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Service Civil International

Voices of Volunteers

August 2015

Welcome to the latest edition of Voices of Volunteers. In this issue we have a volunteer diary, a photography project, a story of civic engagement and much more! We hope that you enjoy the selection and remember if you would like your stories, photos or videos featured in the next edition just get in touch with us at communication@sciint.org      Happy reading!

Volunteer's diary

Surrounded by monkeys, dogs, birds all kind of bugs and the most beautiful nature I've spent one of the most unforgettable weeks of my life. These ''Blue Rose" kids have changed me in so many ways, they have given to me some great moments I will never ever forget. Sharing our thoughts and culture is what I bring back home after this experience, a true Sri Lankan experience. Read more.

Volunteer voice from Iceland

During the SEEDS photographic project to Iceland, I was privileged to be working with a group of international volunteers, who were keen to improve their creative techniques using digital cameras. We learned different aspects of photography, camera sitting and how Iceland has been portrayed by professional photographers. Read more.

Volunteering and civic engagement

Ten months ago I was one among the 50% of youngsters unemployed in Spain. Currently I'm doing my EVS in Belgium. One of the parts that I really enjoy are the conversations – If you combine good Belgian beer and SCI people, you find yourself hatching a plan to fix the world in a jiffy. Funnily enough, the system is pushing us to change it... Read more.

From Sri Lanka with Love

I have experienced so many different things here in Sri Lanka. The workcamp in Jaffna was a really great experience. I was a bit nervous in the beginning because I knew it was going to be tough both physically and mentally. But it turned out to be the greatest experience with a lot of work, but also with some really nice people. I will definitely recommend people to join a work camp. Read more.

An unforgetable month

They asked me “How do you feel now after one month on the internship?” and I didn’t know what to answer... So many feelings collected in one place I just need so much time to describe them. A new country, a new culture, tradition, people... I couldn't imagine myself alone in a position like this, working, having fun with strangers that I just meet... amazing! Read more. 

From the Archives

As part of the current SCI project "Memory Beyond Rhetoric" we have been discovering the SCI International Archives, the place where SCI history is carefully conserved. Around 90 years of history of peace and volunteering are kept safely in 700 archive boxes. It is in the town library of La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), where Heinz Gabathuler takes care of the files, documents and photos that are accessible to everyone – researchers, journalists, SCI activists and veterans. Do you want to delve deeper into the fascinating past of SCI? Learn more.


 Co-Funded by the Erasmus plus programme of the European Union.
 The Association of Service Civil International ivzw receives financial support from the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.




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