Short Term Projects


IVS Canada in conjunction with SCI organizes short term voluntary projects, commonly known within the network as ‘workcamps’. These projects are organized in cooperation with other SCI branches and partner organizations, who in their turn cooperate with local communities. A short term voluntary project is a unique form of volunteering, bringing together people from different countries, cultures and backgrounds to live and work together with local communities for a period of two to three weeks.


Contributing to Peace


Short term voluntary projects aim to break down barriers between people and develop intercultural understanding. In that way they contribute to building a culture of peace among people. The projects place a strong emphasis on intercultural learning and include elements of peace education. There are many different projects to choose from and they are open to everyone.


Accessibility of Workcamps


IVS Canada along with SCI is a non profit organization and therefore able to keep participation fees low. This makes the workcamps accessible to people with fewer resources. In some countries SCI has special programmes for young people with fewer opportunities that facilitate their participation in short term projects. In Canada, IVS Canada has a similar programme for members of our First Nations and Aboriginal peoples.


Diversity of Workcamps


Every year thousands of short term voluntary projects are organized in different fields and with different types of voluntary work. There is always something that will interest you. For example, did it ever occur to you that you could go abroad to…


  • …organize an open air cinema with the Roma community in Kosovo?

  • …experience life in an eco-village in Finland?

  • …run activities for refugees in Kenya?

  • …work with children from asylum seekers in Belgium?

  • …wake up to the sound of crying wolves in the USA?

  • …support the daily work of a Palestinian youth center in Israel…?


Online Workcamp Database


All this and much more is what you can do as a volunteer on an SCI workcamp. If you got enthusiastic then please have a look in our on-line workcamp database and find the short term project of your choice! Applications are online! Online Workcamp Datatabase