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 Philipp Rodriguez / Heinz Gabathuler on May 11, 2013
In September 1927 a flood in the Rhine valley devastated big parts of Liechtenstein. The SCI committee initated an international appeal for a relief project in order to clean up the devastated agricultural area. More than 700 volunteers from more than 20 countries came to help.
In June the National Museum of Liechtenstein shows a special exhibition about this relief project.
Posted by Heinz Gabathuler on Feb 24, 2013
In my last spotlight I have reported the difficulties SCI encountered in authoritarian South East Asian countries when it wanted to register a new sub-office. But political contestation due to its pacifist ideology has also affected SCI under comparably liberal political circumstances.
Posted by David Palmer on Dec 17, 2012
The SCI veteran David Palmer has recently been contacted by an Iranian student requesting information about about the reconstruction project, which took place almost 50 years ago in Dousadj.
David writes about his volunteer experience in Iran in 1963 and some of the conclusions she has arrived at in her study.
Posted by Philipp Rodriguez on Oct 5, 2012
From time to time, the SCI Archives website features memories of former workcamp volunteers. Over the past year, Greg Wilkinson, now aged 75, has been working on a blog called 'Lifework Drafts' which includes two years on SCI work-camps in the mid-50s, when he refused military service in Britain. In 1962, Greg returned to SCI and a newly-independent Algeria, before turning to journalism. His workcamp blogs are part of a wider of a wider exploration. Here, we ask what moved him to write these very personal accounts.