SCI has launched a crowdfunding campaign in order to allow certain partners with limited funds to participate in the Exchange Platform Meeting (EPM), a meeting focused on the exchange of best practices and ideas. Many of these organisations do amazing work and learning from their experience in difficult situations would be wonderful for the meeting. The GoFundMe Campaign was created to help them with travel expenses. Support, share, and contribute, as every little bit will go a long way in allowing these partners to have a voice in this meeting!
Voices of Volunteers
GAIA Kosovo has completed the project focused on youth and volunteering programs for nature conservation in rural areas called ‘Youth for nature, volunteering and inclusion’ supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the EU. And they are also looking for volunteers in three different and new workcamps in July, apply today! And Geoffrey was invited to the SCI France Annual Assembly, read here his experience!
Climate for Peace Programme updates
After successfully running for three consecutive years and supporting 50 projects, GAIA MicroGrants Programme is again this year providing a source of funding for SCI branches and local groups to organize grassroots activities focusing on sustainable living. Seven projects have already received support from GAIA MicroGrants this year, with the new round and the applications rolling in. Read more.
From the 8th -14th of May the PATH seminar took place in Novi Sad, Serbia. The participants explored the history of the wars in ex-Yugoslavia while drawing parallels between the situation in the region then and the current situation where the Balkan Peninsula is still being affected by forced migration. Here a story from Albana and Mimoza, from GAIA Kosovo, who joined as a special guest. And here you can find some picture from the Peer Univeristy in Poland, a meeting inside the framework of the Peers to Peace project.
European Solidarity Corps: the legal proposal is here!
On 30May, as promised, the European Commission presented the legal base to the European Parliament for the European Solidarity Corps. The European Youth Forum organized on the 7th of June a meeting with its Member’s organization to discuss about it. Read more.
Welcome Chantal! The new communication and volunteer coordinator
At the International Secretariat of SCI things never stop! From the middle of June Chantal has officially joined to the office as the new communication and coordinator of volunteers. Read more.
News from our Branches
CVS-Bulgaria is looking for your help! SCI branch in Bulgaria is running a crowdfunding campaign to organise a workcamp in Banya, a little village, that hosts a small reception centre. Usually Banya camp, being so isolated and difficult to reach, are unable to do the work of big NGOs and the people there (especially children) do not have access to any organised activities. Our aim is facilitating workshops and educational and recreational activities for the children and adults in the camp in order to make them feel welcome a the new country. Help them to achieve this great goal!
Instead, VCV Serbia organized a Living Library event called ''Closing borders'', which focused on refugees and migration. This event gathered volunteers and members of NGOs that are currently working on the field in Belgrade, Subotica and Šid, in order to help those that are stuck between Serbian state borders, and whose fate are more uncertain as the days pass. After this event Sonia, from VCV Serbia, talked with Marina, one of the organizers of the “Closing Borders” Living Library.
From the Archives
The evolution of SCI over the last forty years can be compared to the growth of a plant. The movement has spread from country to country and from continent to continent, taking root here and there. SCI has made various experiments in the field of voluntary work thanks to the energy and the generosity of men and women who deeply believe in SCI ideals and methods. Read more.