The Decolonise! Project brings together 10 International Voluntary Service Organisations who together have engaged in a 2,5 year long process to better understand the power dynamics and obstacles that are at stake when organising International Voluntary Service projects. Together they want to reflect on how colonial legacies and neo-colonial practices are influencing the way International Voluntary Service is perceived and organised today. 

While in Europe volunteering is recognised in many countries, outside Europe volunteer organisations often find it difficult to find recognition for the work they do. While many volunteers from the Global North go to the Global South to volunteer, there are very few opportunities for volunteers from the Global South to participate in volunteer programmes abroad and especially in the Global North. 

Building an IVS movement that is more inclusive, diverse and environmentally sustainable is the aim of this project. By challenging existing values, practices and structures the organisations want to come up with innovative proposals that take into account the local realities and a fairer distribution of resources while being conscious about the current climate crisis. 

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