Who we are
SCI Madrid is a member of the Service Civil International. Service Civil International was founded in 1920 and its vision is to create a culture of peace and international solidarity based on social justice and sustainable development.
SCI’s mission is to promote a culture of peace by organising international volunteering projects with local and global impact. The philosophy of SCI is that working with people from other cultures or characteristics fosters curiosity and breaks down stereotypes.
What we want
Through intercultural volunteering, we aspire to promote mutual understanding, cultural exchange, and cooperation between people of different nationalities, beliefs, race, sex, or condition.
We want people to become aware of their important role in solving the problems of our society and to carry out volunteer work aimed at achieving a better society.
Every volunteer project, meeting, exchange or training must be in line with our values:
- Volunteering: in the sense of acting out of self-initiative, without seeking material reward and for the benefit of civil society, as a method and a statement for social change, whilst never competing with paid labour nor seeking to contribute to strike-breaking
- Non-Violence: as a principle and a method
- Human Rights: respect for individuals as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- Solidarity: international solidarity for a more just world and solidarity between human beings on all levels
Respect for the Environment: and the ecosystem of which we are a part and on which we are dependent
Inclusion: to be open and inclusive to all individuals who share the aims and objectives of the movement, without regard to gender, colour, religion, nationality, social status or political views and any other possible grounds for discrimination
- Empowerment: providing people with means (knowledge, tools) to understand and act in order to transform the social, cultural and economic structures that affect their lives at all levels.
- Cooperation: with local communities as well as other local, national and international actors to strengthen the positive potential within civil society as a whole.