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[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

The Big School Walk Outs organised by School Strike for Climate Action

Dozens of my classmates and I have been striking from school to demand our politicians treat climate change for what it is – a crisis – and put an urgent end to terrible fossil fuel projects like Adani’s coal mine.

We’ve been striking a day a week throughout November. Now we’re inviting all of you – your kids, your friends, parents and anyone who cares about our future to join us at a BIG SCHOOL WALK OUT near you this Thursday and Friday.

Castlemaine school strikers Milou, 14 (left), Harriet, 14 (centre) and Nimowei, 14 (right).

Kids have organised school walkouts across the country – in every capital city, including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, and across regional Australia, from Townsville and the Whitsundays, to Lismore, Albury-Wodonga, Cygnet and more!
We have been overwhelmed by the support from people across Australia and overseas, flooded with media interest and had our hearts warmed to see how many people support us.

Now we need to take that support and channel it where it matters most – our politicians. We need to call them out for failing to protect us from climate change, and demand they stop dirty fossil fuel projects like Adani’s coal mine.

Find a big school walk out near you and join kids striking for urgent climate action.

At the walk outs, kids will speak about why they’re striking, we’ll play music and we’ll write letters to our leaders to demand they act now to #StopAdani and urgently stop more damage to our precious climate.

With just a decade left to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we are fighting for our futures. We may be too young to vote but we can still make our voices count. We are in a climate crisis yet our politicians prefer to side with rich mining companies like Adani than do what it takes to ensure a decent future for kids everywhere.

Us kids didn’t create this problem but we’re going to do whatever it takes to help fix it – and our politicians should too. We’re striking to show them how serious this has become.

The Big School Walk Outs are independent events organised by School Strike for Climate Action. Join us at your nearest walk out this Thursday and Friday.
See you soon!


Harriet, School Strike for Climate Action

International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected.  The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.

SDG 16

Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape and a sustainable environment will help promote peace.


2018 Theme: “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”

The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

The Universal Declaration – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages – is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted.

“It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document.” — Secretary-General António Guterres

The Universal Declaration states in Article 3. “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” These elements build the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Yet, the Universal Declaration does not include a separate article on “Right to Peace”. This is why we ask you this year:

What does “The Right to Peace” mean to you? Share your ideas with us through #peaceday and #standup4humanright.

In the lead up to the International Day of Peace on 21 September, we call upon all to take action.

You can support SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions by seeking  peaceful resolution of conflict when disagreements arise around you.  You can be part of the solution by taking small steps. You can prevent an injustice at school or in your community by adopting a non-violent approach to problem solving and reporting potential crimes, including online bullying.

You can promote human rights by collecting and promoting videos of as many articles as possible in as many languages as possible. Record yourself reading one of the 30 articles of the Declaration in any of the 135 languages currently available and share your video with your friends.

You can engage by speaking up when others are at risk and stand with others’ human rights at work, in school and around the dinner table.

You can reflect how each of us can stand up for rights, every day.

Human rights are everyone’s rights.

Bio-Blitz : Jenolan Caves / 23-25 November 2018


Jenolan Caves

23-25 November 2018

Unleash your inner scientist with 3 days of wildlife surveys.

You can be part of the IVP team helping to organise this event.

The focus will be on Koalas, Quolls, Phascogales, Frogs, Gliders and some cave life. There will be several ecologists in the team and under their guidance you will: check for platypus in the morning, look for scats and tree hollows in the daytime, learn how to record sightings, go spotlighting in the evening.

For IVP volunteers will help with registrations and recording of sightings, as well as take part in the bio-blitz.  The work will commence at 10am on Friday and finish around 4pm on Sunday.  IVP can provide transport from Mt. Victoria Station so let us know if you need this.  Other options if you don’t have a car are here:

Cost for IVP volunteers:  $20, $10 for students, includes dorm style accommodation and food, group leader, extra activities and hanging out with ecologists.  You must be a current member of IVP to be covered by insurance for this event.

Please fill out the application form here.  More detailed information will be provided after your application is accepted.

You can also simply register as a member of the public to take part in the bio-blitz on Saturday or Sunday.  For that you register through to the Jenolan Caves website.

This is a joint project of International Volunteers for Peace and Glideways.


[Sci-exchange] Coastal Village camp

Coastal Village camp
This project is part of the SCI North South Programmes. Volunteers should be 20 years old, have previous volunteering experience and take part in the Preparation Workshops organised by their sending branch. More details from your sending branch.

