our Stories

  about deeds

The world we know has not always been like this,

 but how has it been then? Check what volunteers of the past have to say.

on the occasion of the one hundred years since the first workcamp, International Voluntary Organizations and Networks are collecting testimonies of volunteers from the past decades.

 

Wilbert in Croatia, 1993

Wilbert in Croatia, 1993

What did we take from that: everything! A philosophy of life. Meeting with others, the fact that men can live completely differently on the other side of the world but that they ultimately have the same values: mutual aid, solidarity, respect and listening to other, the pleasure of doing things in common, the fact of being able to live with little …

My 5 decade, 5 Phase of Volunteering with SCI

My 5 decade, 5 Phase of Volunteering with SCI

Stephen Nah, from SCI-Malaysia (Official), shares his 50 years with SCI movement, from his twenties to his sixties, through bachelorhood, marriage, parenthood and now grandparenting. He talks about his first workcamp, which took place in 1970, just out of high school. Striking a balance between career, studies and parenting. He explains how to organize workcamps, forums, swims, runs, meetings, makan makan. On his part, he found it fun, challenging sometimes, but always spiritually rewarding!

Denis and Joëlle

Denis and Joëlle

What did we take from that: everything! A philosophy of life. Meeting with others, the fact that men can live completely differently on the other side of the world but that they ultimately have the same values: mutual aid, solidarity, respect and listening to other, the pleasure of doing things in common, the fact of being able to live with little …

Philippe

Philippe

This workcamp was for me the occasion of experiencing concrete friendship. It was also an initiation to site management, I have been able to observe and learn camp leaders’ duties and role and took an interest in it. It made me want to get more deeply involved in this kind of projects. Of course it brought me international openness and more globally openness of mind.

Maria

Maria

I picked a workcamp in France with a very interesting task for the volunteers: we had to prepare a fantasy festival in the small town of Billom, Auvergne. I had started to learn French at school some years before, so I thought this could be a good opportunity to use the language and improve my skills.
But I think the biggest motivation for me was the adventure: going somewhere I had never been before and meeting people I had never met before.

Fritz

Fritz

The days were hot, the nights cold, with rain often dripping through the shattered roof. We slept on the ground. And every night we each had to inspect our mattress to be sure that no scorpions were hiding under there, or worse in the sleeping bag. Sometimes there was still shooting going on at night.

Arthur

Arthur

I doubt that most human beings can be conditioned by a single experience. A personality is built from a diversity of experiences and commitments, as well as the goals that we have set for ourselves. As far as I am concerned, the work sites of the SCI and other voluntary activities have certainly determined my orientation.

Paolo

Paolo

I was 24 y.o. in 1986, when I took part in my first voluntary workcamp. I was about to graduate at university in Rome. At that time military duty was compulsory in Italy and consciousness objectors were very few. If they decided for an alternative civil service they were forced to serve 20 months instead of.