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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 Heinz Gabathuler on Nov 11, 2013

Volunteer of British IVSP in Volos (1946)This years' Internation Comittee Meeting of Service Civil International (SCI) will be held in Greece, remembering 30 years of uninterrupted SCI activity in the country.

The first SCI activists working in Greece, however, were representatives of the British IVSP who went there for doing relief and welfare work shortly after the liberation in 1944.

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Posted by Philipp Rodriguez on Oct 13, 2013

Fritz Lampert in Algeria

Fritz Lampert, a well known German paediatrician published his memories in 2011. In chapter 16 he describes his journey to Algeria after independence in 1962. His experience as young physician has been translated to English and is now published on the website of SCI Archives.

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Posted by Philipp Rodriguez on Aug 5, 2013

Isn't it normal that many things changed in the long history of the Service Civil International? SCI branches were founded and some has been dissolved as well. Organisational structure were created, modified and dissolved. Even some ideas has changed. However I think some technical and organisational challenges stayed. If you run organisation like SCI then you need e.g. an effective volunteer placement system.

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Posted by Heinz Gabathuler on Jun 9, 2013

Gabriel Pretus: Humanitarian Relief in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). 2013

SCI's contribution to humanitarian relief during and after the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) remains an interesting field for academic research in SCI International Archives.

British historian Gabriel Pretus lately published his thesis covering different approaches to humanitarian aid during the Civil War in Spain.

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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.

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