Scholarship for young people with vocational training

“Weltweit engagiert” – Scholarship program for persons who have completed an apprenticeship

Do you want to discover a new culture and broaden your horizons? Would you like to volunteer for a social or ecological project?

SCI Switzerland has the scholarship program “Worldwide”, supported by the Mercator Foundation, and we can award a total of 10 scholarships each year. Thanks to these scholarships, young graduates and young professionals receive a 50% discount on the total cost of a volunteer placement in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Your contact person

Our regular information events take place online via Zoom. Volunteering in Switzerland and abroad.

Loretta Scherler

Communication & projects, volunteer management, program manager LTV




  • are between 18 and 25 years old
  • have completed your vocational training
  • are motivated
  • want to participate in a project for 3-12 months
  • would like to implement a project idea of your own


You will have to pay the costs first and we will reimburse you 50% at the end of the project:

  • 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.
  • In some projects there are additional costs on site. These are noted in the search engine under the respective project.

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

SCI Switzerland and its partner organizations offer:

  • 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. Find your long-term assignment:

2. Inquire about travel expenses, visa requirements and health matters.

3. If you have any questions, contact Loretta:

4. When you have found your desired assignment, you can request the registration form from us:

5. Fill it in carefully and email it to Loretta ( 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.