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IVP Newsletter – April 2020

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– What is International Voluntary Service (IVS)?
– Australian Workcamps and Projects
– International Peace News from SCI

Fire Recovery Project: Medium Term Volunteers needed

MTV Project description

International Volunteers for Peace in cooperation with Blaze Aid
Fire recovery project. Milton / Lake Conjola
Start: mid March to early April 2020
Length of project: two to three months with possible extension
3 volunteers required

IVP strives to create paths to peace through intercultural cooperation. IVP is entirely volunteer run. This project is in collaboration with and managed by Blaze Aid.

Background to the project

Blaze Aid is a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the rural families, our volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed.

Lake Conjola and the surrounding area was badly affected during the recent catastrophic fires. Many people lost their homes, farm buildings, animals, fences, livelihood. The community suffers ongoing deep trauma.

Description of the work
This is a call for experienced team leaders who can stay for a minimum of two to three months. You will be trained on the requirements once at the site. There will be changing local and international volunteers who will be there for shorter periods and need to be managed in teams in the field. Your task will be to manage the teams and you do not need building skills: the main task of the field teams is rebuilding fences.

Hours of work: For fencing team leader the schedule is 7am for breakfast and back home by 4pm. The work continues 7 days a week but free days can be scheduled by arrangement.
There is also other work such as assisting with coordination of the project which is more admin type work. Assistant coordinator might be longer hours however that will include very little physical work.
There may be the possibility to negotiate with local community to set up other volunteer opportunities such as re-building gardens.

Practical information
Living conditions. Caravan most likely but possibly a tent. If you can bring your own tent that will be great but otherwise IVP can supply a tent, bed and bicycle. Showers, electricity and meals will be supplied.

Useful numbers and addressees: The camp site will be at Milton on the South Coast of NSW. Travel directions, meeting point and contact details of responsible people will be supplied.

What to bring: Sleeping bag, work clothes: long sleeve shirts and trousers, solid boots. Warm clothes as it will be going into Winter. Swimming gear as you will be near the beach/lake.

Skills: This is serious work and we can only take people who have are willing to work hard. We are looking for experienced workcamp leaders who can stay for an extended period. Minimum two months. You will need to be fit and able to learn new skills and direct others. Building skills useful but not essential. International Drivers Licence will be useful.

[Sci-announce] 10th GMLTV – a platform where NGOs working to promote long and mid term volunteering meet.

The GLMTV is an important event for all International Voluntary Service (IVS) NGOs as it
provides a platform where NGOs working to promote long and mid term volunteering meet.

⚫ The only place to meet many partner organizations of LMTV/ EVS

⚫ The best chance for sharing know-how and best practice on LMTV/ EVS

⚫ The right moment to work together on global standards and actions

Dear Friends
Please find attached the call for the 10th Global LMTV Meeting (GLMTV) which will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2019 November 21st-25th co-organized by ALLIANCE, CCIVS, NVDA and SCI, hosted by MOVE together with SCI Malaysia.
Please read the call for all details!
Best wishes
CCIVS Director
1, rue Miollis
75015 Paris, France
Tel. +33 1 45684936
Instagram @ccivsvolunteer
Twitter @ccivs_volunteer  @raising_peace

World Heritage Volunteers – Bahrain – 2 seats available

Dear All,

In the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers initiative. Opportunity exists with the ARAB HOUSE FOUNDATION under Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities , for International volunteers between 18 to 35 years old concerned in World Heritage preservation.

Volunteers are invited to work on a variety of programs from (22 Nov – 2 Dec 2019) in two UNESCO sites as bellow;

– (Qal’at al-Bahrain): ‪

– (Pearling Path): ‪

Fee will covered all the bellow costs (more details in application) :

Accommodation (4-5 stars hotel)

Airport Assistant and transportation from/to

Foods ( 3 Meals)

Schedule site visit ‪‬ ‬

If you are interesting you can apply via contacting

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August’s edition of our Peace Connection newsletter


August 2019

Welcome to August’s edition of our Peace Connection newsletter!
There are some new faces in SCI. There are also quite a few calls open so take a look and see if there is one for you. See you in October!
Join us for an International Campaigning Training!

We are happy to open the call for participation in the third and final activity of the project Gendered Realities: Work Plan for 2019 funded by EYF.

The activity consists of an International Training in Campaigning and will take place in Rome (Italy), on 19th – 24th November 2019.

If you are interested in becoming an effective campaign strategist, check the call for further information and apply through the online form by 18th August 2019!

Say hello to Federica and Esther! 

We’d like to welcome Federica and Esther as new long-term volunteers of SCI International Secretary! They arrive from Italy and Spain respectively.

Federica will be mainly responsible for the project Gendered Realities and Esther will work on internal and external communication with a specific focus on our 100 year celebration.


ABCD – Art for balanced Culture and Diversity

The ABCD training took place last week from 22.7. till 27.7 in a youth hostel in Antwerp, Belgium. An international group of 27 participants gathered to learn more about how art tools can enhance inclusion and cultural diversity.
Together they discovered different art forms like theater, collage, rap, installation… and how they can support inclusive processes. It was all about thought  provoking discussions about certain topics as well as creative group works. In the end there was a performance in a big park to get involved with the public and make them think about topics like environmentalism, refugees or social media.

More information will be shared soon!

Exchange Platform Meeting 2019

Exchange Platform Meeting (EPM) will take place from 13th to 19th October in Durres, Albania!

