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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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Training for camp coordinators in Africa

Training for camp coordinators in Africa

We are going to hold a residential African training course for camp coordinators focusing on the topic of gender and gender equality and its relevance in volunteer activities. The training course will take place in Harare, Zimbabwe from 23 to 30 January 2022. The applications have been closed. We are in the process of communicating with all applicants.

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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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Peaceweek against LGBTIQphobia in Barcelona

Peaceweek against LGBTIQphobia in Barcelona

SCI Catalunya organises the peaceweek “Strengthening the youth response against LGBTIQphobia” in Barcelona from the 16th to the 23rd of July. SCI youth workers from Germany, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Belgium, Ukraine and Albania can apply before the 1st of July.

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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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