“To sum it up… I’m speechless”

Hidden in the Velebit mountain range, the Kuterevo Bear Refuge (Croatia) welcomed us – a group of 20 volunteers coming from different countries (Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Greece, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Germany and France) – for the Kuterevo Camp Coordinator Training. Through this training, our awesome trainers Đurđica Valadžija and Nevena Sićević prepared us to coordinate international…

No Border Fest

When my dear friend and colleague Sylvi told me about her plans for the holidays I was impressed by how different they were to those of other people I know. They included volunteering at an international level to promote freedom of movement for all and integration on a local level through the organization of No…

A Thank you letter from a workcamp with SCI Norway

Everything has its end, also the 2017 workcamp at Jøssåsen Landsby (unfortunately). The volunteers at this workcamp have been some beautiful people! They have worked hard in rain, in wind, in sun, in shit (literally), in mud, inside, outside, on ladders, on scaffolding, on bumblebee nest (we first realised that after in total 5 stings), in loudly…

Workcamps in Kosovo – a summer opportunity you cannot miss…

In July and August, GAIA, the SCI branch in Kosovo, is offering three diverse but extremely compelling workcamps. There is something for everybody: If you want to experience traditional lifestyle, escape from civilization, (no internet, electricity or running water) and explore different views on life, the universe and religion than you should join the monks…

The first living fairy tale in Slovenia

The workcamp season in Slovenia has already started: our first workcamp began on the 7th of May in Škofljica, a small village in the green situated only 10 km away from the capital city Ljubljana. 8 and a half volunteers (the half is a cute 4 year old hard worker from Germany) are working and…

10 reasons to attend a voluntary workcamp

I have attended workcamps several times, and as I am listing reasons to go, I feel like going once again! Attending a workcamp is easy, because often taking two or three weeks off work or your studies is not too difficult. Travelling in Europe is quite affordable, and you don’t spend much money during the…

Experience of a camp coordinator

The Bear the Peace camp was held in the Kuterevo bear refuge, where every year there is a large number of volunteers from all over the world, most of which subscribe to the same values and are interested in peace/building. There were 10 volunteers, from different countries – Spain, France, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Croatia ……

Balkan Myth Busters

During ten days in March, a group of 28 youngsters from Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria and Germany has gathered in Velika Hoca, Kosovo for a Youth Exchange that is part of the 2 years long Balkan Myth Busters project coordinated by VCV Serbia and GAIA Kosovo supported by Erasmus+. The project is aiming to…

Mangroves and Indonesia

“I don’t know if I left something in the heart of these people, for sure they left something in mine. I’m sure that I want to have this experience again in my life. I also hope to come back again to Mangkang, to find again those beautiful people that I met and to see the mangroves…

Workcamp for Understanding

On the 12th of February 2017, we arrived in Hong Kong and met our soon-to-be multicultural family consisting people and volunteers alike from various countries such as Japan, South Korea, Germany, Kazakhstan,Mexico and Italy. Later in the week, we got to know the Sri Lankans and the Hong Kong local volunteers. As per the usual…

An eco weekend

SCI Italy organized a weekend workcamp in an eco-village in Granara (Italy) from 24th to 26th of February, where they work in a lagoon and in the bio lake there. Thanks to all volunteers and Granara residents! Next date: 25th and 26th of March, for activities and holidays!  Post originally publish on Servizio Civile Internazionale…

Time flies in Antwerp

Time flies. It has been a month since I joined the SCI International Secretariat as an EVS volunteer. I am so blissful that I am here in Antwerp, a very peaceful and cosy city, and working with a lot of friendly people here. Talk about ‘Work’ I am taking part in one of the SCI’s…