SEEDS, SEE beyonD borderS, will send two representatives to the Annual Technical European Meeting -TEM- of Service Civil International (SCI), which will take place between February 21 and 25, in Palermo on the southern Italian island of Sicilia.
Lilja Rún Tumadóttir and Oscar-Mauricio Uscategui will represent SEEDS Iceland in the meeting, which is organised in the beginning of March every year; it deals with the technical aspects of the exchanges and participants come from SCI branches, groups and partner organisations.
SEEDS started working with SCI in the year 2007 and the first year of exchange witnessed a large amount of international volunteers attending SEEDS volunteer projects in Iceland being sent by SCI branches, groups and partners.
Last year SEEDS participated in the SCI North-South Incoming Programme and jointly with SCI-D (SCI Germany) co-hosted a Mexican volunteer, engaged in a possible future Mexican branch of SCI. This experience was a very positive one for SEEDS and we hope we will be able to continue supporting the exchange of volunteers between North and South in both directions.
The TEM will be a good opportunity to evaluate the exchange between SEEDS and SCI and also to plan the future of possible alternative actions as the North-South Incoming Programme.
Service Civil International (SCI) is a peace organisation that co-ordinates international voluntary projects for people of all ages, cultures, religious and economic backgrounds.
SCI's work is based in the belief that all people are capable of living together and co-operating with mutual respect and without recourse to violence to solve conflict.
Through international voluntary work SCI aims to give people the chance to experience this way of living whilst contributing in a useful manner to the community.
For more information on SCI, please visit http://www.sciint.org/
The meeting will be hosted by the Sicilian regional group of SCI Italia and organized together with the TEM Preparation Team and SCI International Secretariat.