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Voices of Volunteers

November 2015

Summer belongs to the past, the cold weather might make us feel lazy but action never stops. Volunteers share their stories from Nepal, Kopija, Cambodia and Antwerp giving us a whole picture of their experience. You will also find a historical and emotional part coming from the archives, referring to the booklet created in 2010 being a reminder of 90th Anniversary of International SCI activities. We hope that you will find your interest.

Enjoy your read!

Post-workcamps blues
Humanitarian Charlie
Into the bear forest 3, workcamp by VUK Croatia
Between the Cambodian mangroves
VIA Weekend in Belgium
From the Archives...

Post-workcamps Blues

We don’t know how it is in your part of the world, but here in Antwerp it is getting colder. We can’t help but already miss that time of the year when hundreds of workcamps are taking place all over the world. If you are feeling the same, don’t worry! We have prepared for you a quick guide to overcome the post workcamps blues ;)

Humanitarian Charlie

I love asking young people what they want to be when they grow up because I'm still looking for ideas. However, when the opportunity to rebuild a school in Nepal caught my eye I told myself 'I've found my calling'. Friends, family and my local church were exceptionally supportive and generously donated me pay for the flights and any school resources. Read more here.

Into the bear forest 3, workcamp by VUK Croatia

On the sixth of August, the adventure started for us – the volunteers of the «Into the bear forest 3» – in Otocac bus station. There we introduced ourselves to each other (at least 8 times for some of us). We were then fifteen people from eight different countries. Our main objective was to renovate and improve a hiking trail allowing visitors to discover bears’ natural environment and enjoy Kopija. See the whole article here.

Between the Cambodian mangroves

Phnom Penh, literally “the hill of Penh”, is our meeting point with the other volunteers from where we leave for 2 weeks work camp about the reforestation of mangroves in a community in the south of the country. The group is consisting of 3 Japanese, 2 Taiwanese, 3 French, Marco and I and our Cambodian camp leader. Read more here.

VIA Weekend in Belgium

This weekend was a full immersion into VIA’s world! Three days of comings and goings, around twenty people, but not all the days the same! We had 3 days of games and activities, the aim was to create connection within the group of volunteers and to understand how they want to be involved in VIA’s life, listening to all the proposals and suggestions, because an association is made of people, and without them it’s nothing! Enjoy the whole article.

From the Archives...

As the ICM in Sri Lanka is approaching, it should be reminded that SCI activities in that country had started well over 55 years ago. The nice booklet the branch had issued for its 50th Anniversary in 2010 reminds, at the same time, of the then 90th Anniversary of International SCI activities. Learn more here.

 

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