Memories of volunteering from El Salvador

My name is Tania and I would love to share with you part of my long term volunteering experience with SCI in the ‘Consciente’ project in San Francisco Gotera (El Salvador). I think that our job as volunteers is to show the world the potential and hidden treasures of the places we visit! That is…

It is part of your work “to improve the environment a bit”

My name is Mitzi, I am 21 years old and I volunteered at the VIA VZW Project in Meihof Asylum Centre in Lint, a small village in the province of Antwerp (Belgium), where there are around 160 refugees, of which about 25 children and 18 unaccompanied minors. Really working in the center with so many children…

Peace on the streets

The 7-day-training “Peace on the Streets” took place from 1st to 7th June in Vienna, organized by SCI Austria as a seminar about Street activism and campaigns, which are connected to spreading peace in different ways. The international SCI training gathered 26 people from all over Europe with three participants from Switzerland: Adina Jessica Karerra,…

Peace Messenger Study Session in Strasbourg

Recently a SCI/VYRE peace messengers study-session took place in the European Youth Centre Strasbourg.  Last week I attended the Study session “Peace in the Spotlight” that took place from 8th to 12th April organised by Service Civil International, Voices of Young Refugees in Europe and in cooperation with Youth Department of the Council of Europe….

Volunteer summer in the Mountains of the Balkans

If you are from the Balkans you would not be able to imagine the landscape and natural heritage of the region without coming to think of Velebit, Sharr, Pirin or Frushka gora mountains. All of them are special places which provide home for rare animal and plant species. Proclaimed as protected areas this summer they…

Wonderful days at farming workcamp in Malaysia

It was a great learning experience to attend Organic Farming and Meditation workcamp at Cameron Highlands (Malaysia) last December (11-21). We got to learn the ins and outs of organic farming from seeding, planting, compost making, to harvesting and packaging. Among all, weeding was a big part of our daily chores. Thanks to the sharing…

Experience in language teaching workcamp in Ho Chi Minh City

The language teaching workcamp (Nov 19 – Dec 2018) was held in Ho Chi Minh city (Vietnam), a vibrant and crowded city full of life and motorbikes. Our first two days were welcomed by Khai, the local representative from Volunteers for Peace Vietnam (VPV). In our group, we have Maya and Ben from Luxembourg, Olivia…

European Solidarity Design was a most wonderful experience!

Isanne ten Have from the Netherlands went for 6 months with EVS to Bucharest, Romania. My departure I left early in the morning to Schiphol. Here the nerves struck me and once I was on the plane this continued to persist. But then I thought of the reasons I had chosen for the project. I…

BioBlitz at Jenolan Caves

An IVP Weekend workcamp team recently pitched in to assist organisers of a citizen science event at a popular tourist destination and nature biodiversity hotspot, near Sydney. For this occasion we advertised for volunteers at the Asylum Seeker Centre in Sydney, and three people on temporary visas came along. The principal task was catering for…

“Human Rights from A to Z” training course in Bulgaria

My fellow participants love the human library, so do I. Yet, for me, it was not merely the event on 4/11 in Sofia, but the whole training itself. The organisers/trainers (CVS-Bulgaria, Nat, Kat and Shirin) and the other 31 participants from 12 countries are all storytellers who have inspired me with their experience, knowledge, expertise…

“Festa de la Sopa”, intercultural recipes against racism

SCI Catalunya organised the fifth edition of the event, in which neighbours and local groups got to know each other through cooking. The main objective in this edition was to break the racist stereotypes. Last Saturday, 10th of November, SCI Catalunya organised the fifth edition of “Festa de la Sopa” in the district of Raval in Barcelona. It was…