Long-term volunteering

SCI’s Long Term Volunteering (LTV) programme provides volunteers with the opportunity to join a project from 1 to 12 months in another country and community. Long Term Volunteering is more than just work. It is the experience of living abroad and learning from different cultures and people, while getting deeply involved with a concrete project that is for the benefit of the local community. It is a commitment that enables sustained work for peace, both on a concrete level for SCI branches and partner organisations, but also and especially on a personal level for the volunteer and the members of the community.

Long-term volunteering database

Are you ready to find the long-term volunteering opportunity for you? Search for projects in our online database.

Variety of projects

Long Term Volunteers can choose from a variety of projects and activities, from working with disabled people, disadvantaged youth or ethnic minorities, to working in an office or running daily activities in an eco-village.

Accessibility of long term volunteer projects

Long Term Volunteer Projects are open to all people without any distinction of sex, race, religion or ideology. There is no upper age limit, but volunteers need to be at least 18 years.

Each project is different in terms of practical arrangements such as food and accommodation, pocket money, health insurance, travel costs to the project, and you can find out more information by contacting your sending organisation or reading the details in the calls promoted. Please note that SCI works with different volunteering schemes (such as European Solidarity Corps and national volunteering programmes) as well as independent long-term volunteering opportunities.

I know for sure that I won’t come back to the ‘normal’, material-orientated life I led before; the experiences I am gathering here are too important to leave behind. For me this means keeping the focus on people: starting with loving myself to find inner peace, and from there being able to connect with others from the heart.


long-term volunteer in Switzerland

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