When a friend from Voluntariat told me about the training “From small steps to big changes” and asked me if I could participate, I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of it. I even ended my trip to Skopje earlier to be able to go. The topic is really close to my heart…

Volunteering for Acceptance and Tolerance

I participated in a short-term EVS in Macedonia as part of the project ”Volunteering for Acceptance and Tolerance”. I spent 3 months in Kumanovo – a town located in the north-eastern part of Macedonia. My project was divided into two parts – I was working in the youth center and in the refugee camp in…

(Re)Discovering the meaning of “feminism” in Tanzania

  My name is Sara and I have always had a weird relationship with the word feminism. In the beginning, when I was a kid and came to hear the word for the first time I found it deeply attractive. It sounded like something mystical, as if people were speaking of a secret cult of…

My arrival to Switzerland

Say “hello” to our new EVS volunteer in the office – Sofiya from Ukraine. She arrived a month ago and is now the Placement Officer of SCI Switzerland. My arrival in Switzerland started with a day full of adventures. But now, after having finally arrived, it all looks like magic. So many new impressions, new…

As a “Nature Friend” on the Holy Nose (Svyatoy Nos)

In the summer of 2016 I was finally able to fulfill a dream of mine – a trip to Lake Baikal in Siberia, the emblem of the Republic of Buryatia, the Buddhist center of the Russian Federation. Lake Baikal is the oldest ( >25 million years), largest (673km long x 82km wide) and deepest (1642m)…

Project Management seminar in Greece

I Ms. Alpana Bhadra, SCI India got this opportunity to attend the Project Management seminar in Greece. I was super anxious and super excited at the same time as I had never ever travelled alone in my life in such a different country as I come from a patriarchal society so this was a new…

Inspirational EVS story: I came, I saw, I stayed!

  I’m Nastja from sLOVEnia. Before I went on my EVS, I was just an ordinary person. Working a job I didn’t like, buying stuff I didn’t need, complaining all the time, and most of all, living a life with no deeper meaning. My head was full of ideas with even more of the obstacles…

My year as an EVS Volunteer in Switzerland

Working in the SCI office was so much more than what I expected, I learned much more than I had thought. The work was very diverse and I was able to help for very diverse activities, such as organizing events and carrying them out. I did presentations, although I was terrified of it in the…

Let’s deconstruct Voluntourism by talking about it

During the third edition of « le festival des voyageurs alternatifs » set up by the Interphaz association, SCI France and partners organized a conference about « Voluntourism ». We were welcomed by the University of Lille SHS in the library. In this way we enjoyed talking about this subject on a beautiful setting. How can we avoid those…

New botanical experience through volunteering in Austria

The Global Botanical Portal has already published information about possibilities for botanists, especially from developing countries, which we can receive to thanks by volunteering. Today I would like to share my last experience after participating in the volunteering camp „Wachau Volunteer“ at the World Heritage Landscape of Wachau in Lower Austria from July 30th till August 12th, 2017….

Spastic Annual Charity Walk

Spastic Annual Charity Walk Jog Wheel-a-thon (ACWJW) is an event organized by the Spastic Association Selangor  & Federal Territory together with 30 over like-minded Non Government Organizations (NGOs) raising funds for the special-needs people. SCI KL is one of the long supporting NGO to this noble event. I have decided to participate in this charity…

Training Course and Seminar about the Good Practices in EVS Volunteering

My story started in September 2016 when I began my volunteer program in Naples. Thanks to this, my interest in the idea of EVS began and I was accepted as a participant in the great ECOS double project. The first adventure began on 19th of June and continued until 26th of June. Its goal was to reinforce the theoretical…