Welcome to the Project Search Engine of Service Civil International
International Volunteer Projects are a unique form of volunteering, bringing together people from different countries, cultures and backgrounds to live and work together on projects with local communities and a range of organisations working for a more just and peaceful world.
International Volunteer Projects are short term volunteer projects which aim to:-
break down barriers between people and develop intercultural understanding
contribute to building a culture of peace among people
support the ongoing work of a wide range of local community, environment and peace organisations to get a practical project completed
The projects place a strong emphasis on intercultural learning and include elements of peace education. There are many different projects to choose from and they are open to everyone.
Please go to the 'Help' section of this site for instructions on:
'How to search the SCI Volunteer Project Database'
'How to apply for a volunteer project'
Please note, the project dates are listed in the style year/month/day
A note about age:
Volunteers must be 18 years of age to apply for projects in Europe, North America, Australia and Japan and 20 years of age for projects in the North-South Programme i.e. Africa, most countries in Asia, Middle East and Latin America. There is no upper age limit.
A note about costs
Food and accommodation are provided free of charge during the project. Volunteers cover their own travel to the country and internal travel to/from the projects. Volunteers cover their own visa fees if any. Volunteers must pay a small programme fee to VSI with their application, for details of fees and how to pay please go to: http://www.vsi.ie/payments/
Cancellations and Refunds:
If you have to cancel your application, please let us know immediately. Once placed on a project of your choice, you will not be entitled to a refund of your Project Placement fee, apart from in exceptional cases. However, if we are unable to place you on a project, we will refund your placement fee (but not your VSI membership fee), you will remain a member of VSI for one year.
VSI is the Irish branch of Service Civil International (SCI). For details of the various VSI programmes please go to www.vsi.ie
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