|Dear Friends, festive welcome to the last Peace Connection of this year! A lot has happened in December – from 82nd International Committee Meeting to a first online International Volunteering Fair. We published new resources and education tools, awarded some amazing projects from our Branches and resumed the SCItizen subscription. We also would like to thank everyone who contributed to our democratic process at ICM and to promoting volunteering for peace in 2021.
And there is so much to look forward to in the year 2022 – a new chapter in our long history!
82nd International Committee Meeting took place!
Pierre Cérésole Award is an annual accolade given to branches’ projects that deserve special mention because of their innovative nature or the impact they achieved. This year the award was given to SCI Malaysia for the category “Promotion of SCI values and history” with their project “99+1 Nasi Ahad”
International Volunteering Fair
, to amazing organisers of workshops and activities as well as all the Branches and Partners who contributed ther ideas to the platform and spread the news all over social media!
A new tool for activists – Street action kit
Call for a designer/illustrator: spread the word
We are looking for an illustrator or a designer who will help with the visual aspect of the practical handbook on gender for coordinators of SCI activities. If you know potential candidates with experience illustrating publications – and ideally some familiarity with the topic of gender, peace, and/or with the work and values of SCI – don’t hesitate to share this call with them or with the public through your communication channels!
Support what matters this holiday season!As the year 2021 is slowly coming to its end we would like to once again encourage you to support the international work of SCI. Donate to keep the movement strong and represented all over the world. Subscriptions will help to support our international work and 20% of the income will be allocated to branches in need.
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Job Description: The task will be to recruit a number of other volunteers to fill roles required by the organisation. Specific tasks are:
• Update existing material on our shared drive, including recruitment processes and flow chart for responses
• Collaborate with committee to write job description for various volunteer positions as required
• Write and place advertisements in suitable places including online
• Record responses and liaise with committee on selection criteria
• Assist with selecting and interviewing applicants
• Review and update volunteer orientation resources
• Administration and database management
• Good communication skills
• Interviewing skills
• Training or experience in HR
Type of work
Administration & Office Management
Skilled Volunteers, Work Experience
Regular – more than 6 months
**Induction and support:** An orientation will be provided and an induction to existing systems. Support from other volunteers will be readily available. Your ideas on improving our current systems will be welcome.
Flexible, up to 4 hours per week
Live in and help out for 12 days at Goulburn Agricultural and Horticultural Society annual show.
Join a team of 6 volunteers from Sat 26th February – Thurs 10th March 2022
Participation: $75 (covers food, accommodation, insurance, camp leader, sightseeing).
Host: Goulburn Agricultural, Pastoral and Horticultural Society began in 1880. They organise the Goulburn Show each year, showcasing the very best of agricultural produce, local creative talents, school artwork and related activities. Goulburn Show is one of the largest community events in the region. www.goulburnshow.com.au
Volunteer work: For the volunteers it will be fun and rewarding to work with local community-minded people. The Show will take place on 5th and 6th March 2022. You will work behind the scenes and help put the Goulburn Show together, set up infrastructure for the show and pack away afterwards. The work will be approximately 7 hours per day with tasks as required, mostly physical with some moderate lifting. The work is quite physically demanding so please do not apply unless you are happy to work and take initiative. Together with local volunteers, the work will include erecting tables, setting up displays, fencing, laying carpets, packing and unpacking, raking up straw in the animal enclosures and more. During the two days of the Show you will help for a few hours, on a rotating roster, to run an information stall for IVP.
Study theme: There will be a short workshop on peace at the personal and community level.
Cultural activities: You will have free tickets to the Show. You will learn about agricultural issues, in particular wool growing which has an important place in the history of Australia and Goulburn. There will be a whole day sightseeing trip, possibly to Canberra, and time after work for local sightseeing / shopping. Local IVP volunteers will assist with transport and sight-seeing where possible. You will meet local people and may be invited to visit farms and there will be opportunities to see local wildlife and a variety of farm animals.
Accommodation: The team will live together in a small building at the showground. Stretchers, mattresses, sheets, pillows and blankets will be supplied. There will be a roster for shopping, cooking and cleaning. Toilets, showers and a washing machine are in the building. The town centre is a 20-minute walk away and there you can find supermarkets, post office, cinema, nature walks and a swimming pool.
