Welcome to Volunteer Action for Peace!

Volunteer Action for Peace (VAP) is a UK based charity organisation which works towards creating and preserving international peace, justice and human solidarity for people and their communities. Through a range of working projects both in the United Kingdom and around the world, VAP provides volunteers with opportunities to work together with people from around the globe and in partnership with local groups to enhance and empower communities.

Volunteer Action for Peace (VAP) is a UK based charity organisation which works towards creating and preserving international peace, justice and human solidarity for people and their communities. Through a range of working projects both in the United Kingdom and around the world, VAP provides volunteers with opportunities to work together with people from around the globe and in partnership with local groups to enhance and empower communities.

VAP currently operates through a network of partner organisations in more than 80 countries worldwide, meaning that you can combine taking part in a rewarding voluntary project and an exciting cultural exchange with your travel experience of a lifetime!

You can select a project from our range of short term Workcamp opportunities (2-4 weeks), Medium Term Volunteering (2-6 months) and Long Term Volunteering (6+ months) or as an EVS volunteer on a fully funded scheme.

So, if you’re looking for a life-changing experience; are interested in volunteering; are taking a gap year or would like to learn new skills then look no further!

Photo : Helen Bull / KVDA Kenya


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Climate Justice and Raising Peace

Our database offers projects in many countries but this isn’t everything!
VAP is part of a worldwide network. Through our membership of the Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) and our links with the Alliance we can find volunteer opportunities for you all over the world, sometimes tailor-made for what interests you most. So, if at a first glance we have nothing that grabs you, contact us with your ideas and we can try to find what suits you best.

As members of a global International Voluntary Service movement VAP wholeheartedly supports CCIVS campaigns, in particular Raising Peace, concerned with human rights, and Climate Justice about maintaining a sustainable environment. VAP participates with themed workcamps, talks and special events in the UK. There are also occasional opportunities to join training or a conference outside the UK some of which carry funding support.

Please explore further at www.ccivs.org/raisingpeace and at www.ccivs.org/ivsforclimatejustice

posted on: 16 May 2019

Volunteer in Germany’s Historic Heritage

Projects where volunteers like you can be involved.

VAP can find two-week volunteering projects run by our partner association Open Houses in Germany. Each project includes a working day of up to 6 hours and a study aspect, learning about medieval woodworking and building skills, methods of conservation and history.

Examples include:

  • Erxleben Castle and Moat, Magdeburg – traditional woodwork techniques (Saxony-Anhalt).
  • Düppel village museum near Potsdam – medieval building demonstration (Berlin region).
  • Jewish cemeteries – conservation of gravestones up to 300 years old (Saxony-Anhalt).
  • Annaberg-Frohnau ancient silver mines – reconstruction of water works (Saxony).
  • Weimar, Goethe’s city – conservation of parks and gardens (Thuringia).
  • The Grand Hotel, Waldlust – restoring a splendid 19th century structure (Black Forest).
  • All these projects are in July-August 2019. Check our data base for details.

posted on: 7 May 2019

VAP open evening: non-commercial international volunteering!

This is a chance to find out how you can take part in international volunteer projects responsibly, without paying vast sums of money to profit-making

Come and find out more about non-commerical international volunteering projects with VAP!

This is a chance to find out how you can take part in international volunteer projects responsibly, without paying vast sums of money to profit-making "voluntourism" companies. VAP is a charity that is part of a network of NGOs all over the world, originally set up to run reconciliation projects after WWI. We now run projects in the UK for volunteers from abroad to take part in, and train and support UK-based volunteers to take part in projects in other countries. From conservation work in Japan and refugee support in Belgium to education in Palestine and European Solidatity Corps at Othona Bradwell in Essex, the aim is always to increase intercultural understanding, build friendships, contribute to local projects, and above all learn from each other.

Come along on the 25th to hear from past and current volunteers and find out how to take part - everyone welcome!

Where: The Canvas Cafe E1, 42 Hanbury St, London, E1 5JL

When: Friday 25 January 2019, 6 - 8 pm

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posted on: 18 January 2019

World Heritage Volunteering 2018

World Heritage Volunteering at UNESCO World Heritage sites

We in VAP have long had a special relationship with UNESCO through the Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service. UNESCO’s most visible action is the listing and preservation of the world’s heritage – and “World Heritage Volunteers” are playing a big role in helping. The list grows longer every year and includes famous buildings from the Tower of London to the Taj Mahal as well as important environmental sites such as the Victoria Falls and Lake Baikal. You can work on any of these projects through VAP.

If you select the option "Heritage protection" (HERI) on the Type of Work dropdown menu of our database, you will find many of these projects. If there’s a project you don’t find send us an email.

Here are some examples of projects where you can volunteer:

Uganda:
The Tombs of the Kings of Buganda (9-30 September);
Rwenzori Mountains (5-26 August);
Bwindi Mountain Gorillas (8-29 July).

Indonesia:
Borobudur Temple (27 August - 9 Sept. or Ongoing project all year);
Prambanan Temple (15-30 August).

Togo:
Koutammakou Villages in the North (14-31 July).

Russia:
St Petersburg and Country Estates (18-29 July);
Solovetsky Islands (19 July-3 August).

Bolivia:
Historic City of Sucre (18-30 August)

Kenya:
Sacred Forests on the Coast (9-30 July);
Maasai Mara Conservation, culture and wildlife (5-26 July).

China:
Mount Sanqingshan (6-22 July);
Temple and Cemetery of Confucius (20 July-5 August);
Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System (6 July-5 August)

India:
Hampi, Karnataka (13-26 June);
Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu (11-24 July).

Nepal:
Kathmandu Valley (17-29 September);
Vajrayogini and early settlement of Sankhu (5-17 November).

South Korea:
Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes (14-27 July);
Namhansanseong, Forgotten Fortress (5-14 August).

Vietnam:
Ancient Town of Hoi. Stay in Triem Tay eco-village (11-22 July).

Armenia:
Cathedral and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots (14-26 July).

Belgium:
Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (15 August-2 Sept.)

posted on: 26 April 2016

member of:
Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the Volunteer International Network Exchange UK
with the support of:
Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the European «Youth in Action» Programme

Quote of the day

« If anyone is interested in doing some real volunteering and not paying stupid amounts of money to do it just visit VAP's website or drop them an e-mail. »

Miriam D. from Brighton

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