Purpose of extra costs:
Inclusion: Food for 3 meals a day, accommodation, camp’s material, local transport within the project period, construction cost (if any), and administration charge. Exclusion: Health and travel insurance, personal expenses on free day, public transport from airport to meeting point and vice versa.
Required Language:
Spoken Language:
Camp Photo
Description: Bantaeng is located in the southern part of the province of South Sulawesi and has mountain and wide seas. Most of Bantaeng people work either as a farmer in mountain area such as vegetables, fruits, rice etc or seaweed farmer near the coast. The process of cultivating and harvesting seaweed has developed in Bantaeng as an accessible alternative for fishing communities.Therefore, the volunteers will give international support and help this community. Further, on other aspects in education for example, creating workshop intercultural exchange in classes after the exams and helping students preparing PORSENI (a yearly sport and art event after examination day).

Type of Work: The work will be divided into 2 (two) main activities and some additional activities in some afternoon. The main activity for the first week will be in the school during the day. We will work together with high school students to prepare PORSENI (a yearly sport and art event after examination day) and create workshop intercultural exchange. While the second week, our work will be focused on supporting seaweed farm community and help them to cultivate the seaweed.

Study Theme: Multi cultural exchange and International dinner will be held by the end of the workcamp, while volunteers also will have free time every day. Volunteers can used it to talk or learn about Indonesian or Muslim culture in the village or do local excursion. Volunteers will be work in a group to create workshop intercultural exchange and international solidarity/recognition including preparing their PORSENI event.

Accommodation: Bantaeng shelter (rent house), mattress and self-cooking. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Approximate Location: Bantaeng, South Sulawesi

Notes: Bring international ingredients or something small from their country for culture exchange and be ready with many ideas for games and competition for senior high school students and some knowledge about international solidarity/recognition as we will conduct workshop.

UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers – Bahrain 2018

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 30 years old concerned in World Heritage preservation. Volunteers are invited to work on a variety of programs from (09-20 / November /2018) in two UNESCO sites as bellow;
 – (Qal’at al-Bahrain):
 – (Pearling Path):
Fee (250 Euro) will covered all the bellow costs (more details in application) :
- Accommodation (4-5 Stars Hotel, 2-3 beds in each room)
– Airport Assistant and transportation from/to 
- Foods ( 3 Meals)

 – Schedule site visit ‪‬ ‬
Mohammed Bukamal
AH Foundation

​ Sustainable Food Production training in India, 16-25 Nov 2018

IVP offers an opportunity for one of our members to take part in a training in Sustainable Food Production to take place in Kundapur, India from 16-25 November.


Cost of flights will be covered for suitable applicant.

During the training participants will produce a DESIGN and ACTION PLAN which they will implement during the 9 months follow up period. During this period they will be expected to participate in regular (every 4-5 weeks) online meetings. They will also receive Modules/ Information Packs and an assignment each month. There will be feedback, question time, review and reporting of progress and challenges.

Candidate must have a confirmed location to implement their project (school garden, community garden, kitchen garden, small plot).  They must be able to follow up with on-line modules and carry out impact assessment with the support of IVP.

For more details, contact Rita Warleigh:  +61450900276

Sustainable food production 

During the training participants will produce a DESIGN and ACTION PLAN which they will implement during the 9 months follow up period. During this period they will be expected to participate in regular (every 4-5 weeks) online meetings. They will also receive Modules/ Information Packs and an assignment each month. There will be feedback, question time, review and reporting of progress and challenges.

We are looking for a candidate who:

– has a confirmed location to implement their design (school garden, community garden, kitchen garden, local food project, small plot, etc)

– can follow through with support of IVP

– has access to Internet to attend online meeting every four to five weeks

– can do the requested assignments



This two-year project unites formal and non-formal education through the work with the Technological University of Santa Fe, Argentina and cooperation with Universities for visibility events and Impact measurement correlation.  It will involve 33 IVS organisations from 28 countries in 5 regions.  It engages volunteers with local communities to work on grassroots projects that combine manual work and awareness raising actions to address issues such as: climate change, carbon offset, environmental sustainability, protection of ecosystems, water and soil management and conservation. (more detail available).


The aims & objectives of this project are:

 To develop IVS organisations’ youth workers and trainers capacity of acting as

multipliers in their regions and in their organisations

 To raise awareness of the work of the IVS network on Climate Justice and towards the

attainment of the SDGs through providing spaces and data for visibility and networking

on an international & local level


Volunteering to create a network of knowledge through ecological & sustainable practice.

