How would you like to work as a volunteer most anywhere in the world or close to home as a holistic health volunteer to help people or plants, build or dig? See, Contact Service Civil International (SCI). Check out the International Work Camps site. You can work in the field of science, health education, building, planting, or numerous other fields. You can work overseas or locally in the USA or in Canada.
Overseas locations on the site’s list include: Senegal; Serbia; Sierra Leone; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sri Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Thailand; Togo; Tunisia; Turkey. But if there’s a revolution in the country just when you want to visit, one good idea is to pick out another place.
Your holistic volunteerism would be through Service Civil International (SCI). Let’s say you’re not in school and not employed. What do you do? You can be 16 for USA work, 18 for overseas work, or any age. So it’s good for retirees as well as for younger people. Most volunteers are in their twenties.
See the various Programs. Also take a look at the Service Civil International (SCI)’s 5 other Volunteer Abroad programs. View all Listings.
What does an International Workcamps Volunteer actually do on the job? View Service Civil International (SCI)’s 5 other Volunteer Abroad programs. You can Contact Service Civil International (SCI).
What nations can you volunteer to work in and get minimal health insurance, meals, and a place to live while you volunteer your work in helping others holistically?
Senegal; Serbia; Sierra Leone; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sri Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Thailand; Togo; Tunisia; Turkey
2-4 weeks, 3-6 months (includes high school academic semester abroad), 7-12 months (includes high school academic year abroad)
Typical Duration of Program
March to September
Through various non-profit partner organizations worldwide and through the SCI network of international and regional development, SCI IVS USA participates in the exchange of volunteers each year in short term 2-3 week international group workcamps and in long term 3-12 months volunteer postings in over 50 countries.
Typically workcamps are made up of 5-20 volunteers. A workcamp can vary from; re-building homes in areas hit by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, assisting Alpine farmers in the Austrian Alps, beach restoration in the South of Spain, building maintenance at an orphanage in the Ukraine, or helping on an organic tea farm in Japan. You pick the country and work based upon your strengths.
- Program Fees Include
The cost of the workcamp includes accomodation and meals during the project along with minimal health and accident insurance coverage. You must arrange and pay for travel to and from the workcamp site.
- No Experience Required
- Volunteer Types
- Building Maintenance
- Community Development
- Community Organizing
- Disability Issues
- Fixing Fences
- Grassroots Organization
- Health Education
- Human Rights
- Indigenous Issues
- Minority Groups
- Organizational Development
- Refugee Relief
- Street Kids
- Trail Building
- Tree Planting
- Youth Development
- Typical Volunteer
A majority of our volunteers are in their early to mid-twenties. There is no upper age limit except where a workcamp states specific age requirements. Some camps are intentionally planned as “mixed aged” camps so as to include a wide range of volunteer ages.
- Age Range
You have to be at least 16 to participate in a US/Canadian workcamp, 18 to participate in a foreign developed country and 21 for developing country.
- This Program is open to
American Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.
- Typical Living Arrangements
- Group living
- Participants Travel Independently
- Typically Participants Work in Groups of 5-20 volunteers in our typical workcamps.
- Application Process Involves
- Written Application
- Typically The Application Process Time is 2-3 weeks
- Post Services Include Alumni Network
- Service Civil International (SCI)’s Mission Statement
“Peace through deeds, not words” is our mission. We believe that people are capable of living together with mutual respect and without using violence to solve conflicts. We promote worldwide short term and long term voluntary service to impact social, environmental and humanitarian issues.
- Year Founded1920
The work varies but usually falls into two categories:
Physical: building, planting, digging, painting, gardening, re-storing, cleaning, constructing, weeding.
Social: working with children, elderly or others with special needs, taking part in art or social related projects.
- Program Fees Include
Workcamps are specially designed to be a group of international folks. There will be no more than two volunteers from any given country.
The workcamps typically include accommodation and meals during the project. Certain projects (especially in developing countries) have difficulty funding this expense and will ask for an additional camp fee payable upon arrival to the camp. Additional fees will be noted in the camp description.
The accommodation could be living in tents, in dorm style housing, or in one large room within a community center or hostel. Usually meals are part of the work. Together the volunteers decide how to plan, shop, prepare, serve and clean up after each meal.
No specific skills are necessary unless otherwise stated for a particular workcamp. Past volunteer experience is helpful but not required. You have to be at least 16 to participate in a US/Canadian workcamp, 18 to participate in a foreign developed country and 21 for developing country.
There is no upper age limit except where a workcamp states specific age requirements. Some camps are intentionally planned as “mixed aged” camps so as to include a wide range of volunteer ages.
Inquiries from outside the USA/Canada will not be answered unless from a US/Canadian citizen.
- Cost in US$:
The application fee is $235. for international camp, some camps may require additional participation fee.
- Medical insurance