workcamp, long term volunteering or a local project with refugees and asylum seekers
About this toolkit
The Building Bridges Toolkit is a web platform, designed to share the know-how on voluntary projects involving asylum seekers and refugees as well as raising awareness on forced migration in general. We want to inspire you with our case studies of successful projects on the topic. We also want to support you in starting similar initiatives by providing you with a list of practical guidelines on how to organize such projects and specific methods you can use inside them.
The creation of this online toolkit has been driven by the ever bigger need of the international SCI network to exchange best practices on projects with refugees and asylum seekers. The project is coordinated by SCI Switzerland with the support of Utilapu Hungary. Its existence wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Mercator Foundation Switzerland and the active contribution of Building Bridges working group and a number of SCI branches.
The Building Bridges Toolkit is an ongoing project. We welcome you to send us your best practices in the field and inspire others to continue the work towards peace and intercultural understanding. If you have material you want to see published in the BB Toolkit, questions or ideas for cooperation, don’t hesitate to contact the Building Bridges Toolkit administrators at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can use the same email to contact SCI’s Building Bridges group.
About Building Bridges
“Building Bridges” is an informal working group within SCI International’s network. It was established in 2015 during the creation of Building Bridges Toolkit by a group of SCI activists, leading successful projects in the field of forced migration. The aim of the working group is to coordinate on international level SCI’s efforts to raise awareness on the topic and promote peace, understanding and integration between locals and asylum seekers/refugees. Its team was essential in creating the Building Bridges Toolkit and continues to support its development and dissemination.
Since 2016 the group has also supported the coordination of the SCI’s Building Bridges Campaign – a grass-root campaign among SCI members, aiming to raise awareness and stimulate reflection about the current refugee crisis and forced migration in general. The campaign involves workcamps on the topic, seminars, microgrants and more. You can read further about it and its activities here.
Service Civil International (SCI) is a volunteer organisation dedicated to promoting a culture of peace by organising international voluntary projects for people of all ages and backgrounds. The organisation consists of 45 branches and an ever growing number of partner organisations.
SCI is open to all. It was one of the first organisations to divest itself of all political or religious affiliations in its work of promoting peace and intercultural understanding through practical action. Throughout the years SCI has made a major contribution to the development of the main forms of volunteering. Year after year, the organisation enables thousands of volunteers to participate in community projects, offering many short-term projects (workcamps) as well as mid and long-term volunteering opportunities.
Living and working together with people of different backgrounds helps volunteers to break down barriers and prejudices. It allows them to experience a world of mutual respect and understanding. In this sense, volunteering can be seen as a way of life- a demonstration of the possible reality of a peaceful and cooperative world.