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, Europa, North America.

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.

The duration is 1 – 12 months. From 18 years old.

Your contact person

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Loretta Scherler

Communication & projects, program manager 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.)

Where do you want to go?

Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand

Great Britain, Russia, Spain, Turkey

El Salvador


  • Long-term participation fee: CHF 340.-
  • Pre-departure Training participation fee: CHF 60.-
  • 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.
  • In some projects there are additional costs on site. These are noted in the search engine under the respective project.

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!

The scholarship of the “Weltweit engagiert” programme covers 50% of the total costs.

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. 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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