Long Term Volunteering

SCI’s Long Term Volunteering (LTV) programme provides volunteers with the opportunity to join a project from 1 to 12 months in another country and community. Long Term Volunteering is more than just work. It is the experience of living abroad and learning from different cultures and people, while getting deeply involved with a concrete project that is for the benefit of the local community. It is a commitment that enables sustained work for peace, both on a concrete level for SCI branches and partner organisations, but also and especially on a personal level for the volunteer and the members of the community.

Variety of projects

Long Term Volunteers can choose from a variety of projects and activities, from working with disabled people, disadvantaged youth or ethnic minorities, to working in an office or running daily activities in an eco-village.

Accessibility of long term volunteer projects

All Long Term Volunteers that work in SCI are provided with food and accommodation, some pocket money and a basic SCI health insurance. Travel costs to the project are generally covered by the volunteer him/herself. Long Term Volunteer Projects are open to all people without any distinction of sex, race, religion or ideology. There is no upper age limit, but volunteers need to be at least 18 years.

I know for sure that I won’t come back to the ‘normal’, material-orientated life I led before; the experiences I am gathering here are too important to leave behind. For me this means keeping the focus on people: starting with loving myself to find inner peace, and from there being able to connect with others from the heart.


long-term volunteer in Switzerland

Online database

If you are interested in long-term volunteering, you can search for opportunities in our online database for Long-Term Volunteering Projects.