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Learning Lab(oratory) Pro: call for participants

Learning Lab(oratory) Pro: call for participants

Are you an educator, a (to-be) trainer, willing to discover how to organise high-quality and more inclusive learning activities in both in-person and online environments? Apply for this training course! 📅 27 October – 3 November 2022 📍 Poznań, Poland ⏰ Apply by 2 October

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Renoize workcamp 2022 – How was its seventh edition?

Renoize workcamp 2022 – How was its seventh edition?

From 24th August to 7th September 2022, 15 participants took part in a workcamp in organized by SCI Italy at “La Città dell’Utopia”. Throughout the camp they collected and discussed different stories about local, historical and current fascism.

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Vision Seminar: 4th workshop invitation

Vision Seminar: 4th workshop invitation

You are invited to the 4th event of the Vision Seminar series: SCI: one international peace movement or a network of individual organisations? 📅 Saturday, 1 October – 11h00-13h00 CEST, 📍 Online on zoom. ⏰ Register by 27 September.

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Long-term volunteer wanted in Poznań!

Long-term volunteer wanted in Poznań!

SCI Poland is looking for a broad-minded young person with a positive attitude that likes to work in a team and has his/her own initiative to join their team in Poznan.
📅 01.09.2022-31.10.2023
📍 Poznań, Poland
⏰ Apply as soon as possible

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Decolonise!

Decolonise!

Decolonise IVS project, initiated BY CCIVS together with ICYE, aims to build a new framework for decolonial thinking in International Voluntary Service Organizations making them reflect on diversity, equality and environmental sustainability from an intersectional perspective. With Decolonise IVS, workcamp organizations seek for the first time to go to the heart of the debate around decolonisation and to understand more about continuing forms of neo-colonialism including climate colonialism. If you are interested in the topic you can apply for their online dialogues.

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What is a workcamp in Sri Lanka like?

What is a workcamp in Sri Lanka like?

Are you interested to know what is it like to volunteer in a summer workcamp in Sri Lanka? In this article one of our volunteers tells us more about their experience, the activities they did, the delicious Sri Lankan food and the kind people they met.

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VOLUMEN – VOLUnteering for inclusive DevelopMENt

VOLUMEN – VOLUnteering for inclusive DevelopMENt

Gender equality in volunteering? This is the new project that SCI Madrid are organizing together with Greek NGO Genderhood. This project aims at promoting and encouraging non-profit organizations to incorporate the gender perspective in all their volunteering activities, through the development of an action plan that contributes to gender equality in a sustainable way.

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Vision Seminar: third workshop invitation

Vision Seminar: third workshop invitation

You are invited to the third event of the Vision Seminar series: Can we capture all areas of SCI work under peace (defined in 4 levels: with oneself, with others, within society, with nature)? 📅 Saturday, 10 September – 11h00-13h00 CEST, 📍 Online on zoom. ⏰ Register by 8 September.

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Going one step further: a call to bring youth voices and Palestinian land issues into the COP 27 conversations.

Going one step further: a call to bring youth voices and Palestinian land issues into the COP 27 conversations.

Climate change is one of the most significant challenges that humanity has faced in the last centuries.The Youth Green Deal (YGD) project, putting climate justice at the center of the cooperation in the Mediterranean area, organized an eco-camp in Palestine to build an eco-village. To make sure that there is hope for future generations it is important to raise the voice of young people on important platforms on matters such as climate change, oppression and non-violence.

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SCI keen to have International Peace Park in Penang

SCI keen to have International Peace Park in Penang

SCI Malaysia Penang Chapter wants to build an International Peace Park (IPP) that would become a place of peace and friendship for various cultural organizations to come together and have interactive sessions. They send a proposal to the state’s Chief Minister about this park and how it can promote peace and understanding.

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First Summer Workcamp for a long time in Sri Lanka

First Summer Workcamp for a long time in Sri Lanka

SCI Sri Lanka held a 10-days summer workcamp in Kudagama fishing village focused on educational activities for the children and the youth of the village in order to teach them English and motivate them to attend school every day. The purpose of volunteers was to bring much needed outside recognition and acceptance to the village community.

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Short-term summer camp

Short-term summer camp

SCI India West Bengal Group held a short-term camp focused on Environment, Health and Human Rights. They planted 600 Sonajhuri trees and also distributed 54 Mud apple trees. In addition they held awareness meetings, discussions with local youth, a drawing competition for the kids and cleaned a school campus.

