Introduction to social entrepreneurship

I am doing my project in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The title of my project is introduction to social entrepreneurship. The idea of the project is to improve the South side of Rotterdam which is one of the most disadvantaged areas in the Netherlands. The organisation that I am doing my EVS with is Lava…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Story from Ittoqqortoormiit

In summer 2015 I spent four weeks volunteering with Greenlandic children in Ittoqortoormit. That village is very isolated and is located next to the Scoresby Sund fjord. Getting there is difficult, but adventurous. The group of volunteers first traveled from Reykjavik to Akureyri, from there to Constable Point and finally by helicopter to Ittoqqortoormiit. First…

Into the Hills with Che Guevara

Che Guevara waited for me under the trees, I could see him from my seat in the garden of the small rural tavern that we had stopped at for lunch. Dust lay thick on the narrow road, dogs unmoving in the afternoon heat. I finished my cold beer and, with my group of fellow international…

Ben in Ireland

It’s a text-book summer’s day in Mosney, Co. Meath. I’m sitting by the lake where, two decades ago, amorous teenagers in swan boats might have glided through the water against the sound of the nearby waltzers. Behind me stands the now derelict train station where hundreds of seagulls are congregated. A train passes and they…

A voice from Kurdistan

From December 16th to 26th a workcamp organized by SCI Italy, in collaboration with “Genclik ve degisim, Youth and Change Association”, was held in the refugee camp of Diyarbakir, Turkish Kurdistan. Within the area, run by the Kurdish municipalities, there are about 4,000 refugees, 1,500 of whom are children. Most part of them are Yazidi,…

Humanitarian Charlie

I love asking young people what they want to be when they grow up because I’m still looking for ideas… However, when the opportunity to rebuild a school in Nepal caught my eye I told myself ‘I’ve found my calling’. Charlie 31 lives in London and works in a school which helps young people to…

Volunteer’s diary in Blue Rose school

Dear whoever it’s you, Surrounded by monkeys, dogs, birds all kind of bugs & the most beautiful nature I’ve spent one of the most unforgettable weeks of my life. I can’t say (well write up) much because words could never help me experience the feelings I have inside one look, one song, one smile ……