History

1920 – 1939
The international voluntary service movement was born in 1920 at a meeting at a school in Bilthoven, Netherlands, appropriately enough
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1948: CCIVS is born
After the Second World War many non-governmental agencies all over Europe began to be active in reconstruction and in bringing
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1948-59 Post War Reconstruction and Peace Building
“As a world coordination centre for the workcamp movement, CoCo came as a disappointment to some. They expected smooth professionals,
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The First Secretaries
For the first couple of years, the CoCo was run by several not very long term volunteers. The head of
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1960-71: Cold War, Independance and the Growth of Long Term “Development” Volunteer
“Creative chaos, best describes the state of our office during the early 1960s when Arthur Gillette and I were running
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1972-80: New Contacts between East and West, North and South
“We did just that, arguing that volunteer service should not be… a complement, a cheap addition to “proper” technical assistance,
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1981-91: Campaign for Disarmament and against Racism
“Today voluntary service is not just a desirable activity but it is an activity that is badly needed. It is
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1992-2009: Expansion in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe
The famous writer, Albert Camus, who was a supporter of SCI, commented on the volunteers: “A writer who wants to
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2009 – 2019
At the turn of the 21st century, IVS had to adapt again to the new trends provoked still by the
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100 years of Service Civil International
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