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Raising Peace – Reunion and celebration of 100 years of SCI – Peace Festival

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International Volunteers for Peace invite you for the

Reunion and celebration of 100 years of SCI

Peace Festival

Sunday 20th September: 2pm to 8pm
107 Project, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern

What’s happening and why? SCI is 100 years old in 2020. This is an invitation to a reunion for IVP members and a celebration of IVP’s contribution to peace. Meet old friends, exchange memories, be inspired by what is happening in the field of peace.

But wait, there’s more! The Peace Festival will be a public event and many other peace groups will join us with stalls and exhibitions, movies, speakers. The Nobel Peace Prize medal will be on display. There will be activities, music and refreshments. An fantastic exhibition celebrating peace will be on display at the same venue from 20th Sept to 4th Oct. More details will be provided on the IVP website closer to the date including a detailed program and booking information.

How can you help?
Put it in your diary and commit to being there.
Get in touch to offer assistance and help shape the event.
Renew your membership before or at the event.
Make a donation towards the event.
Volunteer at the event. Help out with refreshments or with your event management or marketing skills.
We are making a big effort to contact all previous IVP members and need your help with that too. Please spread the word to anyone you know who was once associated with IVP as well as your friends and networks.

COVID-19 restrictions may impact on the event and if necessary we will postpone it, but the event will go ahead. A decision on postponement will be made in the next few weeks.

Organised by: International Volunteers for Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (NSW), who both celebrate 100 years in 2020, and the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network.

Participating organisations: International Campaign Against Nuclear weapons, SEARCH Foundation, Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition, Pax Christi, PEN Sydney, Marrickville Peace Group, The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education, Pace e Bene, Medical Association for the Prevention of War, Teachers Federation, Wage Peace, United Nations Association of Australia, Peacifica, Quakers.

Contact: raisingpeace2020@gmail.com

IVP
103A Goldsmith Street,
Goulburn NSW 2580
Australia
E: admin@ivp.org.au

[Sci-exchange] ONLINE CAMP: Wikipedia for Peace: No More War!

Dear friends,

We gladly present you our first online camp “Wikipedia for Peace: No More War!”, which will take place from the 12th to the 19th of June.

We are now looking for the participants from all over the world, who are interested in working on the Wikipedia articles about peace, non-violence and antimilitarism.

The only requirements for the participants are:

– Age from 16 to 99,

– Good Internet connection,

– Laptop,

– Letter of motivation.

More information about the workcamp can be found via the link: https://bit.ly/3c00T4O

SCI Switzerland will not charge any additional fees for organizing the camp. Swiss residents will be asked to pay a membership fee but no participation fee will be charged.

In case of any questions you are welcome to contact me through e-mail: placement@scich.org

AGM Notice – 17 May 2020

All IVP members and friends are invited to attend
Saturday 2pm, 17 May 2020
Place: JOIN US on Google Meet!

Agenda:
1. Minutes of the last AGM
2. Annual reports
3. Election of new Committee
The following positions are declared vacant and nominations are called:
– Convenors (2)
– Secretary
– Treasurer
– Webmaster/Promotion
– Up to 3 Ordinary members
– Public Officer

We look forward to meeting you online. Keep up the volunteering!

IVP Newsletter – April 2020

The latest edition of IVP’s newsletter, The Flying Penguin, is now available! Click here to view.

Contents:
– 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. https://champagneandskittles.com/2020/03/04/from-drought-to-fire-and-flood/?fbclid=IwAR2Sm2LmwjYsDYXWBBk3evD4yb9L9WdWgHbmlplXugu33i_zwr1PycxPqD4

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.