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International Voluntary Service (IVS) projects are organised by Alliance members either on a national or regional basis but always in partnership with local communities. They engage the volunteer groups in a wide diversity of community development tasks including environmental, construction, renovation, social, cultural and archaeological work. Voluntary work is considered as a tool to improve active citizenship and democratic, political participation.
The Alliance provides individuals with a chance to exercise volunteering, whatever their nationality, gender, age, economic, social and physical conditions. The Alliance believes that volunteering is an opportunity and a right for everyone.
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Amongst Alliance members there are many examples of projects which have pioneered new working methods and produced dynamic results: the most traditional and widespread form of IVS is the short term voluntary Workcamp in its many forms, including special kinds of workcamps addressed to volunteers with a particular profile (seniors, teenagers etc.).
Other forms of IVS include Mid and Long Term Volunteering. Every year Alliance members, partners and guest organisations are invited to join two yearly campaigns managed by the Alliance Working Groups: the Accessing Campaign and the Environmental Sustainability Campaign.
To ensure the quality of all volunteering projects Alliance members are entitled to follow the Alliance Quality Charter which was first adopted by the General Assembly 2009 and amended in 2014.