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FUNding Peace training course

FUNding Peace training course

From 26th of June to 2nd of July in Belgium, 22 young people from 11 different countries participated in the FUNding Peace training course, part of FUNding Peace Project. The idea of this project was to connect young people in an open and supportive platform empowering them to exchange thoughts, ideas and experiences, connect with their European peers and SCI, map important topics and needs, share visions and work on their own project ideas.

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Call for Applications: International Training “Media (red)using stereotypes and divisions among youth”

Call for Applications: International Training “Media (red)using stereotypes and divisions among youth”

Are you a young person, youth worker, activist, or volunteer who is eager to enhance your understanding of media literacy, take an active role to promote intercultural dialogue, and combat hate speech and discrimination in the community you live in by using digital tools? The project: “Media (red)using stereotypes and divisions between youth” is for you! 📅 24-29th of September 📍 Durres, Albania ⏰ Apply by 1 September 2022

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Better Me, Better World, Global Development Education Project

Better Me, Better World, Global Development Education Project

In 2021-2022, SCI Hong Kong China works on the Global Development Education Project with three secondary schools to create a platform for students to work together across countries despite the limitations on international travel, to acquire knowledge, develop attitudes and skills as well as allow them to take actions towards creating an inclusive and just world. Read about the project!

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Learning Lab: the Chemistry behind Quality Non-Formal Education

Learning Lab: the Chemistry behind Quality Non-Formal Education

What is the formula behind quality non-formal education? Is it possible in a digital environment? 28 people from 9 different countries gathered to find this out from 7 to 14 July 2022 in the village of Emen, Bulgaria. The Learning Lab(oratory) Training Course was part of the project “Learning Lab(oratory): quality non-formal education in the digital world”.

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What’s in a story?

What’s in a story?

The Youth Green Deal project has been initiated by the MIDI working group together with partners from the South Mediterranean area and aims to mobilize young people to act against climate change through eco-volunteering. Hugo from SCI France tells us about their visual storytelling training course.

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Become a volunteer in a social rehabilitation center BASIDA in Spain!

Become a volunteer in a social rehabilitation center BASIDA in Spain!

Become a volunteer for BASIDA, an NGO that provides medical and psychosocial support to HIV-positive, drugs addicted people and others with special needs. The volunteer will participate in the everyday life of the Centre, socializing with its community. From 8 to 21 August 2022 in Aranjuez, Spain. Apply soon!

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Climate workcamps in Poland

Climate workcamps in Poland

In July, SCI Poland began their workcamp season, welcoming international volunteers to three camps: Trzcianka, Wydminy, and Lublin. Read more to know what they were about!

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The European Training Grassroots Change in Rome

The European Training Grassroots Change in Rome

The European training “Grassroots Change: Volunteering, leadership and emancipation through hands-on work and mentoring” took place in Rome in June 2022. For one week, 17 participants from 8 different countries, through non-formal education, discussed how to create change by reflecting, with a global perspective, on how organizations and local communities can benefit from volunteering experiences with a focus on climate change.

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Through education to social justice

Through education to social justice

In June, SCI Poland completed two long-term educational initiatives: the School of Solutions Journalism and the School of Climate Justice. Both of them consisted of a series of workshops organised for people who want to work for social justice — either through journalism or climate activism.

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Food distribution in Sri Lanka

Food distribution in Sri Lanka

Due to the massive economic crisis in Sri Lanka, some people don’t have enough money to feed themselves properly. Thanks to SCI India – Karnataka group relief fund donations, we were able to organise food distributions and hope to continue them in the months to come!

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Workcamp in project “Gotas de Agua” in Peru

Workcamp in project “Gotas de Agua” in Peru

Are you interested in environmental conservation work of a dry forest in Peru? Say no more! Participate in the workcamp by “GOTAS DE AGUA” in Jaén, Región de Cajamarca (Perú), from 25 July to 15 August 2022! Apply through your local organisation.

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SCI Italy is looking for 2 ESC volunteers!

SCI Italy is looking for 2 ESC volunteers!

