Countries: Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

Language courses, stays with host families, internships or long-term engagements

Through various activities such as language courses, stays with host families, internships or long-term engagements within the ‘Ostwärts’ program, participants get a deeper insight into everyday life in the host country, its language and culture.

From 18 years old. Duration: 1 – 12 months (note visa requirements)

Study and cultural trips for groups

We support teachers and others interested in organizing study and cultural trips for groups. Individual programs are possible and may contain various activities.

From 14 years old. Duration, as desired, 5 – 14 days. With participants under the age of 18, at least one accompanying adult (or, depending on the size of the group, more than one) must be present.

Your contact person

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Nathalia Zimmermann

Finances, member care, Program Ostwärts & Fundraising


Language course

Take a language course during your stay and learn the language of your host country

Stay with a host family

Living with a host family for some time means seeing the host country through their eyes

Group study trip

 Discover Kyrgyzstan or Uzbekistan with your class, club or group


With an internship of 1-6 months you will get to know Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan

Long-term volunteering (1-12 months)

Art Project with Children


Nomadic Art Camp


Art Recidency Preparation in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan


Volunteering in a school

Namangan, Uzbekistan



  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Depending on the type of program, knowledge of Russian is required. A Russian course can be attended on site.
  • Composition of a report on your engagement on returning
  • Interest in the respective region and in the work of SCI Switzerland
  • Participation in a preparatory seminar. Learn about concepts like White Saviour Complex and Decolonize Volunteering
  • Recommendation: +4 weeks in host country or region – think about your ecological footprint!
  • Pass on your own experiences to new volunteers after the assignment


  • Food and lodging on site
  • Assistance by SCI Switzerland before departure, during the assignment and after returning
  • Invitation letter for visas if needed
  • Preparation and evaluation of the assignment
  • One-year membership with SCI Switzerland (incl. SCI newsletter, reduction of seminar fees, etc.)
  • Visa service if desired


  • Participation fee long-term placement, language course and staying with a family:  CHF 690.-
  • Participation fee for the regular workcamp (2 weeks) in Eastern Europe: CHF 290.-
  • There is a reduction of CHF 30.- for those with no or little income
  • Costs in the host country: administration fee (called “extra fee” in the project description), plus any program costs for a host family stay, language course, etc.
  • Travel expenses (you will have to organize the trip yourself)
  • Costs for visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, etc. (visa service via SCI)


If you cancel a program you must in any case pay 60% of the participation fee. If we receive the cancellation later than three weeks before the start of the program, or in the event of a no-show or early termination of the program, you will pay the entire registration fee.

What is your participation fee used for?

SCI Switzerland is a certified non-profit organisation. We rely on participation fees, membership fees and donations to organise volunteer engagements, place volunteers and for the preparation and follow-up of volunteers and camp coordinators. The participation fee only covers a small part of the actual costs. SCI Switzerland is mainly supported by its long-standing members and donors as well as government subsidies. The local project partners also contribute a great deal themselves to the realisation of the projects (work camps, long-term engagements, etc.).

Scholarship for young people with vocational training

Do you have a vocational training and are you under 25 years of age? Then you can apply for a scholarship!

SCI Switzerland has a scholarship programme and we can award scholarships for young professionals. Thanks to this, young graduates and young professionals have all programme costs covered 100%, as well as travel costs.



If you are interested in participating in the ‘Ostwärts’ exchange, you have to take steps well in advance: depending on the country and type of assignment, two to six months before the desired assignment starts.


  1. Read the terms and conditions carefully (above).
  2. Decide on your program with the help of our descriptions for the projects, or, for workcamps, of the search engine.
  3. Inquire about travel expenses, visa requirements and health matters.
  4. If you have any questions, please contact Nathalia: nathalia.zimmermann@scich.org Make an appointment for a consultation.
  5. Request the registration form, fill it out carefully and send it to Nathalia. Your registration is final, cancellation fees will apply. You can register for workcamps directly on the workcamp search engine.


We will check your registration carefully. If you meet the conditions for participation, we will forward your registration to our local partner organization. This will decide on the inclusion in the project. As soon as we have received an answer, we will inform you and discuss the next steps with you.