weeks in advance. Greyhound Bus: www.greyhound.com - provides bus services throughout the United States and Canada. Discounts are available for students, and tickets are cheaper if purchased at least 7 days in advance. Tickets can be booked online. Amtrak Train: www.amtrak.com - train services within the US and Canada. Students can save 15% on tickets if they have an International Student Identity Card (ISIC). Reservations can be made online. Local Weather: For local weather conditions check out http://www.weather.com. For area-specific information, type the ZIP code, which can be found in the contact information section under the site address, in the search key. Hosteling International - American Youth Hostels: www.hiayh.org - The largest network of hostels in the United States. Guests must become a member for a fee of $28 USD.
Number of volunteers:9
You will live in a beautiful rural area of woods and lakes. Work will consist of rotating through camps with children and several non-profit organizations where you will be helping with facility maintenance, like painting a studio for the local Arts Center, plus meeting with community organizations like Rotary International (bring a flag to swap if you know a Rotarian in your country). Your flexibility will be much appreciated and you will meet many different elements of our community. Volunteers must speak English. Must enjoy working with children and youth and be able to maintain appropriate adult-student boundaries.
The NEWPORT Workcamp Collaborative hosts this project jointly with several community nonprofit organizations including the Newport Opera House Association (Fiscal Sponsor), the Newport School District (Housing), the Newport Recreation Department, Newport Historical Society, Richards Free Library and Library Arts Center.
Address: PO Box 351 20 Main St Newport, NH 03733 Location: The organizers are experienced workcamp hosts in rural western New Hampshire, town population 6000. Leisure: There will be several opportunities to experience the beauty of New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains plus one all-day field trip with the students. In addition Volunteers will meet with the local, Rotary Club and other elements of the Newport community. Newport is a small community without clubs or a nightlife so plan to spend evenings with your international group and various community hosts.
Volunteers will stay in the local high school. Beds and linens provided. Because the accommodations are at a school there can be no tobacco or alcohol on site, even if you are of legal age
Number of volunteers:8
The work is hard, heavy physical labor, including, building wooden bridges, moving large stones with hand tools, and digging ditches with shovels. You will get muddy, we work in the rain! We will work full days, about 7 hours of labor. We will work a few days then take a day off for fun, and then work a few days and take another day off. Why are we working so hard? We are building a network of bicycle/pedestrian paths that will eventually go 90 miles across the entire state of Vermont. The path will connect small towns, their schools, and the wild natural areas in between with a safe, healthy alternative to driving in cars. These small towns are not wealthy, and cannot afford to build this path themselves (like larger cities can afford to.) So we are building it with volunteers. Many local people are already helping out on their weekends, and we look forward to meeting and working with you as well!
Host Organization: Cross Vermont Trail Association Address: 29 Main Street, Suite 4; Montpelier, VT 05602. Location: The work camp is located in public forest, in northeastern Vermont (east of Montpelier). About: Our mission is to assist municipalities, recreation groups, and landowners in the creation and management of a four-season, multi-use trail across the state of Vermont for public recreation, alternative transportation, and awareness of our natural and cultural heritage. Website: http://crossvermont.org/get_involved/volvacation-advert.php
During recreation time we will decide as a group what folks would enjoy doing. Options include exploring State Forest - riding bikes, hiking up mountains, swimming in lakes; and also driving to attractions in nearby towns like Montpelier, capitol of Vermont. Bring music, games or other activities to share.
Volunteers will camp in tents. Tents are provided. During the work week there is no electricity, no running water, no flushing toilets. We will get a chance to take showers just three times during the camp. No alcohol is allowed at the housing. 11 PM curfew. Food is provided, cooking is communal. We are happy to accommodate dietary needs or preferences, like vegetarian.
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