Branching out: Activities

Branching Out_ (re)connecting ideas (1)-min.png




The Community Forum is a platform where participants exchange experiences, become inspired and increase their capacities for future work towards creating inclusive societies, facilitating intercultural dialogue and promoting volunteering as a tool for inclusion. The SCI branches will have the opportunity to invite local organization(s) they are interested in working with including any results from the 2017 workplan and inspire their future actions.

Community Forum.png

STUDY VISIT 8th June, Antwerp: CURANT - co-housing and case management for unnacompanied young adult refugees in Antwerp

During the Community forum, on 8th June, we will have a chance to visit a co-housing project of CURANT, an Antwerp-based initiative that focuses on integration of young refugees in Antwerp society.

"With this initiative, we want to ensure that young fugitives have the opportunity to rebuild their lives in Antwerp. Our first priority is the integration of these youngsters who, like all youngsters,  deserve that extra helping hand. Curant combines human compassion and social responsibility. We hope Antwerp can be a leading example for other cities."



Local activities will provide the pilot space to practice and experiment with some of the tools showcased during the community forum. The activities will be organised in a partnership with refugee groups/organisations, aiming to promote volunteering as a tool for inclusion and to facilitate intercultural dialogue in practice. Results: Organisations reflected about and experimented with (new) possibilities on how to systematically engage the target groups into volunteering opportunities.

Local Activities.png

In all corners of Europe diversity has been flourishing this summer: people in Hungary, Germany, Serbia, Armenia, Bulgaria, Italy and Catalonia were learning, sharing and creating a safe space for intercultural exchange within their local communities. Whether you are a local, an international volunteer or a newcomer – you could find your place and take part in different workshops, movie screenings, festivals and Human Libraries. It was all about bringing people together and connecting!

The projects’ focus is to enhance the connection between locals and minority groups, like refugees and asylum seekers, and we are happy to hear from SCI branches that things have been going well and that they have managed to create these events in cooperation with their local partners and volunteers.

 - Read more here -



The list is out! See which activities will be happening on which date and in which country. Feel free to stop by if you are around! :)



SCI Branch: SCI Germany (Munich)  Munich                

Event: Zuckerfest: Iftar-Cooking Event 



SCI Branch: CVS Bulgaria, Sofia                     

Event: Meeting in the Park: Park community event dedicated to the World Refugee Day (Facebook Event: here). Radio Promotion on Bulgarian National Radio (BG audio) with Katerina Stoyanova (CVS Bulgaria) and Margarita Spasova (Caritas Sofia) (Recording: here) and Report by bTV, with Katerina Stoyanova (CVS Bulgaria) in the interview (Upload of Stream: here). Luckily they created an impressive video about the event (Facebook Video: here).



CVS Bulgaria, Sofia       

Event: Human Library   Breaking stereotypes focusing on the positive side of migration - a palette of knowledge, skills and attitude, which bring colourful bridges between different cultures and give our own culture a vibrant diversity and colouring. (18:00 - 21:30) (Facebook Event: here). Radio Promotion with Katerina Stoyanova (CVS Bulgaria) on Bulgarian National Radio (BG audio) (Recording: here).



SCI branch: SCI CAT Barcelona, La Raval         

Event: Documentary Screening: Screening of the documentary "Los Muros de agua" which shows a critical view from the field on Greek islands Lesvos and Chios with testimonies that explain the situation of migrants, volunteers, activists and large NGOs. Discussion with the director, refugees and the audience. (21:00 - 00:00) (Facebook Event: here



SCI branch: Útilapu Hálózat Budapest            

Event: Community Fest: Human Library: Listening to stories of refugees - asking questions and getting to know your neighbor; Exhibition with drawings of minor refugees from all around the world; Activities with children and games; Bohemian Betyars (Accoustic Concert) (16:00 - 21:00) (Facebook Event: here


22 - 23/06/2018

SCI Branch: SCI Italy, Rome, La Città dell'Utopia

Event: No Border Fest Creating dialogue and strengthen the network to enhance social inclusion. Discussions, Music and activities dedicated to the topic of migration. (Facebook Event: here)


23 - 24/06/2018

SCI branch: CVS Bulgaria

Sofia, Museum of History of Sofia

Event: Solidarity Fest: Creating dialogue among individuals, different groups and generations. Performances, Workshops, Documentary Screening (Facebook Event: here). Radio Promotion with Katerina Stoyanova (CVS Bulgaria) and Margarita Spasova (Caritas Sofia) on Bulgarian National Radio (BG audio) (Recording: here). Report of the Solidarity Fest by TV Europe (Youtube Video: here). 



