Americans engaged in international volunteer services, and the organizations deploying them play a critical role in responding to the needs of people living throughout the developing world, and advancing the international public diplomacy of the United States. The Volunteers for Prosperity program (VfP), managed out of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Development Partners, successfully promotes international volunteer service by skilled American professionals.
The VfP program supports President Barak Obama’s U.S. Global Development Policy by mobilizing skilled Americans, including doctors, nurses, engineers, business people, and teachers, through a network of over 200 nonprofit organizations and companies in the United States, to carry out development efforts for those affected by great global challenges in heath, food security, the environment, poverty, illiteracy, financial literacy, disaster relief and other areas.Originally established in 2003 under an Executive Order, the new legislation confirmed the continued commitment of the American people to international volunteer service. On April 21, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which included the authorization to establish Volunteers for Prosperity within the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The mission of Volunteers for Prosperity is to encourage international volunteer service by highly skilled American professionals to support strategic development goals of the U.S. Government. Volunteers for Prosperity supports the following objectives: