The Secretariat is composed of the Director and other staff members who shall have an agreed fixed contract of employment. The Director is responsible for smooth functioning of the Secretariat and reports to the EC and the President on implementation of the decision of the GA and EC. The Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day administration of CCIVS, ensures liaison with the member organisations, direct the different services of the headquarters and assists member organisations in the fulfilment of any project or task which may be entrusted to them by the GA or the EC.
Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service
- Victoria LOVELOCK CCIVS Director
International voluntary service has been a snowball event for Vicky. In 2003 she took part in a European Voluntary Service project and never looked back. Since then she has volunteered and worked on the local, national and international level in the field of international voluntary service in Europe, the Middle East and South America. A fundamental change took place in her life when she discovered international voluntary service. It was a new world based on international friendship and understanding where grass-roots actions and non-formal education combine.
International voluntary service is where one can work side by side with people from all over the world and directly in local communities. These communities are at the forefront of the decision making process. International voluntary service is a world where participation in projects is open to all regardless of who you are and where you come from. International voluntary service provides the opportunity for people of all ages to come together to work on a common goal. Projects can include promoting peace and human rights, active participation and social inclusion, environmental work and sustainability, cultural heritage and diversity and poverty reduction and health promotion.
In doing this anyone can take their part of the history of international voluntary service, dating from the end of WW1, where men and women have worked together to fight for a more just and peaceful world. This is a world where you can find amazing people working together for change.
"Many small people, who in many small places doing many small things, can alter the face of the world."
- graffiti from the Berlin Wall
- Inès BOURSOT CCIVS Assistant Campaigns Coordinator
Inès recently graduated from a Master’s Degree in international Law from Laval University of Quebec (Canada) and has always been interested in understanding the social, economic and political issues in the world which enable countries and civil societies to live in a world of peace and sustainability. She is French and decided to study abroad in Quebec because of the respect Canadian society has for diversity and difference, success isn’t about fitting in the same mold as everybody else. That is why she strongly believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach and that the solution for helping communities in crisis is to understand their history, political background and ethics in order to build together a better future respectful of each culture. Because she strongly believes that volunteering is one of the key for building a better world together she indeed volunteered for several humanitarian work camps, associations and organisations in order for example to fight against and prevent HIV/AIDS contamination, to give school support to children from villages where education and schools are lacking, or to raise funds for to provide training to guide dogs.
- Zhuoling YOU CCIVS Project Assistant
Ling is a recent graduate in the master of Cultural Management from the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Having deep beliefs that the origin of current conflicts is the result of the lack of understanding between different civilizations, she is convinced that interactions between different cultures help develop harmony between people. However, such interactions across boarders and ethnics could not have been realized without the massive support of the philanthropic volunteers. She believes volunteering is the spirit of unconditional dedication and mutual progress, which represents a social progress itself.
“Laotze taught me the philosophy of Shakespeare. Freud and Marx have helped me to a better appreciation of Mencius”
- John C.H. Wu
- Mafalda BRANCO CCIVS Communications Assistant
Mafalda graduated from Lisbon School of design, having also frequented the faculty of fine arts of Lisbon and participated in the Erasmus program in Italy, Bologna. She did voluntary work at mother's center ( center to help young mothers) and at futuralia ( event to help students choose their academic path). Having had the experience of studying in a multicultural environment and having interest in voluntary work, she sees working for CCVIS as an opportunity to continue this multicultural path of learning and be part and learn more about the projects that CCVIS stands for. She defends that multicultural interaction is important in the path of learning , making people more understanding of other cultures and opening horizons, so organizations that defend for free of movement like CCVIS are vital.
- Andrea CALLEGARO CCIVS Assistant WHV Coordinator
After earning a Master in Philosophical Science from the University of Padova, with a graduation thesis in Political Philosophy, Andrea spent one year in Madrid, thanks to the European Voluntary Service. Having worked in one of the most difficult districts of the city, with youngsters from a broad range of traditions and habits, he learned the importance of cooperation and dialogue in real life situations. He strongly believes that most of the challenges our generation is facing require a strong will to be politically and social active, and volunteering is a concrete way to build a better world all together.
- Cristina CARDARELLICCIVS Assistant Campaign Coordinator
I have a strong background in International Relations, with a focus on human rights. I have a MSc in International Relations theory from LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science) and a MA in Human rights and Democracy in the MENA region from EIUC (European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights). In the past years, I have collaborated and volunteered with different NGOs in South Asia and worked as trainee at the European Parliament, DG EPRS. My last research on human rights was developed in collaboration with Birzeit University, in Palestine. Confronting different realities helped me to have a broader understanding of today society and pushed me to be more and more active in the field of human rights. It is exactly in this light that I happily joined CCIVS.
Directors/Executive Secretaries since 1948
|Hans Peter Mueller||1952-1960|
|Charles Johnson (Interim)||1960-1961|
(this was a duumvirate)
|August 1961-August 1963
June 1961- Sept 1963
|Jean-Michel Bazinet||1962- February 1967|
|Michael Lakin||February 1967- mid 1969|
|François Pouliot||mid 1969 – mid 1971|
|Anna Pindorova||Acting director 1971|
|Mark Schomer||February 1972-October 1975|
|Karin Erlenbach||July 1976-February 1978|
|Brigitte Battonier||February 1978-January 1979|
|Francis Atta Donkor||January 1979-December 1981|
|John Read||February 1982 – March 1983|
|Sabine Decker-Horz||July 1983 - October 1985|
|Cristian Barbé||November 1985-Nov1988|
|Alexei Krouglov||November 1988-January 1992|
|Nigel Watt||January 1992-June 1998|
|Patrick Duong||June 1998-December 1999|
|Simona Costanzo-Sow||April 2000 – December 2008|
|Roel Forceville||Interim director Aug 2002 – Jan 2003|
|Helmut Warmenhoven||Interim director March 2004 – Nov 2004|
|Francesco Volpini||January 2009 - January 2013|
|Bogdan Imre||Interim director January 2013 - August 2013|
|Victoria Lovelock||June 2013-|