Service Civil International (SCI)
Service Civil International (SCI) is a voluntary service organization with 33 branches and groups worldwide. SCI focuses on international exchange and cultural awareness programs.
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Three distinct programs are offered:
The International Workcamps Program places volunteers in short (2-3 week) international workcamps, most of which take place during the summer. Groups of international volunteers live and work together on projects that benefit local communities and voluntary organizations.
The M/LTV (Medium/Long-Term Volunteer) program places volunteers 21 years and older in 3 to 12 month projects.
The Teenage Working Group: Enables young people (age 16-19) from areas of high unemployment to join in short-term voluntary work exchanges from European countries.
Generally, you have to be at least 16 to participate in the US workcamps, 18 to participate in a foreign developed country workcamps, and 21 for developing countries. Long term volunteers need to be at least 21 years old. There is no upper age limit except where a project states specific age requirements.
Applicants must apply through the SCI branch in the country in which they reside.
Each branch of the SCI has it's own fee schedule. US / Canada project application fees are $65. All overseas project application fees are $125.
Some short term project hosts ask for an additional contribution to their cause.
You must arrange and pay for transportation to and from the project.
Web Site: www.sciint.org
Registration / Application
The SCI web site has extensive information on registration. There is a listing of current and upcoming projects at the SCI Camps site.
History: Founded in 1920.
Service Civil International currently has projects in 121 countries in 11 Regions (Africa: 30, Asia: 14, Australia-Oceania: 12, Central America: 4, Caribbean: 13, Eastern Europe: 10, Middle East: 8, North America: 3, South America: 7, Southeast Asia: 6, Western Europe: 14)
The aims of SCI are to promote peace, international understanding and solidarity, social justice, sustainable development, and respect for the environment.