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VFP-MTV02- 18 ESTADOS UNIDOS ESTADOS UNIDOS Community Reentry, Social Justice Work, Winooski, Vermont 01/03/2018 31/12/2018

Dismas Winooski Winooski, Vermont


Host Organization: East Allen Dismas House
Location: Winooski, Vermont. Winooski borders
Burlington and has a population of ~8,000. There are colleges and universities nearby, the lake and mountains and much to do. Volunteers For Peace is located in Burlington and we welcome the volunteers in our office as well. Dismas has a house in Burlington
and Rutland Vermont as well.
About: The Dismas House provides housing and opportunities to men and women getting out of prison so that they can successfully transition back into the community.

Website: http://www.dismasofvermont.org/


Volunteers will assist in a variety of tasks
including but not limited to: administrative
support in the office, helping with fundraising activities, supporting the residential community by helping with planning and participating in house activities and Residential Advisor duties
(See below). The type of work and number
of hours varies but is usually 4 – 6 hours a
day. Volunteers live on site and participate
in all house activities including evening
meals and all outside activities.

Resident Advisor position requires a confident individual who will be on duty evenings and every other weekend. There primary function will be to contact staff if there is an emergency, lock doors at night, assist residents when needed and participate in house functions.
Office Assistant will be working with staff on all of the day to day operations of a small non-profit organization. Tasks include: clerical work; student recruiting activities; fund raising activities; general administrative duties; as well as participating in all of the residential group activities. The average work day might consist of approximately 4-6 hours of office work.


Dismas House operates a “dry house” policy. This means that no recreational drugs or alcohol is tolerated in the house or premises.
Volunteers will live together with former prisoners in a lovely Victorian House located in Winooski, Vermont. Volunteers may have to share a room. All meals, shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms, hot showers, linens & towels are provided. Some group activities and sightseeing is included.


We are sometimes able to take Volunteers to Montreal or Boston and will give volunteers ample time off to travel on their own. Previous volunteers have been to Montreal, Boston, New York, to rodeos and climbed mountains as well as toured Vermont’s famous Ben & Jerry’s!


 Passport and a copy of your passport
 Required insurance: Volunteers must obtain health and accident insurance for the duration of your travel and stay in the United States. This insurance must cover you for all medical eventualities. You must bring all necessary documents, contact numbers, etc 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."
 Visa (if required)- be sure to make 2 copies: leave one at home and keep one with you in a safe place
 Student ID for possible discounts at museums or when traveling
 Any necessary prescribed medication and a copy of your prescription, and your doctors contact information (make sure to bring sufficient amounts of medication for the time you will be away)
 Sleeping bag and mat
 Money/ Credit or Debit Card- Be sure to call your bank at home to tell them where and when you are traveling.
 Work pants, t-shirts, gloves, work boots/shoes, hat, sunglasses
 Everyday Clothes & toiletries
 Rain jacket
 Sneakers

 Warm sweater/jacket
 Bathing suit

 Cell Phone- international calling cards can be bought in USA
 Camera
 Recipes! – You will be cooking so bring your favorite, easy recipes.
 Photos of home, family, and friends
 Games and Music
 Sunscreen & bug repellant
 Day pack
 Flashlight
 First Aid
 Spending money- Keep in mind that each person will spend different amounts, it is up to you to decide how much money you are willing to spend and where it is spent. Each city has different prices, so depending on the location of your project the costs might be more or less expensive. Here is an estimate of prices:

Meal at a Restaurant: $10-$25
Slice of Pizza: $2-$5
Soda: $1.50
Museum Entrance: $7-$20


Volunteers are reminded that Dismas House is a shared living environment therefore it is
recommended not to bring valuable items, unless absolutely necessary. Volunteers should ensure that they carry full insurance to cover their possessions, as this is not provided.
Dismas House operates a “dry house” policy. This means that no recreational drugs or alcohol is tolerated in the house or premises.
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!
 VFP and 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. 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. Please check with the host regarding alcohol consumption where you are staying and if you choose to drink please be responsible and only do so during free-time.
 Any illegal drug use is strictly forbidden.


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.


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.