Who we are
A worldwide volunteer organisation dedicated to promoting a culture of peace. Read more ...
What we do
We organise volunteering projects, trainings and international and local activism. Read more ...
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It doesn’t matter where you’ve come from, for in that moment you are here, it could be Italy or India, volunteering side by side with a group of people you’ve only known for a few days, and you realize we really are all the same. Taking part in a workcamp gives you the chance to explore the world with a purpose. It is an opportunity to give something back, to have something to do, somewhere to go, and somewhere to stay.
Volunteering in Kenya
With SCI, I had the chance to participate in two international projects in Kenya with the Kenyan Voluntary Development Association.
My first project was to construct an extra classroom in a school. Faced with a cultural mix, everyone went "polo pole" ("slowly, slowly" in Swahili) and everyone took their place like a jigsaw puzzle. We had enriching and festive exchanges which allowed us to better understand one another, to be more tolerant, more available, and more open. It taught me, above all else, to take things as they come, and to appreciate their true value, regardless of the barriers.
The forests of Ecuador
Arriving in the Chiriboga Foundation house in Quito was almost like reaching home. Our first night was spent learning of the history of the Chiriboga cloud forest and the work we would do there. The work was physically tough and tiring, we sang and joked around to keep our spirits up, played with the dogs that followed us everywhere or watched out for toucans and hummingbirds.
While volunteering I learnt about the forest and the species within it, how to make bracelets from vines and maybe most importantly, about Ecuadorian culture. By the end of the two weeks, I felt we had achieved something worthwhile.
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My Country of Residence
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