SCI branch: VCV Serbia

Event: Community Lunch + Exhibition "Roads" and artwork from an Afghan refugee, Panel discussion "Situation for Refugees in Serbia" with representatives from different organizations. Cooking workshop with Afghan Refugees, Community Lunch with different organizations and groups.(Facebook Event: here


01 - 09/07/2018

SCI branch: VCV Serbia

Event: Solidarity with refugees: Workcamp about community gardening and cooking event with refugees and locals. (read more about it here)



SCI branch: SCI Germany (Leipzig)

Leipzig, Querbeet Public Garden              

Event: Summerfest: Summerfest with talks, discussion and cooking 


20 - 22/07/2018

SCI branch: SCI Germany (Munich)

Event: Summerfest: Summerfest with music, cooking and various activities. (Facebook Event: here)


01 - 09/08/2018

SCI branch: ArmActive Youth Center

Event: Kinder Color Workcamp: Engaging youth for volunteering activities, intercultural exchange workshop, creative work (painting) in kindergarten 


12 - 26/08/2018

SCI branch: KVT Finland

Event: Culture Camp: Workcamp about gender identity including Finish Somali community in Helsinki. (Workcamp Description: here)


15/ – 16/09/2018

SCI branch: Útilapu Hálózat

Event: Kite Festival (Facebook Event: here)



SCI branch: VCZ Zagreb

Event: ‘’Taste, Sound and Images of Peace!’’ celebration of the International Day of Peace.



SCI branch: SCI Germany (Munich) Munich                  

Event: Human Library  


23 - 29 September

SCI branch: Útilapu Hálózat

Event: Bokreta festival: Printing workshops, jam sessions, city mapping games organized by Open Doors Hungary and Miradoor in Budapest, Hungary (Facebook Event: here) 



SCI branch: SCI Madrid

Event: City Tour with Refugee Families



SCI branch: KVT Finland

Event: Annual Volunteer Day of KVT Finland (Facebook Event: here)



SCI branch: SCI Germany (Munich) Munich                  

Event: Human Library 




The Strategic Planning Workshop is a place where SCI branches and other organizations will be able to discuss future strategies on working with young refugees/migrants and evaluate their past actions.

Strategic Workshop.png

The Strategic Planning Workshop is focusing to evaluate and conclude the Branching Out Project:

  • meet and reflect on knowledge, best practices and challenges experienced throughout the involvement in the Community Forum and the organization of the Local Activities during the summer 2018;
  • share best practices, tools and lessons learnt with the SCI movement in order to inspire other branches and partner organizations to take action towards more inclusive volunteer projects and events in SCI;
  • evaluate Branching out project in its whole;
  • discuss future strategies on engaging young refugees/migrants in SCI volunteering activities.




Diverse Communities: Visual Method Cards are an interactive and easy-to-use tool that can help when looking for ways to cherish diversity and to encourage intercultural dialogue among different groups or individuals in a local community or during international activity.


As an output of Branching Out: (re)connecting ideas, we proudly present an interactive tool - Diverse Communities: Visual Method Cards. The creation of this tool has been following our entire project. During the first activity - the Community Forum - we gathered proven best practices of the present Branches and their Local Partners. These practices facilitate dialogue among diverse groups and their introduction and preparation have been translated, by the Branching Out Project Team, into an easy to understand language. The tool is now available online - you can find the cards here and the instructions on how to use them here. The PDF Version is ready to be printed. We will be happy to hear from your stories where, when and how you used them. 

If you are interested to receive a hard copy with instructions and bag we are sure to manage somehow to bring them to the next international event. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a personal postage free shipping :)



This travel policy applies to all the activities of this project.