Service Civil International
Service Civil International (SCI) is one of the world's largest international volunteering organisations dedicated to promoting a culture of peace through the organisation and coordination of voluntary projects all over the world. SCI has been organising international voluntary projects since 1920.
The historical archives of SCI in the Bibliothèque de la Ville La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland) provides an extensive documentation on international volunteering for peace.
Posted by Heinz Gabathuler on Sep 23, 2016
The first Wednesday in September every year is the moment when volunteers gather at the SCI Switzerland office in Bern for packing the freshly printed small booklets called 'Agenda' (pocket calendars, or diaries, or planners, indeed) which are then mailed to all members of the Swiss branch as well as to some subscribers who live abroad. And later in spring, Swiss delegates carry dozens of these booklets to international meetings in order to sell them to other branches.
Posted by Heinz Gabathuler on Jul 12, 2016
"If the number of displaced people in the world is swelling as they are forced to run from civil war, oppression or plain poverty, the response should not be to reinforce the walls of the rich-world fortress.”
This sounds like a statement to the recent so-called "refugee crisis" in Europe. In fact, it is a quote from a 20-years old document, edited by SEED – the Solidarity, Exchange & Education for Development, or simply the North-South Commission of SCI International.
Posted by Heinz Gabathuler on Jun 21, 2016
First discussions on how SCI should celebrate the centenary of the first ever international voluntary peace service near Verdun in 1920 have just started – and the second edition of the probably one and only monography on the SCI movement’s history is not less than half a century old.
The 167-pages paperback written by Hélène Monastier (parts 1 and 2) and Alice Brügger (part 3) in French language and self-published by SCI. The title Paix, pelle et pioche means in English Peace, shovel and pick; the essence of the movement from its existence: The ideal of peace combined with two tools used for the construction of paths and other practical work.
Posted by Meri Paunonen on Jun 15, 2016
This year is the 70th anniversary of the first KVT workcamp organised in Finnish Lapland and next year it will be 70 years since the establishment of KVT, SCI's Finnish Branch! Anniversaries bring various kinds of programme and sneak peeks to KVT’s history! The very first workcamp started in the village of Hirvasvaara (near by Salla) on the 15th of June 1946.
Posted by Nigel Watt on May 31, 2016
In May Arthur Gillette, a longstanding activist for international volunteering passed away. He started as SCI volunteer in 1958. In 1963 he become CCIVS director and later director of the Youth department in UNESCO.
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