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Call for Participants

Call for Participants

One World Association – SCI Poland is calling for participants for the camp “Volunteering vs. Violence – let’s turn theory practice”!

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Survey & statistics guru wanted

Survey & statistics guru wanted

Service Civil International is currently working on making impact measurement our standard practice. We are now looking for an online volunteer to support us with reviewing and creating several data collection tools (mostly surveys) which will be later incorporated into the SCI routines. Deadline to apply: 20.06.2021

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Earth Day Forum

Earth Day Forum

Report on SCI KL Malaysia’s Earth Day online event on the Theme ‘Rebirth the Earth’.

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Chapter:

Chapter:

This project will join groups and SCI branches across Europe to build a collective understanding and strategy of how to tackle propaganda and the far right that has exploded across the world in the last decade.

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Call for participants!

Call for participants!

Change Makers is an event based on the Living Library concept, where you will get in touch with stories about social and environmental justice, migration, empowerment, and disability.

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Statement on Palestine by SCI Italia

Statement on Palestine by SCI Italia

Our Italian branch joins the collective appeal to the international community to stop the escalation of violence that the Palestinian territory is experiencing and expresses its solidarity with the Palestinian people.

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Recreating Peace : Are you a Peace Actor?

Recreating Peace : Are you a Peace Actor?

A report on the online theater workshop organized by SCI Hellas volunteers in collaboration with the drama instructor Konstantinos Marougkas. The project was part of “Peace in Practice: Supporting young people to become peace envoys”, funded by the Council of Europe’s Youth Foundation. 

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Faces of Peace

Faces of Peace

This March CVS – Bulgaria decided that “it’s peace o-clock” and initiated a Photo Hackathon on the topic, as part of the SCI’s Peace in Practice project supported by the European Youth Foundation of Council of Europe.

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Acts of Solidarity in times of (in) differences in Mitrovica

Acts of Solidarity in times of (in) differences in Mitrovica

On the 15th of March, The Youth Gathering “Acts of Solidarity in times of (in)Differences” started in the city of Mitrovica. Implemented by GAIA’s team there and supported by the European Youth Foundation, the project brought together nine participants from all around Kosovo for training on media literacy and journalism.

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Goulburn show 2021

Goulburn show 2021

The report on the physical workcamp organised by IVP Australia in preparation for the Goulburn Show.

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Traces of Colonialism

Traces of Colonialism

A report on the online project “Traces of Colonialism” organized by SCI Germany in cooperation with its partners in Kenya. Additionally, as a result of the project, a digital exhibition was created.

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Plants for Peace

Plants for Peace

IVP Australia in the frame of a Plants for Peace project delivered approximately 300 plants to Lake Conjola on 5th Feb 2021 to assist with environmental recovery but also to help with the mental health of traumatised residents that had been in the path of the fires.

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In Patisia we play ball!

In Patisia we play ball!

Jonathan Healy, a volunteer at SCI Hellas shares his perspective about their street football project Bala Patissia in partnership with the municipality of Athens (Co Athens, Curing the Limbo) and the Umoja/Enosi football team.

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POETIC DREAMS

POETIC DREAMS

The Social Space for Deconstruction invited children and teenagers of Mitrovica to take part in a poetry project, asking them to write poems centered around the topic of dreams.

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Do you like Online Projects like I do?

Do you like Online Projects like I do?

Lili who was a camp leader in the “Contemporary Witnesses of Police Brutality and Forced Labour in WW II” online camp, shares her experience with organising the online camp. We get to read the feedback from the participants as well!

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Open Pots Project

Open Pots Project

Útilapu Hálózat, SCI’s Hungarian branch has been organising a solidarity project called ‘Open Pots’ where they gather and cook dishes from different cuisines of the world. It is a great opportunity to get a taste of new cultures and to exchange knowledge. Not to mention the leftover food is donated to people in need!

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Virtual ICM 2020

Virtual ICM 2020

ICM 2020 has just ended! It was an intensive week with discussions, voting, and learning from each other and for the first time ever, the international committee meeting took place online.

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End of 100for100 donation campaign

End of 100for100 donation campaign

The donation campaign has ended, thank you to all donors! SCI reached out to you, our friends around the world, and you helped us in our work for a better future for you and for future generations, donating a total of 15,270€.

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“A time to reflect and reconnect”

“A time to reflect and reconnect”

After ten years of activities and brainstorming on climate change, non-formal education, peacebuilding, friendship, volunteering, or activism, GAIA Kosovo decided it was time to gather testimonies, stories, experiences from friends from the Balkans and beyond in the form of podcasts.

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In memory of Eleanor Will

In memory of Eleanor Will

We want to remember Eleanor as an SCI volunteer who carried the values, knowledge and skills developed in her international volunteering service throughout her life. Her generosity lives on, with a legacy gift of £ 5000 donated to SCI that will help others to enjoy the experience she had. Thank you Eleanor!

