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…

Mike in Sri Lanka

It rained last night – when I say it rained it rained like you think it is never going to stop. January and February should have been the rainy season, but it didn’t, – rain that is. I was showing someone in my English Conversation class a picture I’d taken that day of the Hindu…

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…

Workcamp for understanding

In 2016, SCI Hong Kong launched the project “Workcamp for Understanding” for the first time: thanks to the funding of the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education, 30 volunteers from Hong Kong set out to social, cultural and environmental projects in the Belt and Road countries India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. In return, ten…

A Malaysian volunteer in a workcamp in Vietnam

On the 5th August- 15th August 2016, I had joined a summer workcamp held in Vinh Long, Vietnam In which my job is to teach the elementary school students in the rural area of Vinh Long about English. I arrived at Ho Chi Minh the very first day and get to know other participants from…

Workcamp in Kurdistan with refugees

Every morning we wake up in the Guest House. Roj bash! Our Kurdish partners have prepared the breakfast and we get together at the table while having a chat, laughing, about our linguistic differences. Heval, partner in Kurdish. In Diyarbakir they are always willing to offer and share some tea with you. It is the…

A French voice from an Asian branch

Leila Seddiki from France is currently LTV at SCI Malaysia, Kuala Lampur Office and took part in two wokcamp, one in Penang and the other one in Selangor.  First workcamp in Penang:  Number of volunteers: 10 international student of Hong Kong University +Billy (SCI Hong Kong), Sophie (SCI Germany) and Leila (SCI France). From 19 to…

Fun Charity Walk and Fund Raising

On the 13 November I participated in the 23rd Spastic Annual Charity Walk / Jog/ Wheel-a-thon with the Disabled. SCI Malaysia is one of the 38 participating organizations (POs) in the event. This year’s they also got entry into the Malaysia Book of Records for being the longest-running charity walk event for both the able-bodied…

Peace Center Project

My project with SCI Sri Lanka is located in Mutur, a rural area in the northeast of the island. The project is meant to be a link language program between English and Tamil. Therefore, the main goal of this project is the teaching of English to Mutur residents. Originally, my work here consisted of teaching…

Dust under the carpet

Delhi is the world’s second most populous megacity after Tokyo. Coming from much smaller European cities (Torino and Barcelona), we have been amazed day after day by all the diverse ingredients of Delhi, thousands of cars, people, cows, dogs, trash, smells, shops, street food, rickshaws, etc. The only thing that was missing in our eyes…

“Building Inclusive Paths” Team Voice

After a few weeks of job-shadowing in Sri Lanka, we have noticed how difficult it is to take a position in a conflict in which we don’t belong. Almost 30 years of civil war provoked the polarization of the society as something permanent that we can see in every stage of living, like in land…

Planting 10,000 Mangroves in Mangkang

“From February 26th to March 8th, I participated the Mangkang Camp in Semarang, Indonesia.. It was one of the biggest events of my 21 years! That is because it was the first time that I went overseas alone, volunteered in another country, touched mangroves, and also visited Indonesia, a different culture from Japan’s. Before participating…