100 years of SCI Switzerland

100 years of SCI Switzerland – 100 years of common commitment to peace

Let’s celebrate our centenary together in 2024!

We are delighted that you have found our official landing page for the centenary of SCI Switzerland. The first workcamp in Switzerland was organised by SCI in 1924. We’ve been working towards a more peaceful world for a century now, and it is a pleasure to celebrate this event with you.

About us

SCI Switzerland was founded in 1924 and since then has been committed to peace, social justice and the promotion of intercultural exchange. As an international network, our organisation is active all over the world and supports non-profit projects.


14 March: Film screening (ciné liminal, Berne)
We will be showing two short films (about 30 minutes each) from our SCI archives. The first film is about SCI’s action after a natural disaster in Zernez in 1951, and the second film shows SCI’s action with a long-term project partner, Biohof Gruebisbalm, in 2001. The films show the diversity and evolution of SCI’s interventions over the past decades and provide an overview of SCI Switzerland’s peace work.

  • 18.30 – 18.45 Arrival
  • 18.45 – 19:00 Input SCI Switzerland
  • 19.00 – 20.00 Film screening
  • from 20.00 – Discussion (ciné liminal)
  • 21.00 End of the event

Free entry.

Venue: Kino in der Reitschule (Neubrückstrasse 8, 3012 Berne).

Guests: Walter Flury, Gruebisbalm project partner, and Michael Ryffel, participant in the project and film-maker. This is a collaboration with ciné liminal and Kino der Reitschule.

4 & 5 May: Mini-Workcamp and general meeting of members (Commune d’Ormont-Dessus VD)

Sa, 4 May: Mini-Workcamp, 12h30
Venue: Les Diablerets, train station
– Dinner together
– Evening programme: games evening

Sun, 5 May: General Meeting, 11h30
– Welcome & getting to know each other
– SCI 2023
– Statutory part
– Apéro (offered by the commune)

If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch with Nathalia: nathalia.zimmermann@scich.org

June – October: Exhibition on the anniversary of SCI Switzerland

As part of our anniversary celebrations, we are organising a travelling exhibition on the history of SCI Switzerland at various locations in Switzerland:

  • June – July: Kornhausbibliothek Bern (Kornhausplatz 18, 3011 Bern)
  • September: Dipartimento Formazione e apprendimento/Alta scuola pedagogica of the SUPSI Locarno (Piazza S. Francesco 19, 6600 Locarno)
  • October – November: Social Archives Zurich (Stadelhoferstrasse 12, 8001 Zurich)

More information

17 August: SCI Party in Bern – Save the Date!

The party will take place from 15.00 at Chinderchübu Bern.

We will be offering a diverse programme with games to get to know each other, a children’s programme, a delicious buffet, barbecue, hot pot, disco and a concert by the artist Makena Djapo. Details will follow – Save the date!

More information

21 September: Living-Library: International Day of Peace (Berne)

More information on the event will be published soon.

Current articles on 100 years of SCI Switzerland

Learn more about the history of SCI Suisse by reading the latest articles that look at our organisation’s past, present and future. Our authors share insights, stories and reflections that offer a comprehensive view of how SCI Suisse has evolved over the years.

100 Jahre SCI Schweiz: Ein Rückblick auf die Ursprünge und die Entwicklung unseres Engagements für den Frieden (Heinz Gabathuler, Internationaler Archivar des SCI)

Vers l’Eglise / Les Ormonts: Der erste Zivildiensteinsatz in der Schweiz vor 100 Jahrenlanden (Heinz Gabathuler -Text- / Anne Babey -Übersetzung-)

Be part of 100 years of SCI Switzerland

Do you want to celebrate with us? Contact us if you would like to take part in one or more activities. You can also share your thoughts, memories and photos with us on SCI Switzerland’s social networks using the hashtag #SCISwitzerland100.

Thank you very much for your support – let’s celebrate together!