Project DetailsCode: VFP-STV08- 18
Start date: 22 abr 2018
End date: 09 may 2018
Term: Workcamp (6-15 days)
Theme: FEST, SOCI
Country: United States
State: Boston, Massachusetts
Minimum Age: 21
Maximum Age: 99
DescriptionSpontaneous Celebrations is a festival and community arts organization in Boston,
Massachusetts committed to art, activism, community, and the environment. Our organization
runs two large festivals a year. Spontaneous Celebrations has developed a spirited,
successful, and unique approach to community building.
Work And Activities
Wake Up the Earth is our biggest festival which takes place on the first Saturday of May every year. This year will be the 40th festival. The original festival was to celebrate the stopping of a highway being built through our section of Boston. Since then, the festival has raised awareness about the environment, labor issues and other political issues. The volunteers will join the festival committee to organize, publicize and engage the community in the event. They will help prepare signs, banners, costumes, decorations, kids' activities, etc. Volunteers will help during the event with logistics, set-up, and general support. After the event, the volunteers will be involved with breakdown, clean up and final
analysis of the event.
Accommodation And FoodVolunteers live in pairs or threes with a local family close to Spontaneous Celebrations, Accommodations will be communal and space will be shared. Breakfast will be eaten at the host families’ homes or at Spontaneous Celebrations. Volunteers will take turns cooking for the group at Spontaneous Celebrations and some meals will be provided from community members or restaurants. There is access to laundry nearby or in the homes. Be sure to tell the other volunteers and the co-leader if you have any special diet needs. Vegetarian options available.
PlaceJamaica Plain is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. Jamaica Plain, or "JP" as the locals call it, is a classic "streetcar suburb" that has evolved into one of Boston's most diverse and dynamic neighborhoods. The ethnically diverse area is home to many Latinos, young families, artists, activists and a growing gay and lesbian community. Boston is a popular city in the northeast known for its history, universities, sports teams, and easy access to New York City.
Km from New York City: 306 km
Km from San Francisco: 4339 km
RequirementsVFP 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 7 hours a day, 5 days a week.
- 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. Alcohol is not allowed at the work camp.
- Any illegal drug use is strictly forbidden.
NotesWHAT TO BRINGEssentials:
- Passport and a copy of your passport Insurance- 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
- 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.
- Cell Phone- international calling cards can be bought in USA
- Photos of home, family, and friends
- Games and Music
- Recipes from home-typical food
- Day pack
- 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
Museum Entrance: $7-$20
hot water for shower at camp: 25 cents per minute