50 years of VSI news including online project
Volunteering Updates News and Projects
Teenage programme updates
Welcome to Hilary Troy
Sad news Mary White 
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Photo: VSI volunteer celebrating the International Volunteer Day (IVD) in Vietnam in December 2014

         50 years a growing
        Congratulations VSI!

VSI is celebrating 50 years of working for peace and international understanding during 2015.  We were founded in 1965 by a group of active volunteers and organised 2 international volunteer projects that summer in Dublin and on the border of Leitrim/Fermanagh. During 2015 we want to celebrate; to raise the profile of VSI; to reconnect with past members/volunteers; to revitalise VSI; to seek fundraising possibilities through events (see 50 years online project below). If you would like to get involved in a local or national event please contact Tom Ryder at the VSI office. More details


VSI Volunteer News

EVS Programme
EVS upcoming deadline and vacancies in Catalonia and Austria
The next EVS deadline is coming up on 4th February. By this date volunteers should have been selected for a project by the hosting organisation. For EVS project listings go to the EVS database VSI has three vacancies that are exclusive to volunteers in Ireland, two of these are in Catalonia and one is in Austria More details here

International Volunteer Projects 2015 (2-4 weeks)

Irish Speakers needed in Wikipedia for Peace project

SCI Austria is running an innovative and creative project on the topic of peace for Wikipedia. The project will take place in Vienna for 2 weeks in August and volunteers will research and write articles for Wikipedia on the topic of peace. Volunteers speaking Irish / Gaelic and other minority languages are needed. More details

In addition to the Austrian project above there are many other exciting projects taking place around the world in 2015. At present there are approx 150 projects worldwide and in late February there will be 750+ projects!  Search for a project here

Sad News about Mary White
We have learned of the tragic death in a cycling accident in Dublin in November last of Mary White an active VSI volunteer. She volunteered from 1998 to 2004 in Finland, India and Sri Lanka. Afterwards she was active with the preparation of volunteers going to Asia for several years. We send our sympathies to her family and friends.

Welcome to Hilary Troy
VSI welcomes Hilary Troy to the VSI staff team where she will assist in keeping a busy office on the move. Hilary hails from Swords, Co. Dublin and she is also studying public relations. 
The Teenage Programme

The Teenage Programme is back in action!
There will be a meeting of active youth-leaders, volunteers and young people who are interested in planning the programme of activities or taking on a leadership role on Saturday 24th of January in the VSI office. Check it out here - Facebook event

Young People, 2015 and Beyond Feb 10 Dublin  
Members of the Teenage Programme will attend and speak at the National Youth Council of Ireland's event, "Young People, 2015 and Beyond on February 10th. The event aims to gather young people with youth and community workers, policy makers and politicians to share their ideas on the kind of world goals governments should be developing for a shared, better future. Our members will speak about last year's Dialogue for Change project, which explored the issues faced by young people seeking asylum in Ireland.

Year of Inclusion
The Italian branch of SCI has just received funding for a long-term project, "The Year of Inclusion" which focuses on Youth and Social Inclusion and which the Teenage Programme of VSI will take an active part in. The project will include a seminar in Rome in April, a training for volunteer youth leaders in May, and another seminar in October, as well as job shadowing placements for volunteers interested in developing their skills in social inclusion work.
More updates from the programme will follow our planning meeting next week. 
50 Years of VSI - Online Project - Call for Volunteers
Do you have a strong interest in history, journalism, digital media or web design? VSI is looking for volunteers to assist with a digital history project taking place to coincide with our 50th anniversary celebrations. Throughout 2015, we will be exploring the VSI archives and reconnecting with past members to get an understanding of the major episodes in VSI's history. We are looking for a small team of dedicated volunteers to help research, write and showcase a series of articles about VSI from the '60s to the present day. If you are interested in finding out more about the project, please email/or contact Tom Ryder at VSI -
Volunteers at Glencree Peace Centre                       Project 1981
Voluntary Service International (VSI) is the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide peace movement that began in 1920. We work to promote peace, social justice, sustainable development and intercultural understanding through volunteering abroad and in Ireland.
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