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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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“TheaterFlucht”

“TheaterFlucht”

Volunteers from SCI Switzerland organize theatre evenings for children from families seeking asylum and for children from Switzerland once a month at the transition centre Schweizerisches Rotes Kreuz (SRK) in Bern-Länggasse.

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Climate Action Day in Kosovo

Climate Action Day in Kosovo

On the 13th of December, GAIA Kosovo organized a Climate Action Day. There were multiple activities, some to inform, some to take action and some to have fun.

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Download SCI’s new name tags!

Download SCI’s new name tags!

According to a recent survey launched by SCI and addressed at volunteers and activists, 45% of respondents experienced or witnessed microaggressions during SCI activities run in the past 5 years.

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Global Education Week

Global Education Week

The Global Education Week encourages to raise awareness of the wider world, to reflect our place in it, as well as our possibilities to make it more equitable and sustainable, acting respectfully and responsibly.

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Umoja means Unity

Umoja means Unity

UMOJA-ENOSI is the first Pan-African football team in Greece consisting of 20 players from 9 different African countries living in Greece either as asylum seekers, refugees, migrants or being second generation.

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The DIY Balcony Garden

The DIY Balcony Garden

The project «DIY Balcony Garden» took place in Ljubljana at the Voluntariat office and at an idyllic community garden in Litija.

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SCI Malaysia strategic plans 2020 workshop

SCI Malaysia strategic plans 2020 workshop

On 5th of January, members of SCI Malaysia had an interactive, informative, interesting and helpful Workshop for Strategic Plan 2020 and beyond and ensuring it aligns to SCI Global Vision, Mission, Objectives and Practices.

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Mountain spirit

Mountain spirit

SCI’s partners Vlahi Nature School Bulgaria and Velebit Association Kuterevo present you the publication “Mountain spirit volunteers recommend: How to be better in volunteering for nature conservation?” designed by Izabela Markova.

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Peace education in the spotlight in 2020

Peace education in the spotlight in 2020

We are excited to announce that the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe approved SCI’s Work Plan for 2020, called Peace in Practice: supporting young people to become peace envoys.

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Words about Deeds

Words about Deeds

In 2020 it will be one hundred years since a few volunteers had begun an international service for peace and reconstruction. 100 years of Service Civil International are a reason to celebrate, to look forward but also to look back.

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Community development

Community development

In the middle of October, CVS-Bulgaria teamed up with three more local organisations and created an event to talk about  community development.

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