Annual report

SCI’s annual report showcases the work of the international coordination and movement over the past year. Besides information on SCI’s finances, decision-making structures and statistics of the past year, the annual report gives information about our projects and campaigns as well as insights into the activities of our branches.

Annual report 2021

This year was a year of transition, from a COVID-19 dominated world, to one where many activities are again possible, but only when embracing the unpredictability of our new reality, and having in store multiple back-up plans and safety scenarios. Many activities reflected the flexibility and resilience of your organisations and volunteers, together with the determination in carrying out our mission for peace in different creative ways.

Hemamali Perera

International Acting President, SCI

Our Strategic Plan

In 2021, the work to accomplish our mission was guided by our Strategic Plan for 2020-2023.

Currently, SCI’s movement around the world consists of …

Branches

Partner organizations

Branches

Partner organizations

Volunteer exchanges

In 2021, as a way to safely continue our activities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, SCI kept organising online workcamps, first implemented in 2020, alongside regular workcamps.

Workcamps focussed on different themes, many centering their activities on children and youth, environmental protection, climate and sustainable lifestyle, and art, culture and local history. A few workcamps allowed participants to work with people with disabilities and to contribute to community life and international solidarity, and raised awareness on the topics of poverty and social injustice. Online workcamps mostly tackled issues of antiracism, antifascism, remembrance, gender and sexuality.

Workamps organized

Workcamp volunteers

Long-term volunteers

Workamps organized

Workcamp volunteers

Long-term volunteers

  • Out of the 105 workcamps, 8 took place online 5% 5%

Volunteers

Like each year, we organized international voluntary projects for people of all ages and backgrounds to promote a culture of peace.

%

Students

%

Employed

%

Unemployed

%

Unknown

%

School children

%

Retired

Age range of volunteers

  • 16-17
  • 18-25
  • 26-35
  • 36-45
  • 46-65
  • +65

Age range of volunteers

  • 16-17
  • 18-25
  • 26-35
  • 36-45
  • 46-65
  • +65

Experience of volunteers

  • first workcamp experience
  • 1-3 workcamps
  • 4-7 workcamps
  • 8 or + workcamps
  • Unknown

Experience of volunteers

  • first workcamp experience
  • 1-3 workcamps
  • 4-7 workcamps
  • 8 or + workcamps
  • Unknown

Volunteers in workcamps

%

In-person activities

%

Online activities

Volunteers in workcamps

%

In-person activities

%

Online activities

Projects

International projects are one of the tools helping the SCI Movement achieve its strategic goals and strengthen the organisation in the following key areas: cooperation, sharing, advocacy, financial strength and transparency, capacity building, and communication.

Online activities: sharing expertise

Given SCI’s expertise with online activities, built in the past two years of international projects and events carried out online, we participated in various consultations and interviews to share our experience and recommendations on the topic.

International Volunteering Fair Ticket

Strategic Co-operation between National Agencies on Digital Youth Work (SNAC - DYW)

Our input to SALTO Inclusion & Diversity’s SNAC – DYW was included in a document showcasing the results of the expert group process and survey about learning experiences with hybrid, blended and online mobility activities: Safe, Confident, Connected and Inspired.

International Volunteering Fair Ticket

Good practices: inclusion in digital youth work (podcast interview)

We participated in a podcast interview conducted by SALTO Inclusion & Diversity Resource Centre, together with Michele Di Paola, about good practices of digital learning activities in the context of the EU Youth Programmes (Erasmus+/ESC). Our interview was featured in the Second season: quality in digital transformation, in the 7th and 8th episode on Adapting digital youth work activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International Volunteering Fair Ticket

JINT-magazine: SCOOP

We participated in an interview for the SCOOP magazine by the Belgian-Flemish National Agency JINT and we were featured in the December 2021 edition: SCOOP #06: Digitaal jeugdwerk (digital youth work). The article is in Dutch, and it presents our experience in digitalising international activities, especially workcamps and training courses.

2020 Campaign

SCI was founded in 1920 and many activities to celebrate its 100th year of existence, as well as the 100 years of International Voluntary Service, were postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic. The activities aimed to honor and reflect on our history as well as the current state of International Voluntary Service.

We organised actions for peace around the world, an international reunion online, we created a Virtual Museum and videos on our history, as well as kept selling our historical book.

What does the year 2020 mean to you?

I was very excited to get engaged in the 2020 process, it is a strong feeling inside of me. In the process towards 2020 we can see the richness of our movement. It is not, by the way, just a big bang – on the contrary, we should move forward towards the next 100 years.

Sooriya Bandara

2020 team member, from Sri Lanka

Highlights from our branches

Our SCI branches around the world showed resilience, commitment and kept the SCI spirit alive during the pandemic, organising activities that supported their affected communities, learning from their experience and passing on the knowledge, and advocating for human rights and climate justice. Have a look at some examples below.

Group picture

COVID 19: Lessons Learned, International Youth work after the pandemic

By SCI Madrid

An international seminar to exchange experiences, ideas and best practices on the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on international youth work. As a result, a manual for youth and volunteering organisations was created.

99+1 Nasi Ahad

By SCI Malaysia

Slogan "Borders are in your head" sprayed on a wall

Acting collectively | Collage Day!

By SCI Belgium

An action in the streets of Brussels to reclaim public space during the pandemic and talk about migration justice. Volunteers used slogans such as “Migrants also have the right to life”, “No one is illegal”, “Borders are in your heads”.

Unmasking COVID

Plants for Peace

By IVP Australia

The project was awarded funds from SCI’s Disaster Relief microgrant.

COP26 and the Climate Coalition

By IVS Great Britain

Conference launching the consortium

Consortium Municipalities-Civil Society: Local power for Sustainable Volunteering

By PVN Albania

The creation of a consortium between volunteering organisations and Albanian Municipalities with the aim to establish sustainable local volunteering as an act of democracy, active citizenship, peace, solidarity and social cohesion, through a crosssectoral collaboration by using all levels and types of volunteering.

Resources and tools

What will I do for Peace today?

Peace cards

SCI Peace Cards

Peace cards

Street action kit

The Power Behind Good Intentions Toolkit

The power behind good intentions

The Power Behind Good Intentions Toolkit

Nonviolent communication games package

I hope my ESC with VSI will inspire many young people to use their free time for volunteering. I want to encourage young people, especially those physically disabled, to be persistent when they are on the road to fulfilment of their goals. Also, I hope to connect with my new friends and make new friendships that will last long after my ESC.

Senka

Serbian volunteer, VSI Ireland

A volunteering project is a space “out of time”, an immersion in a completely new context with strangers who quickly become your only landmarks. Participating in a volunteering project means learning, meeting, but also reinventing yourself. Sometimes it’s about discovering new qualities and especially making unique encounters. A volunteer project is waking up every day with the feeling of being useful, of doing something good. It’s going to sleep, exhausted, feeling like you’ve been doing your best all day long.

Chloé Jeanne

Volunteer, SCI Belgium

Budget

SCI international accounts 2021 in EUR.

* This data is not yet final

Income

Expenditure

Budget

SCI international accounts 2021 in EUR.

* This data is not yet final

Income

Expenditure

Our supporters and donors

Thanks to all volunteers, activists, staff members, organisations and donors, in particular those who contributed via our SCItizens subscription, Thedy von Fellenberg and the following donors:
EYF and CoE logos

UNESCO’s Participation Programme

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Cover photo: It’s peace o’clock! by Aleksandra Tsankova

Previous reports

SCI Annual Report 2019 cover