VSI December Bulletin 2014
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International Volunteer Day 5th December

VSI would like to wish a Happy International Volunteer Day on December 5th for all our members, volunteers and organisations we have worked with in 2014. This is the UN day dedicated to the volunteer.
Volunteer Day in SCI International

You can participate in International Volunteer Day in 4 easy steps:
  • Ask yourself this question: What is volunteering for you?
  • Answer it with a photo. Be creative! We know you have a genius inside ;)
  • Share your photo with us using the #SCIVolunteers hashtag. We are on twitter and on Facebook. And you can also send it by email at
  • Let the world see the result, share it and spread, spread, spread!
More Info on SCI Website: Volunteers, have your say
VSI Volunteer News
50 Years of VSI - Call for volunteers
VSI will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015. We are looking for volunteers for the following posts
  • Join the steering group
  • Help with individual events
  • Give us your ideas
How you can get involved
Short-term projects 
VSI offers options all year around, for example:
  • New Year's Photo Marathon in Iceland
  • Environmental education in Tanzania in January
  • Renovating houses during traditional festival in Vietnam in February
Have a look for other options in SCI's Database or contact us: info@vsi,ie
Short-Term Project Database
Volunteering and Citizenship - E-book launch
Women in Nepal, Roma people in Italy, displaced people in Mauritius, Traveller people in Ireland; indigenous people in Mexico were the main themes for this unique Citizenship research project between 5 countries.
Read more about the project
Download E-book here
European Voluntary Service (EVS) - DL 4th Feb 2015
If you are interested you should check the database, with over 4,000 projects listed you won’t find a project on your lunchbreak but it’s worth persevering as there are some great opportunities and it’s fully funded – including travel, accommodation, food and pocket money.
More info about EVS on VSI website
EVS Database
SCI Long-Term Volunteering
A wide variety of SCI long-term projects are available in the coming months, examples include:
- UK – working at the Calvert Trust - Outdoor Activity Centre for people with disabilities in Northumberland.
- Japan - organic farming in a rural mountain village with socially excluded children and teenagers 
- USA - at a peaceful wolf sanctuary located in the remote mountains of Colorado
Long-Term Database
VSI in Ireland and abroad
EVS Hotspot Albania
In November former VSI EVS volunteer to Kosovo Claire O’Neill attended this seminar to explore the possibilities of developing EVS projects between European Union countries and Albania. If you are interested in doing an EVS in Albania or if you are interested in the results of this seminar contact Helen:
Volunteering by people with disabilities
VSI is currently working with Children in Crossfire (CIC), the RNIB NI and Comhlámh to explore how to make international volunteering opportunities more inclusive for people with disabilities.

Part of this initiative we are carrying out two surveys to find out how people think and feel about international volunteering opportunities for people with disabilities. 

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MIDI Seminar in Spain
In November former EVS volunteer to Israel, Maggie Ryan, attended a MIDI seminar which was hosted in El Masnou near Barcelona by SCI Catalonia. 
The SCI Midi Working Group supports the responsible and smooth exchange of volunteers between SCI branches and partners in North Africa and the Middle East. The seminar aimed to increase cooperation between countries from the Mediterranean area and analyse the management of conflict in the MIDI context.

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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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