1920 – 1939
The international voluntary service movement was born in 1920 at a meeting at a school in Bilthoven, Netherlands, appropriately enoughRead more.
1948: CCIVS is born
After the Second World War many non-governmental agencies all over Europe began to be active in reconstruction and in bringingRead more.
1948-59 Post War Reconstruction and Peace Building
“As a world coordination centre for the workcamp movement, CoCo came as a disappointment to some. They expected smooth professionals,Read more.
The First Secretaries
For the first couple of years, the CoCo was run by several not very long term volunteers. The head ofRead more.
1960-71: Cold War, Independance and the Growth of Long Term “Development” Volunteer
“Creative chaos, best describes the state of our office during the early 1960s when Arthur Gillette and I were runningRead more.
1972-80: New Contacts between East and West, North and South
“We did just that, arguing that volunteer service should not be… a complement, a cheap addition to “proper” technical assistance,Read more.
1981-91: Campaign for Disarmament and against Racism
“Today voluntary service is not just a desirable activity but it is an activity that is badly needed. It isRead more.
1992-2009: Expansion in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe
The famous writer, Albert Camus, who was a supporter of SCI, commented on the volunteers: “A writer who wants toRead more.
2009 – 2019
At the turn of the 21st century, IVS had to adapt again to the new trends provoked still by theRead more.