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Greenheart Volunteer Homestay Program

Participants of the Green heart Volunteer Home stay Program volunteer with environmental, humanitarian or educational organizations while living with an American host family.

Participants choose fields in which they are most interested in volunteering. These fields include:

  •  Environment Examples: Nature restoration projects, Community gardens
  • Animal Welfare Examples: Animal shelter, Veterinary clinics
  • Education Examples: Summer school teacher, Language teacher
  • Social Work Examples: Homeless shelter, Food bank, YMCA volunteer
  • Arts/Culture Examples: Fair trade, International club, Community Orchestra, Drama and acting camp


Host families provide accommodation and all meals taken in the home, but are not expected to entertain the participants, and may often be gone during working hours. Thus, this program is suitable for mature participants.  


What is included?

  • Room and board with a volunteer American host family (half board during weekdays; full board on weekend)
  • Placement with a volunteer organization in the field of: Environment; Animal Welfare; Education; Social Work; Arts/Culture for 10 – 35 hours per week
  • Orientation provided by Vishvet Foundation
  • Support & supervision of a Vishvet Coordinator
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Airport transfers to/from nearest airport from homestay community
  • Support letter for tourist visa


Not Included:

  • International airfare and ground transportation
  • Transportation to/from volunteer site/s
  • Lunch on volunteer days
  • Meals and entertainment outside host family home
  • Pocket money for personal use


What are the requirement?

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Able to communicate in English at a basic conversational level
  • Mature enough to feel comfortable traveling alone
  • Genuinely interested in volunteering
  • Be willing to become a member of an American family

Last Dates

  • Applications are due to Vishvet 8 weeks prior to requested arrival.


"It was a memorable and self satisfied program! It allowed me learn a lot about American culture and volunteering. My family was very kind and I will not forget my family members forever.  My volunteering was a very rewarding experience!"  -- Kushan Farkiwala, Greenheart Volunteer Homestay participant in New York.

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