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July 1st 2016

Hello SCI family and welcome to our very special workcamps newsletter.

This month we explore the amazing work SCI are doing through Climate for Peace workcamps. Building bridges not walls. Working side by side in many different projects.

A workcamp by GAIA Kosovo became a great success turning old bycycles into new usable bycycles for a local primary school.

See lots more exciting opportunities here and check out our website also.

Have a peaceful weekend!

Recycling bicycles for a local primary school
An eco renovation workcamp with a difference
All the colors of the rainbow: An SCI experience
Climate for Peace Workcamp 2016
Sustainable lifestyle workcamp in Germany

Recycling bicycles for a local primary school

The workcamp season in Kosovo has been opened with this recycling workcamp! Volunteers from the Netherlands, Georgia, Germany, Australia, Belgium and Kosovo repaired, fixed and creted new bikes from old once... for the local primary school in Mitrovica.The story was also covered in the news. Beginning at 28.22 minutes it covers the activities and the volunteers experience see here. Check out the Facebook article here. The move to recycling and sustainable future has began and all over the world people see a throwaway society is doing. We can see a cleaner world when we see the benefits for future generations. Check out this inspiring workcamp on our SCI Flickr page.

An eco renovation workcamp with a difference

L'Oasis is a young environmental association whose aim is to develop an eco-citizen educational center of trainings, learnings and searching in applied ecology. The will of the center is to show that ecological alternatives do exist in every area of our daily lives and to promote knowledge and skills for having a simple and healthy way of life, neither harmful for us nor for the environment.The goal of the camp will be the eco-renovation of the center, mainly oriented on the recycling of old material. The main goal is to show that it is possible to renovate a house in an ecological way, without spending too much money in technology. There will be quite a lot of different activities that will allow the volunteers to learn about eco-renovation in different areas: indoor and outdoor layout, garden layout and creation of biodiversity, construction of a welcoming outdoor space dedicated to concerts and theatre performances, completion of the greenhouse, creation of a rainwater recovery system, refurbishment of the old kitchen.Read more here

All the colors of the rainbow: An SCI experience

What is a workcamp? How can I take part? Which is the most suitable field for me? No, you will not find the answers here. BUT, you can get in touch with your local branch of SCI, check out this step-by-step video or search the online database which includes more than 750 volunteering projects. Imagine your participation in a workcamp like a rainbow full of different bright colours. Dive into the multiple colorful experiences..Feel yourself falling in love with what you do...the warm smiles from those alongside you..knowing you are part of something much bigger than you realize...it is where powerful feelings rush through the heart and creativity drenches the senses like the warm rays of the sun on a hot summers day. Sowing the seeds for the next generations to harvest. Once you take part in an SCI workcamp you will start to see many colours...Read more here

Climate for peace Workcamp 2016

When searching for a workcamp that’s perfect for you, among many specific topics, you can also select “Climate for Peace”. Any workcamp can get this label, as long as organizers agree to follow certain criteria explained in Climate for Peace workcamp guidelines.They concern sustainable living (e.g. vegan or vegetarian diet, avoiding waste, choosing environmentally friendly means of transport), the study part (e.g. understanding better the connection between peace, human rights and climate change, exploring solutions to climate change) and the work part (e.g. contributing to reducing our impact on the environment, helping communities impacted by climate change). But even if the work part is not directly related to climate change or environment, volunteers can still add small elements to their schedule, like planting trees or guerilla gardens. The goal is to make these guidelines a standard for every SCI project, because climate protection is the contemporary peacebuilding. Read more here

Sustainable lifestyle workcamp in Germany

For thirty years now people in the commune Niederkaufungen have lived together, sharing everything and setting a great example of co-operative, non-hierarchical, social-ecologist model of living. Today it is the largest non-religious/spiritual community in Germany, involved in a wide range of economic, cultural and political activities. This study camp is one of the projects organized in cooperation with partners from the Balkan countries and it aims to show on a living example the effectiveness and accessibility of life in a commune, as well as to inspire people to initiate sustainable communities and create their own new models of living. The commune was found in late 1986, today it counts around 60 adults and 20 children.Read more here

 

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