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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.

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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.

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Posted by Heint Gabathuler on Apr 15, 2015

SCI Presentation guideline 1946It was the time before Power Point and Prezi. And it was a time when people were used to listen: “Concerning the length of the presentations, we consider the following timelines to be the most appropriate: Not shorter than 45 minutes, not longer than 90 minutes”, writes Ralph Hegnauer, then SCI International Secretary, towards the end of a German-language document titled Der Internationale Zivildienst – Was ist er? Was will er?” [1]



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Posted by Philipp Rodriguez on Apr 1, 2015

If anyone thinks SCI Archives are a pile of 95 years old dust and folders where our dedicated activists sit between rows of shelves - well it's not. It's a place thriving with history and stories. We actually had a visit by SCI France this week.

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Posted by Heinz Gabathuler on Mar 18, 2015

On March 13th, 2015, at last, I made it to Bilthoven: The small town near Utrecht in the Netherlands where the idea of reconciliation among nations after war through practical reconstruction work has been born almost one hundred years ago.




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Posted by Philipp Rodriguez on Feb 18, 2015

Wilbert Helsloot (2001)Wilbert Helsloot has been active for SCI in the Balkans between 1993 and 2006.

Deeply impressed by his work camp experience in a refugee camp in Croatia 1993 during the war in Yugoslavia he started a long time commitment for conflict resolution in the Balkans.



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Posted by Heinz Gabathuler on Feb 8, 2015

Les Soeurs du Service Civil - Booklet cover

Amongst the propaganda brochures issued by SCI in its early years, my clear favourite is the 32-pages booklet titled “Les Sours du Service Civil” (in English “The Sisters of Voluntary Service”) - in A5 format and a dark blue cover, issued 80 years ago, in 1935, by the one and only SCI Secretariat in Bern, Switzerland, and sold for the incredible price of 60 Swiss Cents.

Needless to say that unlike nowadays, in these times there were neither EU commission nor Swiss government grants available for printing such material – so our forefathers and foresisters did have to ask a price!



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