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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
  • Mauro CARTA CCIVS Project Manager
    Mauro joined the IVS movement after his first workcamp in Norway in 1999, an eye-opening experience that strengthened his belief in the power of non-formal education and international volunteering as powerful tools for social change. Born in Italy, he obtained a university degree in Education Science and started working in the social sector at home and abroad, mainly in the area of physical and mental disability. Later on he had the chance to work for NGOs in different European cities first as a volunteer and then as a staff and board member. After a 1-year break during which he concluded a master in European Studies in Vienna, he worked as a project manager and intercultural trainer, eventually setting himself up as a freelancer, a rewarding experience that allowed him to coordinate projects in different corners of the world. Through his volunteering experience he learned that solidarity, mutual respect and international friendship are precious values that should be preserved and promoted if we want to build together a sustainable future for all.

    “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent;
    - Isaac Asimov

  • 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

  • Amy OH CCIVS Volunteer on Campaigns
    I just graduated from a bachelor’s degree in Political science and diplomacy and international studies from Niagara University (USA). Since I graduated from university, I got a chance to take part in a workcamp that I had always wanted to do. I can proudly say that the three weeks in the workcamp was a turning point in my life as it gave me courage to do what I love and I found a value of International voluntary service. It was such an amazing experience to meet people who have a common goal for a voluntary work from all over the world. IVS is a great opportunity to learn how an individual participation turns into social value for the community and for themselves. It is also where you can make an international friendship and understand cultural diversity. I would love to continue my adventure for IVS and hope that I could be one of people who are committed to make change for the community and for the world through IVS.

    “Helping a person will not necessarily change the world but it will change the world for that person”
    - Unknown

  • Gabriel VAUDOUR CCIVS Volunteer on Communication
    Gabriel is a freshly arrived member in the Secretariat team, thanks to the Service Civique program, wanting more or less to do the useful version of a gap year. Though that is his first experience in volunteering, Gabriel is enthusiastic at the idea of helping some associations working in – for instance – sustainable development or heritage preservation, as much as the idea of working in an international and multicultural context.

  • Anja TRESSE CCIVS Volunteer on Project and Communication Support
    Anja started an internship at the CCIVS in January. She is from Gothenburg, Sweden and currently studying a Global Studies bachelor programme with a major in International Relations at Gothenburg University. Having recently spent an exchange semester in Istanbul, she is now on her final year of bachelor studies. She is passionate about human rights, sustainability, peace and equality and interested in the work of NGO’s and other organisations regarding these issues. Therefore, she is excited to learn about the role and impact of the IVS movement and its members.


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-


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CCIVS maintains:
official relations with UNESCO,
special consultative status with ECOSOC,
liasion status with FAO.

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