Arrival and departure: Nearest international airports are Sydney and Canberra, from there it would be train or bus to and from Goulburn Railway Station, which is conveniently located in the centre of town. Detailed information about train times will be given closer to the start of the workcamp (in case of change of timetable). Please aim to arrive in the afternoon of 25th February 2022. On arrival there will be a group welcome and orientation to get to know Goulburn, the project and your hosts. There will be a walk around the grounds to familiarise you with the surroundings. Work will start from Monday 28th March and will finish on Tuesday 8th March. The next day Wednesday 9th March there will be an evaluation, excursion and farewell barbeque with the local volunteers. Thursday 10th March is the final day, time to wind down, pack up, you can plan to leave any time on this day that suits you.
What to bring: Wide brimmed sun hat, closed work shoes/boots and appropriate work clothes. The weather can be very changeable, one moment very hot and the next, a cold snap, so bring clothes for all climates, including possible rain. We will have some emergency clothes in case you can’t carry clothes for all possibilities. We will also have sunscreen and you must wear it as the sun in Australia is ferocious and you can develop preconditions for skin cancer with 10 mins exposure in the middle of the day.
Requirement: You will be working with children during the camp, therefore the Australian authorities require you to have a Working With Children Check. Please, apply for that online here, prior to arriving in Goulburn. Keep your application number, because you will have to report that on arrival.
To apply, contact IVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Coordinator: Rita Warleigh email@example.com
The Raising Peace festival was held from 16th to 26th of September 2021. 30 organisations were involved with 37 events taking place via Zoom over the 11 days. There were a variety of topics related to peace, such as disarmament, environment, women, militarisation, healing the past, youth, international diplomacy, cross-cultural understanding, arts, finding personal and community peace, non-violence, education, First Nations and a special session on Afghanistan. There were 100 different presenters and speakers and over 1000 people participated, mainly from Sydney but we also had people tuning in from Malaysia, Philippines, India, Africa, Europe and other places. All the sessions were recorded and are available on the website: raisingpeace.org.au.
To quote from some of the responses:
Bronwen: This was truly the most magnificent event. I am so impressed with the skills and steadfastness I experienced along the way, to the generosity of so many and the most incredibly informative and interesting outcome.
Tim (UNAA): Your initiation of the idea of such a festival in early 2020 was inspirational, and your perseverance through all the restrictions imposed by COVID 19 to develop such a far-reaching program involving 30 organisation and 37 events has been most worthwhile.
Lynne: Each session I viewed was incredibly well structured, the speakers complimented each other to create synergy and explore deeper processes/meaning. It was great to see involvement of young people too.
Frank: I would also like to thank all those who contributed with so many constructive ideas during the various online sessions. The community building during the festival augurs well for future Raising Peace festivals and related events and activities both online and in person.
I’m writing this email to share some good news with you.
It will still be possible to apply after that deadline here. We review applications on a rolling basis!
Please, feel free to share the call through social media and to spread the word.
Have a joyful day,
Hasna El Hiyani(she/her)
SCI International Secretariat
Antwerp – Belgium
+32 (0)3 226 57 27
Impact research seeks to determine and explain the impact of IVS on volunteers & host communities. The results are used to promote IVS to our stakeholders providing greater visibility for our activities.
As feedback they enable us to improve our projects
CCIVS promotes the value of International Voluntary Service as a tool for non formal and popular education, where learning is intended, organised, and can produce transformational change for the individuals, communities and organisations involved. By looking at our volunteer programs and participants with the support of strategic research, we therefore aim at building a path towards the recognition of such value, which is reflected in the progressive and complementary achievement of three objectives:
- Understanding our practices and the experiences of the participants, and how they influence each other, creating new knowledge, skills and attitudes about and towards themselves, their communities and the larger and interconnected global society;
- Improving the capacity of the organisations, communities and individual volunteers involved in our projects to positively take into account these accrued competences and become conscious actors of change;
- Valorising the unique processes and results that stakeholders create together thanks to the invaluable interactions of international voluntary service, giving them wider visibility across the institutional and public spheres.
CCIVS approach to impact is highly participative in nature, from the definition of common goals and questions with the members and stakeholders concerned, to the training of field practitioners and the innovative implementation of participative analysis and implementation research.
Utilising both quantitative and qualitative methods, it relies on two key concepts: the idea of change, as developed by several CCIVS members and partners during the first “Changing Perspectives” project, coordinated by Solidarités Jeunesses France, for the specific field of International Voluntary Service:
“A change or an effect on individuals, collectives or environments in the short, medium and long term. Produced by interaction between individuals, communities and environments in the context of International Voluntary Service actions. Perceivable, and as such could lead to social recognition or personal acknowledgment.”
