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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

  • Sara GALY CCIVS Communications and Project Support Assistant
    Sara has been volunteering at CCIVS since January 2018. She is curious about the world we live in, from people’s everyday experiences to the greatest questions and challenges facing us today. Her passion in IVS has led her to apply for an internship for 8 months at CCIVS in Paris. Working for an IVS would bring her closer to her goal, which is to eventually become a journalist. According to her, as we live in a world burdened by contentious issues, ranging from conflict and wars in the Middle East and ending up with civilians fleeing their homeland to seek a better life in Europe or elsewhere, the role of NGOs has become increasingly important. She wants to become involved with international projects to help IVS promote peace, human rights, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, cultural heritage and health promotion. She believes that young people can make a difference to the world we live in – hence, she wants to encourage young people to join the IVS movement. As a result, her philosophy is that ‘A person, who will not stand up for oneself will not be able to stand up to anything else in the life’.
  • Leyla Michela TARAHOMI CCIVS Communications and Project Support Assistant
    Leyla, CCIVS' newest member, decided to participate in the Service Civique programme after having completed a Bachelor's degree in International Relations; in doing so, she hopes to apply what she has learnt in university. While trying to pursue this goal,she started volunteering abroad last year, discovering parts of Kosovo while participating in a short-term EVS project in Brezovica village, thanks to SCI Italia, VUK Croatia and GAIA Kosovo. From September to December she lived and volunteered for three months in Germany with the European Solidarity Corps’IVY Initiative. She would like to gain as much experience as she can regarding NGOs’ and the cooperation field through volunteering, hoping to be ready and experienced for working in this area in the future.


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-


CCIVS\' Member\'s Directory 2018 Non-Formal Learning Handbook for Volunteers and Volunteering Organisations ICYE Impact Assessment - Human Rights in Diversity
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