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International voluntary workcamps are the most common and widespread form of international volunteering within the Alliance.
Workcamps generally last 2 – 3 weeks and consist of about 10 – 20 volunteers drawn from a number of countries. Projects are often in remote areas, in regions where local people may have minimal opportunity for meeting others from different countries.
The volunteer groups bring new ideas and experiences into communities, providing a stimulus for ongoing work.
The individual volunteers benefit from the interaction both within the group and with the local communities. The experience gives them the opportunity to travel to another country, use their time productively and make a positive contribution to the local community. They also have the chance to widen their horizons through meeting and learning from each other and local people.
The Alliance is a network of national organisations involved in IVS, and does not directly support volunteers to take part in workcamps: the mission of the Alliance is to help the members to improve the work they do at national and international level, in coordination with the sister IVS networks and other youth bodies European and world wide.
If you are interested in participating to a workcamp, these are the steps you should follow:
Members and partners of the Alliance are not present in every country and it might be possible that you do not find a sending organisation in the country where you live. In this case, here is what you can do:
Before contacting your local organisation, you can watch an explanatory video, created with the support of the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe, about this particular form of volunteering and Alliance principles in IVS.