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description of organisation

Funded in 1931, IVS is the British branch of Service Civil International (SCI), a peace organisation working for the sustainable development of local and global communities throughout the world. We are a leading charity involving volunteers in international exchanges worldwide. Our aims are to promote peace, social justice and understanding between people and nations through voluntary projects and activities, in which we regard the cultural exchange and learning aspect as paramount. We believe that volunteering is most effective when there are a diverse range of participants. IVS welcomes volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.

We believe that an IVS project is of benefit to the volunteer, the volunteer project, the local community, and makes an important contribution towards international understanding and co-operation. For the individual, it creates an environment for building self-esteem and self-confidence: it is a learning experience which helps towards professional development and broadens horizons. Our activities within SCI normally include sending volunteers abroad , as well as receiving volunteers who wish to take part in multicultural projects in the Great Britain. We run both short-term (normally 2-3 weeks) and long-term (up to 12 months) projects, which allows our volunteers a degree of flexibility.

In partnership with SCI, we also run training schemes in peace and global citizenship, conflict management, as well as courses which explain how to address cultural differences. Alongside the support and training that we provide to volunteers, both before and during their project, we also evaluate our partners and volunteers at the end of their placement, in order to establish how positive the experience was, and if anything can be improved upon. We also actively look to forge new partnerships with local organisations, which meet our criteria and share our values and views on building world peace.

IVS attend events and fairs, where we seek to promote global citizenship, the benefits of volunteering and EVS opportunities.

inclusion topics

This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:

Inclusion categoryReceiving projectsSending projectsCoordinating projectsHosting organisationSupporting organisation
Cultural differences
Economic obstacles
Geographical obstacles

Volunteering project

Project name Project Dates Deadline Status
“David Ricardo” Madeiran Heritage Project in Portugal
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Jul 2017 to Apr 2018
01/07/2017 - 30/04/2018
19/05/2017 closed
Jeunes Citoyens pour l’Europe in France
A total of 44 week(s) during the period
Oct 2017 to Aug 2018
31/10/2017 - 01/08/2018
30/09/2017 closed
The EVS Awakening at the Grassmarket Community Project
A total of 52 week(s) during the period
Apr 2018 to Jul 2019
01/04/2018 - 01/07/2019
31/07/2018 closed
EVS in Greece for UK candidates- 4 months
A total of 26 week(s) during the period
Jul 2018 to Jan 2019
01/07/2018 - 01/01/2019
31/07/2018 closed
FOR BRITISH VOLUNTEERS: EVS in a secondary school at Pau - SW France
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Sep 2018 to Jun 2019
03/09/2018 - 30/06/2019
13/08/2018 closed
MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES for english and french volunteer
A total of 40 week(s) during the period
Jun 2018 to Aug 2019
01/06/2018 - 01/08/2019
31/12/2037 closed
Find Your Way at AmCham
A total of 52 week(s) during the period
Jan 2018 to Jan 2019
31/01/2018 - 01/01/2019
31/12/2037 full
URGENT: Find Your Way at Angelus
A total of 36 week(s) during the period
Nov 2018 to Sep 2019
01/11/2018 - 01/09/2019
31/12/2037 open
URGENT: Find your Way at Artico
A total of 36 week(s) during the period
Nov 2018 to Sep 2019
01/11/2018 - 01/09/2019
31/12/2037 open
Find Your Way at Independent Journalism Centre
A total of 39 week(s) during the period
May 2018 to Feb 2019
01/05/2018 - 01/02/2019
31/12/2037 full

This organisation is accredited to run projects under Erasmus+ Volunteering and the European Solidarity Corps.

Scope Volunteering

Role Expiry date
PIC no: 919771364 | Last updated on 07/07/2017

Organisation topics

International cooperation, international relations, development cooperation

EU Citizenship, EU awareness and Democracy

Youth (Participation, Youth Work, Youth Policy)