Climate for Peace
For almost 90 years, IVS volunteers have been offering support to those in need after war, natural disasters, ecological and social challenges, and have been committed to promoting a culture of peace. The rising threat of climate change threatens this culture of peace.
Already, climate change has had a significant effect on many environments around the world. The famine in Africa and the Yemen and the melting glaciers in the Arctic are just two examples of global warming. Our fossil-fuel based economy and culture of consumerism are contributing significantly to this process.
The SCI Climate for Peace programme offers voluntary projects that have a positive impact on our climate. The Climate for Peace programme involves projects that promote sustainable living, projects that offer disaster relief to those affected by climate change, and projects that build resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Fighting for Peace
Established in 2009, the “Fighting for Peace” programme was created and delivered by IVS. It brought together young people from different schools in Edinburgh to participate in a non-formal educational initiative. The programme explored themes like violence, peacebuilding, positive communication, diversity and local and global poverty and citizenship.
“Stop building walls, start building bridges”
As a reaction to the current refugee crisis and forced migration, the Building Bridges programme aims to raise awareness and promote peace, understanding and integration between locals, refugees and asylum seekers. In the past, Building Bridges projects have involved volunteers helping to organise summer camps for young asylum seekers and teaching English to refugee children. You can find out more about the programme here.
European Voluntary Service
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is a programme of long-term, full-time volunteering opportunities open to young people aged 17-30 years old and residents in one of the participating countries. For the past 20 years, EVS has had a major impact on the lives of thousands of young people in Europe by improving their language and intercultural competencies, while providing support to local communities in need. The programme is funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Programme.
There are projects in many different fields, ranging from protection of the environment, through arts and culture, activities with children, young people or the elderly, heritage, to sports and leisure. All travel costs, insurance, food and accommodation are covered plus a small allowance is given to help volunteers support their needs during the project. Find out more about EVS.
European Solidarity Corps
Launched in December 2016, the European Solidarity Corps is a new initiative from the European Union initially designed to act as a crisis-response volunteering programme for young people in Europe. The European Solidarity Corps is for 18-30-year-olds who are residents of one of the European Union member states, with some exceptions. It has been developed into an initiative to support communities and people in need by offering young people volunteering and solidarity-related jobs, traineeships and apprenticeships, around Europe.
The European Solidarity Corps has both volunteering and occupational roles, therefore some of the roles are paid and contracted. Volunteers must visit the official website and register to join the corps by making an account.
Volunteer Pledge is a yearly campaign that was created to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to take up volunteering. Developed by IVS, Volunteer Pledge is in partnership with volunteering organisations across the United Kingdom. By making the pledge, individuals receive tailored voluntary opportunities to suit their interests and location.
You can view the Volunteer Pledge website here.