As part of the International Voluntary Service (IVS) movement, we consider climate justice as an inevitable brick in building a sustainable future and creating a just and fair society. Our members, projects and activities stretch across the globe, uniting people of all ages and backgrounds. IVS projects and activities are a powerful tool to support local communities worldwide and allow reallocation of resources and capacities. By taking active steps against climate change and demonstrating solidarity with most vulnerable population groups and peoples, we assume our responsibility in the global sustainability challenge and seek to do our part in attaining climate justice.


Join the IVS for Climate Justice Programme – Organise a Climate Justice Workcamp!

Dear Friends,


We are happy to share that this year we are launching the new common call for projects focusing on Climate Justice.

A simple way for the IVS movement to raise awareness about our work is to showcase the projects we do very well. As such we invite you to choose one of your best practice camps related to environment / sustainability / climate justice / climate change and join this workcamp to the IVS for Climate Justice annual campaign for 2018!


You can read all about the work of the IVS movement for Climate Justice on this page:


To find out more about how you can add your workcamps to the comon campaign – read the document attached to this email.


Best wishes



CCIVS Director

NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee Vice President for Youth and Public Relations

1, rue Miollis
75015 Paris, France
Tel. +33 1 45684936


Twitter @ccivs_volunteer  @raising_peace

BRIDGES – Building Relationships that Increase Diversity to Gain Environmental Sustainability


Building Relationships that Increase Diversity to Gain Environmental Sustainability

The focus of the BRIDGES initiative is to bring volunteers from across Australia and around the world to assist in the restoration of an endangered ecological system, preserving Australia’s unique beauty.  Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala (K2W) is a landscape link in the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative comprising 319, 200 hectares of biologically rich landscape supporting vulnerable and endangered native Australian species. As part of the NSW Bushconnect program, rural communities in the K2W area have set about increasing threatened species awareness, restoring connectivity, enhancing habitat quality, and monitoring native species at risk.  For this project IVP volunteers will assist at remote sites to enhance target species habitat by providing food, shelter and nesting resources over a two week period.  An intensive, two week project incorporating remote sites will greatly increase K2W program outcomes. Additionally participants will be assisting with activities that work to halt biodiversity loss on land helping to meet United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 15.

Approximately 44% of Australia’s forests and woodlands have been cleared leading to significant habitat fragmentation affecting the viability of biodiversity and conservation outcomes.  Fragmentation is a major threat to connectivity along The Great Eastern Ranges (GER).  The GER initiative, along with a score of similarly continental scaled projects aim to restore connectivity across all forms of land tenure. This a relatively recent development, and GERI (underway since 2012) is at its forefront. Without connectivity native species cannot move across the landscape to find resources, or extend their range in response to climate change.  Connectivity is vital to species dispersal.  Lack of dispersal can lead to species isolation which increases risk of extinction.  There are multiple endangered and vulnerable species in need of conservation in the GER, including the spotted-tailed quoll and the Squirrel glider.  Volunteers are essential to these re-connectivity activities. BRIDGES will introduce volunteers to this vision on the ground.

If interested in this initiative please contact IVP Australia ( to register your details for an up coming camp.

For further information

About Us – The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative
The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GER) brings people and organisations together to protect, link and restore healthy habitats over 3,600km, from western Victoria through NSW and the ACT to far north Queensland.
Vision. The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative brings people and organisations together to protect, link and restore healthy habitats over 3,600km, from western Victoria through NSW and the ACT to far north Queensland.
United Nations Association of Australia. Informing, inspiring and engaging Australian’s regarding the work, goals and values of the United Nations
Australia State of the Environment 2016 is a comprehensive national assessment of the state of the Australian environment. Written by independent experts, it is an analysis of the best available evidence to give us a clear picture of what is going well and where we need to focus our efforts.


Kanangra Walls Courtesy of K2W-1
planting with K2W

[SCI-exchange] workcamp Teisani-Olteni Village Festival

Dear partners all around the world,


We are proud to announce you 

the 3rd edition of our workcamp in Teisani, Romania.

Teisani-Olteni Village Festival

lease promote

this workcamp

to your motivated volunteers.

This project is already uploaded in OPS.
If you need further information, don’t hesitate to ask.Have a nice day 😊

Placement Officer
Service Civil International Romania

Telefon: +4 0748 097 514