If you are interested in both grassroots political activism and the world of project management, and you would like to improve your professional skills in social project and group management, this ESC project by SCI Italy is for you! From September 2022, for 12 months, in Rome (Italy). Read the call and apply by 30 June 2022.

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Service Civique at the International Secretariat of SCI – apply!

Service Civique at the International Secretariat of SCI – apply!

*Long-term opportunity for residents in France*: The International Secretariat of SCI, based in Antwerp, Belgium, is looking for one Service Civique volunteer to join their office as Project and Office volunteer. Read more and apply as soon as possible. Starting date: 5 September 2022, for 1 year.

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Vision Seminar: second workshop

Vision Seminar: second workshop

You are invited to the second event of the Vision Seminar series: What is the way to achieve peace today? Are volunteering and the International Voluntary Service still useful and relevant? 📅 Saturday, July 9 – 11h00-13h00 CEST, 📍 Online on zoom. ⏰ Register by 4th of July

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Polish workcamps are waiting for volunteers

Polish workcamps are waiting for volunteers

“Is it safe to come to Poland?” is a question many people are asking now, during the invasion of Ukraine, Poland’s neighbor. But don’t worry, the majority of the country does not fear the invasion, and life goes on as usual. If you are interested in ecological education and working with kids, either in a summer school or in a refugee center, apply now to support Poland !

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Join the Peace Education and Conflict Transformation team

Join the Peace Education and Conflict Transformation team

Thriving teams are built on healthy collaboration, clear and common purpose, trust and equal voice. Their members talk easily, listen to and learn from each other; they foster diversity, respect and shared accountability. Please consider joining the Peace Education and Conflict Transformation team.

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Beyond Neocolonialism Training

Beyond Neocolonialism Training

Are you interested in raising awareness for global injustices and how this is related to colonial history? Would you like to participate in the creation of campaigns with young people against neocolonialism? Join SCI Austria in this training course!
? 3 July and 17-23 July 2022 ? Online on Zoom, and in Austria or hybrid ⏰ Apply by 6 June!

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VCV needs your support!

VCV needs your support!

Volunteers’ Centre of Vojvodina (VCV), our Serbian branch, needs your help to survive! They have been organising peace projects for many years and they need to continue their valuable activities. Donate! Their goal is at least EUR 4.510…we can do it together!

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Second Raising Peace event

Second Raising Peace event

In April this year, IVP Australia held their second event under the banner of Raising Peace, dedicated to the topic of First Nations people. Watch the recordings if you missed it.

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Call for International Volunteers in Sri Lanka

Call for International Volunteers in Sri Lanka

Are you interested in environment awareness, educational support or local communities empowerment? Apply now and discover the beautiful country of Sri Lanka!
📅 July and August 2022 📍 Sri Lanka ⏰ Apply by 10 June!

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Launching the Vision Seminar and first workshop

Launching the Vision Seminar and first workshop

We are launching a series of 4 online workshops and a final seminar on a new vision for SCI, and you are invited to the first event: What does it mean to work for peace today, in the current context? 📅 Saturday, June 11 – 11h00-13h00 CEST, 📍 Online on zoom. ⏰ Register by 5th of June

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Living Library Week

Living Library Week

From May 4th to 13th, young people from Austria, Greece, Hungary, Spain and Italy participated in the Youth Exchange Living Library Week organized by SCI Italy in Rome at La Città dell’Utopia.

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Workshop on access to the public health system

Workshop on access to the public health system

On 10th May 2022 SCI Madrid and NGO Médicos del Mundo organized a workshop about the topic of Derecho a la Salud (Right to Health). The aim of the seminar was to explain how to achieve respect for the fundamental right to health and a life in dignity for every human being.

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We are looking for a project and office volunteer!

We are looking for a project and office volunteer!

The International Secretariat of SCI is looking for a Project and Office Volunteer to join the team in Antwerp (Belgium) from 20 June, for one year. The volunteer is supported by the European Solidarity Corps programme of the European Union. Check the call and apply by 18 May 2022!

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Communication volunteer wanted!

Communication volunteer wanted!

The International Secretariat of SCI is looking for a Communication Volunteer to join the team in Antwerp (Belgium) from 20 June, for one year. The volunteer is supported by the European Solidarity Corps programme of the European Union. Check the call and apply by 18 May 2022!