And the idea of impact assessment, which looks at the correspondence between our goals and objectives as indicated in the Constitution and outlined by specific programs and projects, and the actual results we manage to achieve. This is exemplified by the definition given by Rossi, Lipsey and Freeman in Evaluation:
A Systemic Approach (2004):
“Impact assessments are undertaken to find out whether programs actually produce the intended effects. A program effect, or impact, refers to a change in the target population or social conditions that has been brought about by the program, that is, a change that would not have occurred had the program been absent. […] establishing that the program is a cause of some specified effect.”
Building on the key ideas of impact as change and assessment, the research work implemented by CCIVS and its members and partners is integrated in, and nourishes, the network’s structural processes of monitoring and quality improvement. These focus on the three pillars of International Voluntary Service, adapting different methodologies to address specific goals:
- Individuals (Quantitative and qualitative research, Training): Personal, Interpersonal and Social development, Life skills and competences.
- Communities (Qualitative research, participative analysis): Intercultural learning, Active Citizenship and Participation, Conflict Management, Technical Work and Realizations.
Organisations and Institutions (Implementation research, Capacity building, Pentagon methodology): Structure, Functioning, Relationships, Communication, Financial Sustainability.
This week we are coming with exciting news! In less than two weeks we are launching the Soil Manifesto and we will need your support to collect signatures. We are also sharing with you the Call for Participants of the “International Training Seminar on the Role of Intercultural Voluntary Projects in The Process of Inclusion and Participation of Young Migrants and Refugees”.
The countdown has begun! Launching the Soil Manifesto on August 9📢
It’s time to warm up the engines. In the last months, we have received inputs from lawyers and activists to create a Manifesto that takes into account existing environmental laws and movements. Kate Curtis, Coordinator of the Soil Manifesto, finalised the Manifesto and together with a team of volunteers, we translated it to German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Indonesian, Mandarin Chinese and Arabic. The Manifesto will be available in 10 languages!
The countdown has begun! What does it mean? Next Monday we will post on social media for the ‘one week to launch’ and we will post also for ‘3 days left’, ‘2 days left’ and ‘1 day left’. We need your support to spread the word! Share the news within your organisation, family, friends, volunteers, camp leaders,… Use your social media profiles, pages, newsletter,… everything!
And, why not, save the event on your calendar to remind you that on August 9 you have to sign the Soil Manifesto!
The event is public! 🔗 https://calendar.google.com/event?action=TEMPLATE&tmeid=NHBqdGh1YjdpZGVxbmU2cm8xb2V0aWNqZXAgY19yZGM0Yzg1dWw0aTZvNGdxYjBpNnY0bHZwZ0Bn&tmsrc=c_rdc4c85ul4i6o4gqb0i6v4lvpg%40group.calendar.google.com
Call for Participants of the “International Training Seminar on the Role of Intercultural Voluntary Projects in The Process of Inclusion and Participation of Young Migrants and Refugees”
As the main partner of the project INVOLVE, CCIVS is proposing a training seminar on the role of intercultural voluntary projects in the process of inclusion and participation of young migrants and refugees under its annual campaign Raising Peace framework.
The Training Seminar aims to strengthen the capacity and resources of voluntary service organisations and NGOs that work or want to work with young migrants and refugees and use intercultural voluntary service as a social inclusion tool
📅 16 September 2021 (arrival) – 23 September 2021 (departure)
🏡 Vaunières, France (hosted by Solidarités Jeunesses)
🌐 Participants: 14 from Europe, 1 from Africa, 1 from America, 1 from Asia, 1 from Arab States
Participants can submit their application by 15 August via the online application form. The selection result will be communicated by 18 August.
For more information you can read the CALL via this link.
That’s all for this week! If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Júlia Pérez Lema
CCIVS Communication Officer
1, rue Miollis
75015 Paris, France
Tel. +33 1 45684936
Twitter @ccivs_volunteer @raising_peace
As a follow-up, we’d like to share some links you can use to advertise the open International Coordinator Position.
Here you can find the designs to use for your own promotion.
We would appreciate it if you disseminate the open position widely and feel free to come back to me with any suggestions or questions.
SCI is looking for a new International Coordinator to lead its International Secretariat located in Antwerp, Belgium!
We are looking for someone with strong leadership and communication skills, intercultural experience, strategic thinking and interest to work in an international organisation with a mission to create a culture of peace.
The call is on the international website and can be found here: https://sci.ngo/sci-is-recruiting-an-international-coordinator/