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Stadtradeln 2020:

Stadtradeln 2020:

A report on the city cycling (STADTRADELN) that SCI-Germany has taken part in again this year, from 20 September to 10 October 2020.

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SCI Workcamp in Glücksburg

SCI Workcamp in Glücksburg

A peek into the well-known workcamp from SCI-Germany “Sun+Wind=Power?!” that took place in the Power Park from 8nd to 22nd of August. With a detailed explanation of the tasks and goals of the workcamp, including the feedback from the volunteers!

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International Peace Day Celebration

International Peace Day Celebration

On International Peace Day, SCI India West Bengal Group organized an event where among different topics they discussed Human Rights and creating awareness regarding different Govt. bodies that exist to offer help to the people.

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SCI Hellas: Theater of the Oppressed

SCI Hellas: Theater of the Oppressed

SCI Hellas is organising their first experiential workshop on the theater of oppression. The aim of the workshop is to acquaint the participants with the value, usefulness, and process of the Theater of the Oppressed which applies techniques with theater tools.

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Grillfest “100 years of SCI”

Grillfest “100 years of SCI”

SCI Switzerland has organized an event that not only celebrates the 100 years of SCI but it also corresponds to the Earth Overshoot Day, therefore there was a focus on waste reduction and environmental preservation.

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In the wake of Novel Corona Pandemic

In the wake of Novel Corona Pandemic

During this extraordinary situation of pandemic and the critical socio-economic situation created by the same, Tapas Kumar Sur, secretary of West Bengal Group, the Indian branch of SCI shares the outstanding challenge that the lockdown has caused and their activities to offer help to the poor people and the society.

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First Virtual AGM of SCI KL, Malaysia

First Virtual AGM of SCI KL, Malaysia

The 36th Annual General Meeting organized by the SCI KL (subdivision under SCI Malaysia) was held over ZOOM on 28th June 2020. Among important matters of decision making, a new team of committee members were elected for the presiding year. Dato Lawrence Cheah whose first volunteering experience at SCI dates back to the 1960s participated in the meeting as well as a guest speaker and shared his perspective.

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Solidarity in times of crisis

Solidarity in times of crisis

Solidarity is at the core of the recent crowdfunding campaign of GAIA SCI Kosovo together with Roma Versitas Kosovo organization to aid Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian pupils and students in times of crisis caused by the pandemic.

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‘Words about Deeds’ online Reading Group

‘Words about Deeds’ online Reading Group

In April, we – Marilou Ruijter and Heinz Gabathuler -, invited SCI activists for an online reading group with the aim to discuss some topics from the SCI anniversary book “Words about Deeds” which was published at the end of 2019.

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SCI-Germany Workcamps 2020!

SCI-Germany Workcamps 2020!

This camp season is unusual for all of us, but we made as much as possible to continue work for peace promotion and are happy to share the workcamp opportunities in the topic of antiracism, antifascism, remembrance that are available in SCI-Germany both digital and “real”!

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It’s never too late, and never give up!

It’s never too late, and never give up!

On 11th July, GAIA Kosovo organized a meeting in Biti e Poshtme/Donja Bitinja between local citizens and EcoAlbania, an organization active in the protection of rivers in our neighbouring country.

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Mini-camp in Doro

Mini-camp in Doro

Last weekend SCI Switzerland organised a short mini-workcamp: seven volunteers from different parts of Switzerland met in the beautiful village of Doro (Ticino).

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Virtual Teh Tarik Session

Virtual Teh Tarik Session

SCI Malaysia had its first virtual reach- out session to volunteers named Teh Tarik Session, which in Malaysian culture means hanging out together over milk tea.

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Wikipedia for Peace

Wikipedia for Peace

In times when international travel was restricted and when political leaders around the world were calling for a „war“ on Corona virus, SCI Switzerland in cooperation with Wikimedia Switzerland decided to take a stand against war and military forces.

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SCI online Cine Festival

SCI online Cine Festival

We closed the first edition of SCI Cine Festival ‘Inspiration through lenses’. It featured a total of 8 sessions, each Friday between 10th April and...

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BUNTact magazine

BUNTact magazine

The long-term volunteers in the project ‘Volunteering Circles’ of CVS-Bulgaria have gathered to work on a magazine where they share thoughts, concerns, experiences and opinions on relevant issues.

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Standing in solidarity against discrimination

Standing in solidarity against discrimination

Since its birth 100 years ago, SCI has been bringing people together to volunteer for a more peaceful world and break stereotypes, build human connections, overcome prejudice and hate to embrace understanding and respect.

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Stories contest “Voice yourself”

Stories contest “Voice yourself”

We are glad to announce the winner of the first SCI Stories contest “Voice yourself”. The winner story is an inter-generational testimony that represents the long-term impact of activism for peace. Ideal in the year of our 100th anniversary!