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Call for participants: Methods against war

Call for participants: Methods against war

This international seminar on antimilitarist education and protest is looking for participants! 1-6 June 2022 in Kosovo. If you are interested in the topic, read the call and apply before 6 May!

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Call for participants: training course FUNding Peace

Call for participants: training course FUNding Peace

We are opening applications for an in-person 6-day training course in De Hoge Rielen, Belgium. The FUNding Peace training course will connect 24 (future) project leaders in an open and supportive platform, empowering them to exchange ideas and boost their capacities to plan and implement successful international projects which are sustainable and inclusive. ⏰  Apply as soon as possible

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Online International Volunteering Fair #2

Online International Volunteering Fair #2

we are so happy to invite you to the second edition of our Online International Volunteering Fair on 9 May 2022, online on Gathertown – free entrance! Meet our organisations, discover all projects, and launch your volunteering experience with SCI!

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The Gender Effect

The Gender Effect

The Gender Effect is a training of trainers on gender education. During one week, 27 young professionals from all over Europe and beyond came together to explore, learn from and develop skills within the various aspects related to the topic of gender.

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Poet’tree

Poet’tree

Can trees leave a mark on humans’ lives? Read how to participate in this project from a volunteer in GAIA Kosovo that aims to bring awareness to deforestation problem through art and poetry rather than scientific facts.

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Youth leaders return to nature

Youth leaders return to nature

SCI MIDI working group together with SCI partners from Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine and Jordan is implementing the Youth Green Deal project. The project aims to bring together young activists from Mediterranean countries around environmental issues and promote environmental workcamps among young people.

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Free Medical Camp of SCI Bangladesh

Free Medical Camp of SCI Bangladesh

Rangabali is one of the most remote disadvantage rural areas of Bangladesh and due to its geographical location no primary medical services are available. 

SCI Bangladesh in collaboration with SCI Japan build a Mother and Child Care Center in Rangabali Patuakhali in 2017. In response to the continues request from local community and considering the need of the peoples of Rangabali SCI BD organized the 1st free medical camp. Read more.

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Screening-Discussion of a Life

Screening-Discussion of a Life

On 31 March, the film ‘Jiyan: la vie’ was screened at Ethnokino Bern. The movie is inspired by a true story of a 17 year old Syrian Kurd who arrived in Switzerland without his parents.

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Call for illustrator/designer

Call for illustrator/designer

We are looking for an illustrator who is motivated to support the design/ visual aspect in the creation of a new online course in project management! Read the call and apply by 25th of April 2022!

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RAP Project by SCI Italy

RAP Project by SCI Italy

From March 12th to 21st, young people from Poland, Greece, Slovenia, France and Italy participated in the Youth Exchange Rhythm And Power organized by SCI Italy in Rome at La Città dell’Utopia. Read more about this project.

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Raising Peace in Australia

Raising Peace in Australia

Raising Peace festival will continue in 2022! Learn more about this event, which will take place not only in Australia (Surry Hills) in person but also online!

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European Youth has landed in Innsbruck

European Youth has landed in Innsbruck

Thirty two volunteers and youth workers met in Mutters near Innsbruck on March 6th, 2022 and embarked on a very intense week organised by SCI Germany and SCI Austria. They discussed ecological ways of travelling and sustainability. Read more about the project.

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Local Living Library

Local Living Library

Living Library was a local event organised by SAVWA, that took place on 5th of March 2022.
In this unusual library people were the books, conversations replaced reading and difficult questions were expected, appreciated and encouraged. The ‘books’ represented social groups which face prejudice, discrimination or which have to deal with experiences that are difficult to talk about. Read more about this event.

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No war in Ukraine! No war anywhere!

No war in Ukraine! No war anywhere!

We express our solidarity with the people of Ukraine. In particular, we express our solidarity with and support for peace movements and peace activists in Ukraine, Russia and internationally, as they resist the war. 
Peace is a choice that all parties in the conflict must commit to now! Diplomacy is the only real method for conflict resolution! No to war in Ukraine!

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African regional camp coordinator training

African regional camp coordinator training

In January 2022, a Camp Coordinator Training took place in Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Workcamps Association (ZWA) hosted 27 current and future camp coordinators and group leaders from across Africa. It was the kick-off of the project Grassroots change: Volunteering, leadership and emancipation through hands-on work and mentoring, coordinated by SCI Catalunya. Read more about this training.

