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
- Louise PAHISA CCIVS Assistant WHV Coordinator
After three years in Literary Preparatory Class in Paris, Louise graduated in Hispanic Philology and History in 2010, and then went to Barcelona for an Erasmus. When she came back to France, she enrolled in a Master of European Affairs, and after internships at the Catalan Parliament and the French Embassy in Malta, she volunteered at the head office of AEGEE / European Students' Forum in Brussels. Back in Paris, she started a Service Civique at CCIVS, as World Heritage Volunteers Coordinator, for six months.
Volunteering is a way of learning a wide range of new things one never thought one could be interested in in the first place, while sharing experiences with people from all kind of horizons, and trying to make a change for a better world, trying to make utopias reality.
- Inès BOURSOT CCIVS Assistant WHV 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
- Dino TOLJAN CCIVS Communications Assistant
Dino recently obtained a Master's Degree at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb (Croatia). However, he spent the final year of his studies at the University of Vienna (Austria). He was a member of international student organizations AEGEE and ELSA, promoting the European spirit among the youth. Afterwards, he received an internship position at the Office of the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Vienna. This experience confirmed his motivation to work in areas of international cooperation, sustainable development and human rights, all the topics of special interest to CCIVS. He believes volunteering activities perfectly incorporate the ideals of tolerance and social inclusion and are indispensable means in creating constructive relations between diverse societies.
- Nelson DE LAMARE CCIVS Assistant WHV Coordinator
Passionate about history, geography, societies around the world, and international relations, he studied history of international relations and political science at the university Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne for four years. He spent one semester in Madrid, thanks to the student exchange program Erasmus. Having participating to the World Heritage Volunteer program through a project organized by the Youth Association of Zambia in collaboration with CCIVS in the Victoria Falls, he considers volunteering as a great opportunity to bring people together and as a mutual enrichment for volunteers as well as local communities. His work as World Heritage Volunteer coordinator within CCIVS deals with a large scale of topics such as peace, tolerance or sustainable development, in which he develops a special interest.
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|