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Why Choose Volunteers for International Partnership?

The mix of language immersion, homestays, and host project placements with local co-workers and international volunteers, makes VIP distinct among international service programs.


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VIP partner organizations represent decades of national and international leadership in cultural exchange. VIP is offered by the participating members of Federation EIL, the worldwide network of The Experiment in International Living. Federation EIL is a member of WYSETC, The World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation.

UNESCO Germany Award

The German UNESCO commission recognized Volunteers for International Partnership as an official contributor to the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and the fostering of education for sustainable development.


VIP National Directors work with community organizations, in-country agencies, local officials and host families to select volunteer placement opportunities. They know which projects will have maximum positive impact, respecting the dignity and long-term needs of everyone involved.


Each international volunteer has the opportunity to learn a culture from the inside while doing valuable community service in a stimulating new environment. Equally important are the benefits the host community derives from welcoming a Partnership Volunteer and from the skills and experiences brought by the international volunteer.


VIP international service programs usually include a homestay with a local family as well as cultural orientation to prepare you for your stay. During your stay the language, customs, food and social life of your host family will be part of your daily life. This rich and rewarding part of the international service experience leads to lasting friendships and deep appreciation for the people and culture of your host country.


As a Partnership Volunteer you become part of a host organization project team. Many of your work partners will be local people. Because VIP draws its international volunteers from many countries, there may also be others, like yourself, who join the same project and bring their own unique cultural perspective.