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CHAPTER Project

CHAPTER Project

« Chapter – Challenging propaganda through remembrance », is a project aiming at casting a light on propaganda before and during WWII, focusing on its role to enforce the concept of “enemy” – from national and ethnic groups to political opponents and social groups. Read about the implementation of the project and its phases.

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Flood Relief actions

Flood Relief actions

Torrential rains caused massive flooding in several areas in Malaysia. SCI Malaysia managed to provide 138 pairs of new shoes for children affected by the flood. Read about their project in this story.

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Youth Green Deal

Youth Green Deal

The Youth Green Deal project is delving into the theme of climate change. Organisations from both sides of the Mediterranean area wanted to put all their expertise together to improve and promote environmental workcamps as a tool to support climate change mitigation and regenerate biodiversity. Together they want to develop an eco-volunteering model that can inspire other organisations and build the organisations skills of all involved. Read more about this project.

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This House is on Fire: Seminar on political communication in SCI

This House is on Fire: Seminar on political communication in SCI

How to navigate this increasingly polarizing and political world of communication? What does it mean that silence is violence? We want to invite you to an online seminar: “This House is on Fire: Seminar on political communication in SCI”. It will take place online, between 15-20 February. Let’s discuss and develop new ideas!

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The International Human Rights Day observed by SCI India

The International Human Rights Day observed by SCI India

To commemorate International Human Rights Day SCI India organised a workshop for students. They discussed the meaning of human rights, the responsiblities and priviliges that they offer and ways in which these rights are violated. They shared the words about the evolution of our understanding of human rights and provided some insights on the situation in India and the actions that need to be taken to ensure our common safety and wellbeing. Read more about this event.

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International Volunteering Day in Malaysia

International Volunteering Day in Malaysia

SCI KL, Malaysia celebrated this year’s UN Volunteer Day with a special event. They presented a 8 feet custom made Peace Pole engraved with 8 different languages reflecting the diversity in Malaysia to Alfred and Projek Nasi Ahad volunteers. See the effects of their work and read more about the projects.

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Call for participants! MOVE: Mobility of Volunteering? Eco-friendly!

Call for participants! MOVE: Mobility of Volunteering? Eco-friendly!

We are looking for applications and participants for the second activity of the project MOVE, the “Landing and Spreading” seminar near to Innsbruck on March 6 – 13, 2022. The Project MOVE makes mobility a peace issue and considers the acute need to raise awareness and to promote critical reflection of current mobility choices in international volunteer projects and peace activities. Read the call and apply by 16 January 2022.

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Call for Illustrator/ Designer

Call for Illustrator/ Designer

Are you an illustrator or a designer with an experience in illustrating publications? Do you want to work for an organisation that promotes culture of peace? Then we are looking for you! Read more about this call and apply by 20th of December.

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Pierre Cérésole Awards 2021

Pierre Cérésole Awards 2021

Every year we award SCI branches’ projects that deserve special mention because of their innovative nature or the impact they achieved. Discover the Pierre Cérésole awards of 2021!

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SCI’s 82nd International Committee Meeting

SCI’s 82nd International Committee Meeting

The 82nd ICM took place from 1 to 7 December 2021, online for the third time. People connected from different time zones for 5 days of discussions and voting. We adopted new resolutions, a new Plan of Action and Budget, we have a new IEC team, and more!

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International Volunteering Fair

International Volunteering Fair

It’s time for a short recap of our International Volunteering Fair!

On Sunday, December 5th International Secretariat of SCI held its first online International Volunteering Fair on the platform GatherTown.

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Invitation for International Volunteering Fair

Invitation for International Volunteering Fair

We are very happy to invite you to SCI International Volunteering Fair on December 5th! This online fair will round up our 100th anniversary celebration, give you a glimpse of the global work done by SCI everyday and present you with many volunteering opportunities and inspirations.

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Conference of Polluters 26

Conference of Polluters 26

Robert Unwin, our long-standing volunteer and workcamper, participated in the events surrounding the 26th global United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). He shared with us three reports in which he details his experience.

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What is peace to you?

What is peace to you?

Peace is a complex and multidimensional topic and talking about it is not always easy. Join us on the journey to make it more accessible! We have recently developed a new tool for peace education – Peace Cards.

