SCI has its own Insurance scheme. The insurance scheme covers medical costs in case of accidents and illnesses during the projects (for details of coverage consult Insurance Sheet, https://www.sci.ngo/insurance). For each volunteer, SCI branches pay the Volunteer Exchange Fee (VEF) and the insurance is covered through it.

Not all countries are covered through the SCI insurance: Only volunteers participating in projects of SCI branches or being sent by SCI branches in Europe, USA, Canada, Turkey, Middle Asia including Mongolia, Korea, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Mediterranean Area and the Near East are covered (see the map below). These countries that are covered by the insurance are called the “VEF area”. Different insurance procedures apply for volunteers participating in projects outside of this area and for volunteers participating in workcamps of partner organizations.

What does the insurance cover?

  • That’s a lot to list here. All branches and volunteers must read the details of SCI’s insurance cover and be aware of its limitations. You can find the Insurance Guidelines on the Members Area.
  • Age limits of the insurance: Volunteers who bring children under 16 years to workcamps and volunteers older than 70 years must be advised to take out private insurance.
  • Period: Travelling days before and after the workcamp are not covered
  • Dental healthcare is not covered.
  • Feel free to advise volunteers to get additional personal insurance.

For SCI Branches/Groups in VEF area* (Europe, USA, Canada, Turkey, Middle Asia including Mongolia, Korea, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mediterranean area and Near East):

  • All their incoming volunteers in their workcamps, no matter where and which organization they come from, are automatically insured
  • All their outgoing volunteers to workcamps organized by partner organisations in VEF area are automatically insured. The sending organisation has to make sure volunteers joining workcamps organized by partner organizations are informed about the Insurance procedures and provided with a sufficient supply of accident/illness notification forms as well as the “Insurance Infosheet”.
  • Their outgoing volunteers to workcamps outside the VEF area (both to SCI and partners) can be insured** by the sending organization on request. It is recommended to sending organisations to insure these volunteers in the SCI Insurance Scheme. If the sending organisation uses this option, it has to make sure the outgoing volunteers are informed about the Insurance procedures and provided with a sufficient supply of accident/illness notification forms as well as the “Insurance Infosheet”.

For SCI Branches/Groups outside VEF area* (Latin America (including Mexico), Sub-Saharan Africa, Mauritius, South- and South-East Asia):

  • Their Incoming volunteers are NOT automatically insured. SCI branches/ groups and partner organisations outside the VEF area can request to insure volunteers in their projects: For further information about procedure and costs contact SCI Insurance Administrator.
  • Their Outgoing volunteers to SCI workcamps in VEF area are automatically insured.
  • Their Outgoing volunteers to partners’ workcamps everywhere and to SCI workcamps outside VEF area can be insured by the sending organization on request. It is recommended to sending organisations to insure these volunteers in the SCI Insurance Scheme. If the sending organisation uses this option, it has to make sure the outgoing volunteers are informed about the Insurance procedures and provided with a sufficient supply of accident/illness notification forms as well as the “Insurance Infosheet”.