Service Civil International (SCI)
SCI’s vision is a world of peace; social justice and sustainable development, where all people live together with mutual respect and without recourse to any form of violence to solve conflict. SCI’s mission is to promote a culture of peace by organising international volunteering projects with local and global impact. These projects can be both short term (workcamps of 2 - 4 weeks) or long term (LTV placements of 3 - 12 months), and span a wide range of topics.
These projects aim to give volunteers the opportunity to experience and demonstrate peaceful living with people from different cultures, at the same time as contributing in a positive way to other communities.
SCI also organises many seminars, trainings and meetings on both a national and international level. These can focus on specific themes or regions, and you can find out more about them from your local branch.
Every voluntary project, meeting, exchange or training has to be in line with these values:
- Volunteering: in the sense of acting out of self-initiative, without seeking material reward and for the benefit of civil society, as a method and a statement for social change, whilst never competing with paid labour nor seeking to contribute to strike-breaking
- Non-Violence: as a principle and a method
- Human Rights: respect for individuals as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- Solidarity: international solidarity for a more just world and solidarity between human beings on all levels
- Respect for the Environment: and the ecosystem of which we are a part and on which we are dependent
- Inclusion: to be open and inclusive to all individuals who share the aims and objectives of the movement, without regard to gender, colour, religion, nationality, social status or political views and any other possible grounds for discrimination
- Empowerment: providing people with means (knowledge, tools) to understand and act in order to transform the social, cultural and economic structures that affect their lives at all levels.
- Cooperation: with local communities as well as other local, national and international actors to strengthen the positive potential within civil society as a whole