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Virtual Human Library in Malaysia

Virtual Human Library in Malaysia

In conjunction with International Day of Peace that takes place on 21st September annually, this year SCI Malaysia has organized a virtual Human Library with the aim of promoting conversations on volunteerism to better our understanding of diversity to help create more inclusive communities across cultural, religious, social, ethnic differences. The topics for this Human Library is Volunteering for Peace.

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From Dreams to Actions – where we are so far

From Dreams to Actions – where we are so far

On the 15th of September our long-awaited online training course ‘From Dreams to Actions’ has began!
Participants from 12 countries met on ZOOM for the first time to begin their journey towards effective peace work. They come from diverse backgrounds and they all joined together for this course, ready to share their unique experiences and grow together as changemakers for more a peaceful future.

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Welcome Erilda – our new Project and Campaign volunteer!

Welcome Erilda – our new Project and Campaign volunteer!

Erilda, our new Project and Campaign volunteer comes from Albania and joined the SCI International Secretariat in Antwerp. As she begins her journey with the SCI movement, she shares her thoughts, hopes and ideas for her long term volunteering project in Belgium.

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Welcome Anaïck – our new Office Volunteer!

Welcome Anaïck – our new Office Volunteer!

Anaïck, our new Office volunteer comes from France and joined the SCI International Secretariat in Antwerp. As she begins her journey with the SCI movement, she shares her thoughts, hopes and ideas for her long term volunteering project in Belgium.

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Welcome Kasia – the new Communication volunteer!

Welcome Kasia – the new Communication volunteer!

Kasia, a new communication volunteer from Poland, joined the SCI International Secretariat in Antwerp. As she begins her journey with the SCI movement, she shares her thoughts, hopes and ideas for her long term volunteering project in Belgium.

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Volunteering Projects Management seminar in Bulgaria

Volunteering Projects Management seminar in Bulgaria

This July, thirty-one youth workers, volunteers and activists from ten European countries participated in a “Volunteering Project Management” seminar organised by CVS-Bulgaria, the Bulgarian branch of SCI. They met in Dryanovo to promote the philosophy and values of volunteering and deepen their knowledge of the volunteer project management.

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Raising Peace: 100 years celebration

Raising Peace: 100 years celebration

IVP Australia, together with partner organisation, is organising the Raising Peace festival with the aims to celebrate and raise the profile of peace, to create opportunities for collaboration between peace organisations and to inspire young people to take action for peace. The festival will take place over 10 days: 16-26 September 2021 in Australia.

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A green lung in the heart of the city

A green lung in the heart of the city

GAIA Kosovo’s volunteers created a community garden in an urban space that was left unattended for a long time, bringing a new energy and bright natural colors to the whole area. The work on the garden generated interactions, conversations, new encounters and a lot of smiles between people from different generations, grandparents and young children, teenagers and adults.

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A One Day Festival to Celebrate Art

A One Day Festival to Celebrate Art

Volunteers at GAIA Kosovo organised a special Sunday fully dedicated to art, in the social and cultural place “Social Space for Deconstruction”. When people live their day to day life in a divided city, they sometimes need to rethink about what we, as humans, have in common, and the universal language of art can help us do that.

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Crowdfunding campaign for the youth center CK13

Crowdfunding campaign for the youth center CK13

Youth centre CK13 from Novi Sad, where Volunteers’ Centre of Vojvodina (SCI Serbian branch) is based since 2018, is launching a crowdfunding campaign with the aim of raising funds for the purchase of new audio equipment for the Black House 13.

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Change Makers online event

Change Makers online event

In the first edition of the Change Makers, six people shared their stories with the audience, on a broad range of topics: food sovereignty in Mesoamerica, Female Genital Mutilation, migration, squatting as a political need, defending indigenous rights through music and physical disability.

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Plants for Peace

Plants for Peace

IVP Australia wrote a report on their project called ‘Plants for Peace’ with the aim of environmental recovery after the catastrophic fires but also to help with mental health of traumatised residents.

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Can we challenge the past?

Can we challenge the past?

From 25th of June to 4th of July OWA Poland organised Remembrance Week in Poland. The project was called “CHAPTER. Challenging Propaganda Through Remembrance” and it aimed to cast a light on propaganda before and during WWII, focusing on its role to enforce the concept of “enemy” – from national and ethnic groups to political opponents and social groups.

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