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Voices of Volunteers April 2016

Dear All,

A new edition of the Voices of Volunteers is here, just for you. This time we feature: stories from around the world, voices from the past, inspiring ideas and initiatives, material that we feel we must share with all of you and of course, SCI actions and news from branches and volunteers. We hope that you enjoy reading our latest issue.
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Training for Campleader Trainers
Wikipedia for Peace
Voice of Ben in Ireland
Workcamp promotion storm
Building Bridges Campaign
Action week Against Racism in Switzerland
International Seminar in Berlin
Climate for Peace Programme
From the Archives

Training for Campleader Trainers

From 11 to 17 April a Training of Campleader Trainers was held in Athens, Greece. The training, part of the SCI project Global Volunteer Action, aimed at preparing SCI volunteers and activists for the preparation of future coordinators of workcamps (campleaders) in various countries from Europe and Asia. The training was led by Malgorzata Tur and Natalia Jivkova, both professional trainers and part of SCI’s Pool of Trainers and Facilitators. Read some of the reflections of the participants.

Wikipedia for Peace

The SCI Austria workcamp "Wikipedia for Peace" that was organised together with Wikimedia, took place in Vienna from the 12th until the 27th of August 2015. The goal was for international volunteers to come together and write and edit Wikipedia articles about Peace in their own native languages. Find out more about this workcamp.

Voice of Ben in Ireland

“It’s a text-book summer’s day in Mosney, Co. Meath. I’m sitting by the lake where, two decades ago, amorous teenagers in swan boats might have glided through the water against the sound of the nearby waltzers. Behind me stands the now derelict train station where hundreds of seagulls are congregated. A train passes and they scramble into the air in immense white clouds over the kilometres of sandy beaches that lay near-deserted.” Read the rest of Ben’s story.

Workcamp Promotion Storm 2016

SCI’s Workcamp Promotion Storm for 2016 has just finished and we are still feeling the ripples of the storm! Posters, videos, comments, reposts and shared material...it was a powerful day. We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone that took part. Reading the article you will find all the collected material. ‪#‎workcamps2016‬

Building Bridges Campaign

Just before the refugee crisis of the summer 2015, SCI activists gathered at a seminar in Switzerland and exchanged their experiences in order to create a common toolkit to share know-how on their activities with and for refugees and asylum seekers. At SCI’s General Assembly in 2015 a recommendation was adopted by SCI activists to launch a grass-root campaign in SCI workcamps in 2016. The aim of the campaign: to raise awareness on the topic and promote peace, understanding and integration between locals, refugees, and asylum seekers. Learn more about the campaign.

Action week Against Racism in Switzerland

In March SCI Switzerland took part in the Action week against racism of the City of Berne, Switzerland with three Human Library events. The theme of the Action week this year was ‘estrangement’; how can we become more sensitive to factors that create the feeling of being a stranger and not belonging in our everyday lives, and how can we support integration. Switzerland has a long history with Ex-Yugoslavian migrants and refugees who are also the biggest group of migrants in the country.  The spectrum of experiences is wide, as the people have arrived as refugees, workers or were born in Switzerland.  Learn more about the Human Library events.

Climate for Peace Programme

We are happy to announce that SCI's climate justice activities continue throughout 2016! The Create a Climate for Peace Campaing has now been transformed in to the Climate for Peace Programme, with the focus being on Climate for Peace labelled workcamps and the Gaia MicroGrants. Find out more and how you can get involved on the Climate for Peace Programme page

International Seminar in Berlin

"It was very interesting, rich and the atmosphere was amazing. The leaders: Tanja, from SCI Germany, and Valerie, from Austria but who lives in Torino, Italy, were amazing leaders. They were friendly, smiley, funny, smart and interesting, and were our friends as well as our leaders. We talked about our own ideas and perception of the subjects of machoism, feminism, gender violence, homophobia, intersectionality.” Continue to read this personal report from the seminar.

From the Archives

The original document was donated to the recently opened Museum Friedland which documents the history of the transit camp for refugees and other migrants near the former border between West and East Germany. Read the full article on the SCI Archives.

 

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