The Service Volontaire International (SVI) is a Belgian-French-Vietnamese pluralist, apolitical, non-profit organisation with no religious affiliation which was founded by the volunteers and for the volunteers.
We aim to encourage the youth to be active in the society they live in through our local and international activities. We help them becoming citizens of the world who are active, critical and responsible as well as ethically and socially aware.
Being a volunteer does not only mean being involved in volunteering projects abroad, it also consists in contributing in a sustainable way to the development of society.
International volunteering is not an end in itself but it is definitely a lever for non-formal education which enables us to get to know ourselves as well as others. It is a way to learn citizenship that should enable the volunteers to keep being involved abroad or in their home countries after their projects end.
Volunteering is a driving force for the associative sector, one of the pillars of democracy which favors social diversity, life in a community as well as human development. One of our objectives is to make sure that our projects are accessible to as many young people as possible regardless of their financial resources, especially through European Voluntary Service (EVS).
We endeavor to defend a non-commercial vision of volunteer work based on an altruistic action, accessible to everybody and that fills the gap between the northern and southern countries organisations.
The SVI participates actively in international exchanges in many countries around the world. Our mission consists in preparing, sending abroad and welcoming foreign volunteers within the framework of international work camps organized by local non-profit organisations.
By sending abroad and welcoming international volunteers, we hope to lend our support to local organisations without replacing professionals who are already working in these projects. We aim to lend our support to existing charity projects and to encourage solidarity initiatives worldwide.
As we are a youth organisation, the vast majority of the volunteers we assist throughout the whole duration of their projects are between 16 and 30 years old but there is no age limit to go volunteering abroad.