In this month we published the amazing stories collected on the Balkan Route from the group of volunteer who took part in the “A Route to Connect” Balkan study field. You can watch the video, listen to the voices and stay tuned for the follow-up events taking place around Europe. You can find other stories from the Balkans thanks to two volunteers, Alessandra and Silvia, who spent one month at the Serbian-Croatian border with refugees. You can join our Building Bridges Campaign or take part in one of the various workcamps labelled as Building Bridges.
Due to a technical problem, it’s possible that some of you received this newsletter twice. We are sorry about that, but we are moving to another tool to create the newsletter. So if you are curious about the renovation, stay tuned for the next E-Zine, and in the meantime, enjoy the workcamps season!
Alessandra and Silvia have spent one month at the Serbian-Croatian border, through the project “Interventi Civili di Pace al confine serbo-croato”, organized by SCI Italy, in cooperation with VCV Serbia. Read their stories, as well as Nidal’s story - a volunteer from Wales who joined the No Border Fest last June. And if you’re interesting in training and leadership, don’t miss the story written by Marilou, who has been in a camp in Kuterevo, Croatia. Liz wrote an amazing thank you letter to the volunteers in a workcamp in Norway, and Andrew, from Ireland, spoke about his project in the Netherlands.
Building Bridges Campaign
In June, the Building Bridges working group had a call for new members and they have been successfully selected. Due to large interest and high quality of motivated volunteers, the team decided to select 7 new members to the team. Welcome Sonja, Laura, Nina, Anna, Gheorghe, Ilaria and Cristina! Read more.
A video made during the Balkan study trip in the framework of the project "A Route to Connect", a project of SCI, supported by the European Youth Foundation focused on spreading awareness about the refugee situation in the Balkan route, gives a voice to the stories of refugees and empowers youngsters to take action. The project is part of the Building Bridges Campaign. One of the main activity was a field trip to the Balkans. This video has been made and edited by the EVS Volunteer of Balkan Hotspot, Lorenzo, Alexandre, Pedro e Carmen. Thanks guys! And the stories of "A Route to Connect", collected on the Balkan route, are available online!
The first activity of "Peers to Peace" was successfully held from 27 May - 2 June in Poland. This activity gave a chance to the participants to share and exchange best practices on knowledge and volunteer management face-to-face. Here is an infographic on what participants thought after the Peers University. The second Learning Seminar planned for the project has been held in Malaysia. Here you can find a summary of what happened and pictures are available here.
On the PATH side, from 10th to 20th July, SCI gathered 15 participants from Spain, Catalonia, Denmark, Macedonia, Croatia, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, and Belgium in Thessaloniki , Greece, which has a rich history of hosting refugees, hosted by SCI Hellas. Read more here.
SAVA Working Group
From 20th until 25th of June SAVA WG and Velebit Association of Kuterevo (VAK) organized a joined Training for Camp Coordinators in the Bear Refuge Kuterevo, gathering 20 young people who wanted to learn more about coordinating workcamps and leading groups in other forms of group activities. What were then future camp coordinators were not only volunteers active in different SAVA organizations, but also EVS volunteers who are doing their short-term service in VAK – and who have the privilege of spending more than 6 days at this amazing place (which the rest of us envied them greatly)! Read more.
SCI Malaysia is running!
SCI Malaysia is organizing the 2017 Penang Peace Run! The Peace run is co-organized by MBPP and Service Civil International (SCI). This state endorsed event will be officiated by the Governor. This is the 28th edition of the Peace Run! SCI Malaysia mission during this event is to run for peace bringing cheers to everyone, including the physically challenged students and youths. Let this feeling of peace and love be contagious. If you are interested in more information you can follow the Facebook Page of the event, where you can also find the program! Online registration are available here.
Social Inclusion from SCI Catalunya
SCI Catalunya held a Seminar on Social inclusion from the 29th of May till the 3rd of June in Barcelona. The seminar had two main goals: - to share good practices in order to give tools to the participants on how to work with youth with fewer opportunities: - to reflect on inclusive work in our organizations and learn how to establish strong local networks among other organizations who work for social inclusion in each country with the aim of promoting volunteering experiences to every youth. Here you can find the program, pictures, videos and soon some best practices! SCI Catalunya has also just ended a Youth Exchange on cultural identities, migration, racism and stereotypes to break. 25 young people participated in it, from Portugal, Italy, Ukraine and Catalonia. Here you can find some videos of the exchange.
Call for the Global Human Rights Weeks
The Global Human Rights Week is a 6 day global event coordinated by CCIVS in the framework of the Raising Peace Campaign. Its main task is to provide visibility to the challenges related to Peace and Human Rights worldwide, focusing on the actions implemented by the IVS movement on these specific topics. These initiatives share common goal: to cast a spotlight on the current situations of Human Rights, to encourage grassroots activism and to promote social change. Read more.
From the Archives
This is somehow typically 1980s: A lot of critical reflection mixed with funny cartoons, a sloppy layout compared to 21st century standards, and above all a very grassroots approach behind it. Read more.
Call for participants
UNITED for Intercultural Action is the European network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants, refugees and minorities and they are looking for participants for the International UNITED Conference near Berlin, Germany. Apply here.
"Leadership from Inside-out"
CCIVS is organizing “Leadership from Inside-out”, a training course about leadership for trainers, facilitators, youth workers and youth leaders who are actively working with international and intercultural groups.
Promote the peace!
Are you between 15 and 29 years old and interested in Peace Building? Look at this call for promoting peace and security.
Did you miss the newsletter from the European Youth Forum? Here's a link!