Long-Term-Volunteering (LTV)

In a long-term assignment, you as a volunteer will make a large contribution to a charitable project in Asia, Africa, Latin America, UK, Spain, North America. The duration is 1 – 12 months. You will immerse yourself in a different culture and acquire new skills that will enrich you personally and that will also help you when you return to Switzerland. From 18 years old.


You can do a north-south exchange in Africa, Asia or Latin America. When you return, you see the world through different eyes. You can continue to work in Switzerland for a more just distribution of resources, sustainable development and fair trade. The duration is 2 weeks (workcamps) or 1 – 12 months (long-term engagement). From 18 years old.

If you have any questions, please contact Loretta: loretta.scherler@scich.org, 031 381 46 20


Long-Term-Volunteering (LTV)

  • Age: 18 to 99 years
  • A high level of motivation and initiative, yet certain prior knowledge or skills or professional qualifications are generally not required
  • The attending of a preparatory meeting in Switzerland
  • Sufficient language skills to be able to communicate in the project country
  • The composition of a report on your engagement on returning
  • Willingness to share your experiences with SCI Switzerland after your return (presentation at a seminar or meeting, article, video, etc.)


  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Participation in the preparatory seminar
  • Interest in North-South topics and in the work of SCI Switzerland
  • Good knowledge of English, French or Spanish, depending on the host country
  • The composition of a report on your engagement on returning
  • Passing on your own experiences to new volunteers at the preparatory seminar the following year


Long-Term-Volunteering (LTV)

  • Long-term participation fee: CHF 340.-
  • There is a reduction of CHF 30 for those with no or little income.
  • Travel expenses (you yourself will have to organize your trip).
  • For visa, vaccination, etc.


  • Participation fee workcamp North-South CHF 290.-
  • Participation fee long-term engagement CHF 340
  • There is a reduction of CHF 30 for those with no or little income.
  • Solidarity contribution for the costs in the host country according to the project description (to be paid directly on site, amounts to up to 350 euros per month and covers living and administration costs on site.).
  • Travel expenses (you will have to organize the trip yourself)
  • Costs for visa, vaccinations, travel insurance, etc.

Why pay for volunteering?

SCI Switzerland is a non-profit organization. In order to organize and arrange volunteer assignments, as well as for the preparation and follow-up of the volunteers and the camp coordinators, we depend on participation fees. In contrast to tourism-oriented arrangements, we are organized as an association and are committed to volunteering, local charitable projects, etc.


  • Food and lodging on sitea moderate allowance (depending on the location)
  • Supervision by SCI Switzerland before departure, during the assignment and on returning
  • Invitation letter for visas, if needed
  • Preparation and evaluation of the assignment
  • One-year membership in SCI Switzerland (incl. SCI newsletter, reduction of seminar fees, etc.)


If you are interested in a long-term engagement, you must contact us well in advance; depending on the country of deployment:  2 to 6 months before departure; at short notice registrations are not possible.


  1. Check that you meet the requirements.
  2. Find your workcamp on the search engine or your long-term assignment in the database for long-term assignments or in the vacancies list. There are some free places for short- and long-term projects in Cambodia. Find your project here.
  3. Inquire about travel expenses, visa requirements and health matters.
  4. If you have any questions, contact Loretta: loretta.scherler@scich.org.
  5. When you have found your desired assignment, you can request the registration form from us: loretta.scherler@scich.org.
  6. Ask for the registration form, fill it in carefully and email it to Loretta (loretta.scherler@scich.org). Your registration is final, cancellation fees will apply.


We will check your registration carefully and if you meet the conditions for participation, we will forward your registration to our local partner organization. This decides on the inclusion in the project. If you are elected, we will hold a preparatory conversation with you in which your expectations, your motivation and open questions will be clarified.

The Power Behind Good Intentions [Toolkit]


European volunteers often -consciously or subconsciously- have colonial mindsets Many Europeans have good intentions when wanting to participate in volunteering projects in the Global South. They are eager to “help” where they can, they want to get to know “other” cultures and live a different kind of life than the one they are used to. Europeans usually don’t know that these motivations are rooted in centuries of colonial exploitation and oppression of societies and cultures outside of Europe.

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