You can already register to the meeting here. Register soon, even if you don’t know the name of the person who will represent your organisation yet, so that logistical arrangements can be made.

The first mailing gives you information on the draft agenda and list of topics, documents to review, WG preparation and as well as important information on funding and travel support.

Looking for a new Tech Volunteer!

The International Secretariat is currently looking for a Tech LTV!

The Tech LTV would work with the Tech Coordinator on the following: providing technical support to the IS and the movement, creating and updating documentation, supporting the maintenance and creation of web platforms and managing emails and mailing lists. The placement would be for one year.

To apply, please send the form both to Morgane ( and Marie (

The sending organization will be SCI France. Read the call here.

Call is open for a Team to work on ‘The decline of volunteers and workcamps’

The tasks of the team will be: review of current reports within and outside SCI related to the topic (e.g. work done by BEES); prepare a workshop for this years EPM (objective could be to identify problems and discuss good practices, make a plan how to continue); ideally; identify good practices and strategies to address the issue; and disseminate them within SCI.

If you are passionate about the topic and you have some spare hours before October please send a mail describing shortly your motivation and/or ideas to by the 11.8.2019.

Paradise-birds (NL-VIA looking for volunteers)

Dear placement-officers

They are sometimes called ‘paradise-birds’ in the Netherlands. This is an umbrella-name for people who live ‘at the edge’ of Dutch society, be it homeless ones, people with drugs or other addiction (past) or refugees/sans papiers. Emmaus is an international movement (like SCI) who provides a daily volunteer work-schedule and often also a place to live for those paradise-birds.

At the same time Emmaus is selling second-hand goods and the profit is either going to the Emmaus living and working community or to projects in the global South. In line with the solidarity-mission of Emmaus and those of SCI, VIA-NL is organizing a project at Emmaus Langeweg.

At the moment VIA-NL is urgently looking for volunteers for this project. Detailed information can be found at

Please help us to find volunteers for this special project! Thanks in advance…..



Warm Regards,

Stichting VIA
The Netherlands

Opportunity for an Internship in Belgium

Opportunity for an Internship in Belgium. Are you interested in joining the IVP volunteer team? We are looking for a candidate aged between 18-30 to help out here in Australia as well as being offered an interview for an 8-month post in our multi-cultural International Secretariat in Antwerp, with travel and accommodation covered. The skill level required is quite high (see link) and whoever we recommend for this position would also have to be involved with IVP here before and after the overseas post.


SCI E-zine: February 2019 – workcamp edition

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Your workcamp is waiting!

Welcome to the start of the workcamp season! Workcamps are being uploaded daily to and we can wait for you to have a look. Enjoy reading about some of our newest opportunities and choose the one that excites you most.
Make sure send us fun pictures of your experiences! :)

Capacity building and human library in Hong Kong (March)

SCI Hong Kong is working with seven secondary schools in Hong Kong on a Global Education project.

Non-formal education methods are used and activities in these workshops include story drawings, invisible theatre.
Volunteers will assist in running the program, including preparation of food and workshops.
During the program volunteers will also visit two schools to conduct a Human Library in which volunteers will become a human book.

Who doesn’t like to read? Find more details here.

Rome International Soup Festival (April)

“La Città dell’Utopia” (The City of Utopia) is a project of SCI Italy located in San Paolo district, Rome. The project is an experiment in creating active citizenship and local development. Different events, initiatives, workshops concerning the topics of interculturality, sustainable lifestyle and active citizenship take place here.

Fancy some soup? Read more about the project here.

Community life in Northern Ireland (May)

This project has been gathering SCI volunteers since 1975! It is a residential and day activity centre, owned by Harmony Community Trust, near to Strangford in Northern Ireland. They need help with setting up and assisting with the annual fundraising Open Day on Sunday 2nd June.

“I left feeling that I understood very little of the complexities that have engulfed Northern Ireland for centuries. Glebe House makes the need for understanding more about the future than the past.”

Read more about the workcamp here and also a story from a former volunteer here!

Art and culture in Portugal (June)

VILA ArtFest is a celebration of all types of art worked and explored by the people from the youngest village in Portugal – Lousada. Every year in June, the city hall promotes the sharing and demonstration of different types of art. During this month, the local artists can share their work with the local and tourists. This year, VILA ArtFest wants to go further and challenge new artists from other communities and nationalities to create and celebrate different kinds of art.

See more information here.

Sustainable lifestyle in Germany (July)

In the age of climate change and global injustice, we ask ourselves if we have to change our consumption-oriented and resource-wasting lifestyle.
There is an interesting workcamp in Germany that tackles these challenges, explores a simple life by work in the fields and botany.

Click here for more information.

Environment protection in Siberia (July)

Interested in environment protection?
There is an interesting workcamp in Eastern Siberia!

International volunteers together with local volunteers will be engaged in the construction of an international youth camp on Bournina Island in Irkutsk Region (Russian Federation).

You can read more here.

[Sci-announce] Reminder: Extension Call for EPM Prep-team till 13 February

Dear friends,

This is a reminder to sign-up to be part of the EPM 2019 Prep-team. I have received a few expressions of interest, but kindly ask anyone who is still interested to get in touch. Unfortunately, there are not enough members in the prep-team yet to support such a large and important meeting, meaning there is a possibility EPM will not occur this year.

The deadline is 13 February 2019. We look forward to your applications.

Thank you,

Chantal Doran
Communication and Volunteer Coordinator
SCI International Secretariat

Belgiëlei 37
2018 Antwerpen, Belgium
Skype address: sci-is-communication