“Service Volontaire International” (SVI) is a Franco-Belgo-Vietnamese and Canadian non-profit, non-religious, non-political association created by and for volunteers. SVI is officially recognised as a youth organisation by the Belgian Ministry of Youth and accredited by the European Commission to send and coordinate Erasmus+ and European Voluntary Service (EVS) programs. SVI takes part in international exchange programs in more than 80 countries, including Belgium and France. Our main focus is to prepare, send out, and welcome volunteers who wish to take part in international projects/workcamps organised by other local, non-profit associations. SVI also defends certain views: in our opinion, international voluntarism should be non-commercial, open to all, it should also involve citizens, and condemn the ill-effects of voluntourism. Each year, SVI allows more than 900 young volunteers to experience voluntary and solidarity work abroad, all the while welcoming – entirely free of charge – more than a hundred foreign volunteers in both France and Belgium (and soon in Quebec)

Good to Know: Your VISA applications for Belgium

The three important documents to provide when applying for a visa to Belgium Here are some tips to make sure you are prepared. Aim of the visit to BelgiumYou will be asked to justify the reason for your stay in Belgium. That is why we provide our incoming volunteers with an invitation letter explaining the project and the conditions in which the [...]

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From Amazonia to Brussels

A few days ago, we have shared with you José Luis’s first impressions. He is a young Mexican EVS volunteer who just arrived in Brussels to work on a project at “L’Arche”. Today’s article is about Ivonne who is working with José Luis on the same project and who comes from the heart of the Amazonian forest, in Ecuador My [...]

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A Mexican volunteer in Belgium (1)

José Luis is a Mexican EVS volunteer who arrived a few time ago in Brussels to work with our partner association, L’Arche. For 5 months, he is going to help support adults with disabilities and discover cultural differences between Mexico and Belgium which can sometimes be surprising. In this first part, he tells us about his arrival and experience [...]

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