CAUTION! Recently we have become aware that an association named Youth African Volunteer (YAV) has been impersonating the SVI to develop several of its projects. Besides, it fallaciously claims that we are partners.
Consequently, we highly recommend you to be careful when it comes to choosing a project: if you were to give them money for a project or training courses, it seems very doubtful that these will actually take place. At any rate, the SVI has no relation at all with Youth African Volunteer and cannot be held responsible for their actions.
“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 out volunteers 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 volunteering should be non-commercial and open to everyone, it should also involve citizens, and we also 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)
2023 Incoming volunteer projects in Belgiumelena
Dear partner, we are happy to share with you our new volunteer projects for the year 2023. You will find short duration projects (2 weeks) and long term projects (from 3 months to 1 year). All our projects are strictly non-commercial and supported by non-lucrative local structures. You can send the applications for your volunteers to [email protected] Please note, we do not [...]
Dissonant harmony between Hong Kong and Chinasvi_belgique
Torn between Beijing and Buckingham, Hong Kong is actually trying to assert its identity when faced with the growing threat of China.
Stand up, Hong Kong, Stand up for your rightssvi_belgique
Hong Kong youth rallies behind the fight against Xi Jinping’s China simply because their future is at stake. Today’s youth has not lived, or not long, in British colony Hong Kong. Their generation is that of transition, one that refuses to see neither their rights nor freedom restrained by an increasingly formidable and oppressive Chinese
GRETA THUNBERG: A YOUNG HEROINE AGAINST GLOBAL WARMINGsvi_belgique
credit : the new observer After the Swedish young woman gave a speech at the Assemblée Nationale in Paris last Tuesday, the SVI team wished to put Greta and her extraordinary destiny under the spotlights. RAISING AWARENESS Greta’s destiny is the story of a young woman born in Stockholm sixteen years ago. Greta has the angel face of a child and yet, [...]
The Return weekends of the SVIVictor Schelkens
Reserve the dates in your datebook ! The annual RETURN 2019 weekends of the Service Volontaire International are fixed ! They will take place on 19-20-21 April and 25-26-27 October 2019 in Brussels! You have left or you will leave on a voluntary basis with the SVI, you want to meet, meet again volunteers, exchange on the projects, and share [...]
Good to Know: Your VISA applications for BelgiumNicolas Curri
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 [...]
From Amazonia to Brusselssvi_belgique
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 [...]
A Mexican volunteer in Belgium (1)svi_belgique
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 [...]