Do your European Voluntary Service at SCI Switzerland! Apply now!

15/05/2024

We are looking for 1 international volunteer (Europe and partner countries) aged between 18 and 30, for a 12-month stay. The volunteer will support the work in the office in volunteer placement and communication tasks.

The European Voluntary Service (EVS) programme was created in order to promote solidarity and a sense of community among younger people within Europe (and other partner Countries). With this project, participants get to volunteer for many different organisations with various cultural and social aims. This is a great opportunity to learn new skills and develop their competences, it is not merely an internship experience, as it allows space for self-discovery and the development of personal projects. 

EVS is financed by Movetia, the Swiss national Agency and therefore completely free for all participants. It includes travel expenses, food and accomodation, a language course and pocket money.

Information about the hosting organization

SCI Switzerland is a peace organization, which is organizing around 15 workcamps with around 150 international volunteers every year. Around 80 volunteers living in Switzerland are participating every year in camps within Switzerland or abroad. Next to the workcamps, SCI Switzerland is hosting around 4 international trainings in Bern per year as well as organizing different events like living libraries or a film screening; taking part in different school fairs all around Switzerland in order to promote the projects and activities from SCI in Switzerland and abroad as well as coordinating local projects in Bern. There are currently five staff members working part time and one EVS volunteer in the office.

Information about the EVS Placement

  • Where: Bern, Switzerland
  • Duration (in months): 12 months
  • Dates: 19.08.2024 (or by arrangement) – 18.08.2025 (or by arrangement)
  • Deadline for application: 31st May 2024
Activity description

As an EVS, you will be involved in the planning and organisation of workcamps. This includes support in the conception and realisation of workshops and preparatory weekends for future workcamp participants and the evaluation of workcamps. During 4 months in the transition from spring to summer you will be mainly involved in the placement of volunteers in workcamps in Switzerland and abroad. Before and after that you have the possibility to be involved in communication from SCI Switzerland: you can e.g. use the opportunity to record and edit videos or write a testimonial from your workcamp experience as well as support in another way in the promotion of SCI activities. On the other hand you can gain a deeper insight into the workings of fundraising which will sharpen your skills in resourcing and financial management. Next to office tasks, you will be able to participate and if wished also to (co-)lead throughout your entire EVS in non-formal events like the preparatory seminars for the SCI outgoings, the living libraries, the school affairs, SCI info-events, the international trainings and for sure the workcamps! You are encouraged to carry out your own project, that stands in relation with the vision and goals of SCI Switzerland. As an EVS you have the opportunity to actively participate in many areas of SCI Switzerland and to contribute your individual skills.

Volunteer’s profile
  • You are between 18-30 years old
  • You are available for the full 12 months
  • You have good knowledge in English and preferably in German and/or French – this will make it easier for you to participate and exchange with other people at local events (lots of our events take place in English, but not all of them).
  • You are a diligent, detail-oriented individual with good organizational skills and committed to accuracy as well as open to get in touch with people.
  • You share SCI values, are motivated for the work with people and volunteers from different backgrounds and interested in office work as well as in participating in activities outside the office!
Practical arrangements

For your accommodation SCI rents a room in a campus and you get a budget for food. You will live together with other people in an apartment that are working or studying in Bern. You have your own room.

Movetia’s funding for the EVS programme covers:

  • Board and lodging
  • International travel costs (from 400CHF to 1000CHF for international travel depending on the destination)
  • Pocket money (8CHF per day)
  • EVS Trainings (on arrival and mid-term)
  • Health insurance
  • German lessons (optional)
  • Continuous mentoring and support since arrival and throughout all the stay
  • Final certification about the work done and competences acquired

The practical and logistic matters will be handled by your sending organisation. SCI Switzerland will organize all administrative matters like insurance and visa.

How to apply

Send your application to evs@scich.org (ref: “SCI Switzerland EVS”) as soon as possible with:

  • Motivation letter for the project
  • CV, Curriculum Vitae

Deadline for the application: 31st May 2024

Please note that you can only apply if you are between 18-30 years old and if you have not volunteered through the Erasmus+ before.

For more information, you can contact: evs@scich.org

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