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Post by Admin on Sat 28 Feb 2009, 01:21

Service Civil International
Service Civil International (SCI) is a peace organisation that co-ordinates short and long term voluntary projects for people of all ages and backgrounds. It has 43 branches and groups worldwide and an ever growing number of partner organisations. The network spans 5 continents, but is based mainly in Europe and Asia. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a huge variety of projects all around the world.

For example;
* Work in a Wolf Sanctuary in the USA
* Run activities for Refugees in Kenya
* Plant Trees in Iceland
* Help organise a Multicultural Arts Festival in Finland
* Promote the idea of a Democratic Palestine to Children in Syria
* Rebuild a Community Hall in Sierra Leone
* Teach English to Nuns in Nepal
* And many, many more….

Rarely are specific skills required for these camps, and anyone can participate, regardless of gender, culture, nationality, religion or age.

The projects are very practical, based on the philosophy of ‘Deeds not Words’. Volunteers can really make small but useful changes to help other communities. At the same time, a study component is also included in most camps so that volunteers can take away some specific knowledge and a deeper understanding of the issues they are confronting

Living and working together with people of different backgrounds helps volunteers to break down prejudices and stereotypes and allows them to experience a world of mutual respect and understanding. In this sense, volunteering can be seen as a way of life - a demonstration of the possible reality of a peaceful and co-operative world.

What We Do
SCI is a peace organisation that co-ordinates international voluntary projects across all five continents. These projects can be both short term (workcamps of 2 - 4 weeks) or long term (LTV placements of 3 - 12 months), and span a wide range of topics.

These projects aim to give volunteers the opportunity to experience and demonstrate peaceful living with people from different cultures, at the same time as contributing in a positive way to other communities.

SCI also organises many seminars, trainings and meetings on both a national and international level. These can focus on specific themes or regions, and you can find out more about them from your local branch.
Find more information through the website here.

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