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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 erradication and health promotion. In doing this anyone can take their part in the history of international voluntary service, dating from the end of WW1, where people 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."
    - Eduardo Galeano
  • Zhuoling YOU CCIVS Programme Coordinator
    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 borders 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

  • Nicolas JACOBS-GORAYA CCIVS Communications and Project Support Assistant
    Nicolas has always been fascinated by the NGO world and as a result, decided to work at CCIVS for a duration of 8 months. Originally from Paris but having lived in the USA, Nicolas thought it would be best to return to France to pursue this exciting work experience. In doing so, he hopes to gain more knowledge and develop a new skillset pertaining to CCIVS’ various projects. As the youngest member of CCIVS, Nicolas hopes to further develop his interest in sustainable development before continuing his studies in the coming months. Nicolas hopes to continue to be active within both the NGO network and International Voluntary Service movement as well.
  • Siyuan LI CCIVS Intern
    As a postgraduate student majoring in Public Policy at University of Bristol, Siyuan applied for an internship opportunity at CCIVS. She is strongly interested in pursuing a career in the NGO area, and she believes that the experience offered with this opportunity will help to guide her down this path. Her passion lies within learning something new and making a difference for the world, which has motivated her to deal with challenges in a positive way. She will work here for 11 months.


Directors/Executive Secretaries since 1948

Willy Begert 1951-1952
Hans Peter Mueller 1952-1960
Charles Johnson (Interim) 1960-1961
Arthur Gillette
Glyn Roberts
(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-


Non-Formal Learning Handbook for Volunteers and Volunteering Organisations ICYE Impact Assessment - Human Rights in Diversity Contact 2 Participation : Evaluation Meeting 25 - 31 May 2015, Amman – Jordan
1, rue Miollis
75015 Paris France
Tel: (33 1) 45 68 49 36
CCIVS maintains:
official relations with UNESCO,
special consultative status with ECOSOC,
liasion status with FAO.

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