Service Civil International (SCI) is a volunteer organisation dedicated to promoting a culture of peace by organising international voluntary projects for people of all ages and backgrounds.
The organisation consists of 43 branches and an ever-growing number of partner organisations. Living and working together with people of different backgrounds helps volunteers to break down barriers and prejudices. It allows them to experience a world of mutual respect and understanding. In this sense, volunteering can be seen as a way of life, a demonstration of the possible reality of a peaceful and cooperative world.
SCI’s Long Term Volunteering (LTV) programme provides volunteers with the opportunity to stay abroad from 1 to 12 months. Long term volunteering exchanges are considered as an essential activity in SCI which is complimentary to short term voluntary projects or ¨workcamps¨.
What it is
Long Term Volunteering is more than just work. It is the experience of living abroad and learning from different cultures and people, while getting deeply involved with a concrete project that is for the benefit of the local community. It is a commitment that enables sustained work for peace, both on a concrete level for SCI branches and partner organisations, but also and especially on a personal level for the volunteer and the members of the community.
What kind of projects
Long Term Volunteers can choose from a variety of projects and activities, from working with disabled people, disadvantaged youth or ethnic minorities, to working in an office or running daily activities in an eco-village.
Who can apply
All people without any distinction of sex, race, religion or ideology. There is no upper age limit, but volunteers need to be at least 18 years.
What you get
All Long Term Volunteers are provided with food and accommodation, some pocket money and a basic SCI health insurance.
Travel costs to the project are generally covered by the volunteers.
How to apply
Projects are regularly listed on an on-line database for Long Term Volunteering Projects; then click on open projects or search project to look for available volunteering positions.
Interested in one of the projects? Get all the necessary information to submit your application here.