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Ethical Communication

Ethical Communication

SCI Slovenia has, together with Association Humanitas (Slovenia), INEX-SDA (Czech Republic), FOCSIV (Italy) and Comhlamh (Ireland), launched the online course on ethical communication for volunteers, trainers, NGO representatives and everyone interested in global education and global citizenship.

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First SCI Online Workcamp

First SCI Online Workcamp

SCI first online workcamp was named “Sustainable Lifestyle in Lockdown”, it was implemented by SCI Germany and it took place from 4-11 of May 2020.

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A response to COVID-19

A response to COVID-19

Shifting perspectives project is a response of GAIA’s volunteers to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is a series of short videos, spreading acts and thoughts that matter during this time of crisis to engage reflection and changes in our ways of life.

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Unmasking COVID-19

Unmasking COVID-19

Gender Blenders SCI working group launched a 17-day campaign in which we are going to unmask the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of gender and to draw your attention to people who are at high risk during the lockdown.

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First we eat, then we do everything else

First we eat, then we do everything else

Thus, we encouraged active people all around the globe to make a small action and join our unusual Flashmob (on distance of course) –   preparing at least one dish from the book with the flat mates, family or friends (via Zoom, Skype etc.) during one week.

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Asian Voices is back!

Asian Voices is back!

Service Civil International is celebrating its 100th year as an international movement this year. The Asian Development Committee (ADS) of SCI...

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Earth Day 2020

Earth Day 2020

22 April is designated Mother Earth Day. This year – we will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Malaysia like most of the 192 countries worldwide is under a COVID-19 pandemic Lockdown.

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It is high time to support our farmers!

It is high time to support our farmers!

Any crisis means important changes: with this global virus that has derailed our whole economic system, it is crucial to review our eating and consumption habits in a permanent way.

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SCI Hellas is big on fb!

SCI Hellas is big on fb!

With the pandemic taking over our lives, relations, work, economy… you name it (!) SCI Hellas couldn’t stay put and not keep up with solidarity and peace work.

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Online Training “North-South”

Online Training “North-South”

Would you like to volunteer in the so-called “Global South” (Africa, Asia, Latin America)? Would you like to learn more about global issues like post-colonialism, fossil fuel industry/mining, stereotyping, prejudices, fairtrade etc.

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Sofia International Film Festival

Sofia International Film Festival

Sofia International Film Festival (SIFF) was created in 1997 and, since then, it has attracted 85.000 spectators annually, becoming one of the biggest film festivals in the Balkans.

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SCI delegation in the Frame(v)work Europe Lab

SCI delegation in the Frame(v)work Europe Lab

Ingrid, CCIVS president and representative of SCI in the CCIVS board, Anni from KVT Finland and Panayota from SCI Hellas was the SCI delegation in Holloko, Hungary, where took place the Frame(v)work Europe Lab.

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Hannah is joining the International Secretariat!

Hannah is joining the International Secretariat!

Hannah joined the team at the International Secretariat in an unusual way: remotely, from her home in the UK. She will move to Antwerp as soon as the situation allows it, but she already started her volunteering experience to support the Peace in Practice project.

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Time to read about SCI history!

Time to read about SCI history!

In 2020, Service Civil International celebrates its 100 years of existence. One hundred years since a few volunteers begun an international service for peace and reconstruction and thus started the movement of international voluntary service.

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Measures related to COVID-19 Pandemic

Measures related to COVID-19 Pandemic

Already the world looks a lot different since SCI’s statement of 16th March 2020 and this is a testament to the speed nations and societies have had to react in order to decrease as much as possible the potential catastrophic consequences this pandemic could have.

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COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Pandemic

The recently classified pandemic COVID-19 has swept the world in a manner previously unseen in this generation. In the last week, measures have been taken by countries in order to slow the spread of this virus so that nations can have the opportunity to react.

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Project Hub

Project Hub

Time flies so fast. It seems that we only said goodbye to each other after the first activity in Berlin and here we are, meeting again this time in Serbia for the second activity ‘Project Hub’ in terms of the training cycle ‘Project Café’.

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Living Library “Peace” in Bern

Living Library “Peace” in Bern

The Living Library is an event that provides a space for dialogue and exchange and is about breaking down stereotypes, builds understanding and reducing prejudice by sharing experiences on a personal level.

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Global justice starts here

Global justice starts here

“Global justice starts here” Placement Officers Training 2020 was organized for the SCI Placement Officers in Winterthur, Switzerland, from the 10th till 16th of February 2020.

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Hilly, green and happy!

Hilly, green and happy!

Last Friday on 14th February the long term volunteer from SCI Germany office made a short visit to the project partner in Tübingen in order to say ‘Thank you!’ and conduct small interview with the people engaged in this incredible workcamp.

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