NMW Camps 2015

Since the beginning of the No More War team (2010) we stimulated branches and partners to organize No More War camps.
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This are camps with a special emphasis on peace, anti-militarism, and non-violence, core values of SCI from the beginning of its founding in 1920.
We consider those camps as a clear statement of pacifism in times where there are still many wars going on in the world. And, hereby, initiate a move forward or move back to the roots of  SCI, which is the initial and general aim of the No More War group.
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A work-camp can be considered a No More War (NMW) camp if it provides with all the following:

  1. An intensive studypart about peace-related issues
  2. The workpart of the camp is preferably related to  nonviolence, anti-militarism, post-conflict restoration, minority empowerment, or human rights.
  3. Public action (for example a public raising-awareness event, a flash-mob, etc.) and/or media coverage
  4. At least one capable and motivated camp coördinator
  5. A final report, compiled by the camp coordinator and made available to the NMW team
  6. Space for the involvement of volunteers/activists/experts from conflict regions and/or with experience in conflict regions (the involvement of the latter is warmly encouraged whenever possible, but it is not mandatory)

Formulated by NMW-team, January 2015

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Food Not Bombs, Finland, 6/7/2015 – 17/7/2015 (FI-KVT 4.1)nmw-1-finland

Food Not Bombs is an international campaign that works in hundreds of cities around the world, trying to inspire to participate in changing society by helping concretely and to focus the resources on solving problems like hunger, homelessness and poverty while seeking an end to war and the destruction of the environment. It works by giving out vegetarian meals in public places to anyone in need.

Study part will consist on: Discussions on the history and ideology of the Food Not Bombs campaign, nonviolence, vegetarianism and social problems in Finland.
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To remember! (Chelmno, near Łódź), Poland, 1/8/2015 – 14/8/2015 (PL-SCI 1.1)

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The German Kulmhof Death Camp in Chełmno on Ner was the first instant mass extermination centre for Jewish in Warthegau, active between December 1941 and 1945. The mission of the Museum in Chełmno is to cultivate the memory of this place. It operates for historical education about the extermination of the Jews and the Roma during the Second World War, preserving the relics and documenting the history of the death camp.
Study part will consist on: Fascism and the death camp in Chełmmo, possible visit in Lodz (old getto and Jewish cemetery).

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Paths of Peace, Austria, 1/8/2015 – 15/8/2015 (AT-SCI 4.3)
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The mountain Kleiner Pal (Plöckenpass) was a war zone in World War I between Italy and Austria-Hungary (1915-1917). The friends of the Dolomites, founded in 1973 is a group of mountaineers who joined forces to restore and re-ope old wartime paths which led up the mountains. Their motto was: “Paths which once separated us, shall unite us today”.
Study part will consist on: Natural surroundings with historical locations. Free time to visit another Museum 1915-1918 “From the Ortler Mountains to the Adriatic Sea”.
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Peace Center, Sri Lanka, 18/8/2015 – 28/8/2015 (LK-SCI 7.8)
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Mutur Peace center (2009) was stablished to cater the children of the area of Trincomalee district, affected by the war and tsunami while flooding time to time. Mutur is dominated by Muslim communities living together with some Tamil and Sinhala people. The main objective of the project is to promote peace, international understanding, intercultural and interethnic understanding. Volunteers would be Ambassadors of Peace.
Study part will consist in:
 The selected themes are “No More War”. And also volunteers are most welcome to conduct study sessions on themes of special interest and relevant to social change, nonviolence, environment, etc.
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Faces of the concentration camp (Wöbbelin), Germany, 22/8/2015 – 6/9/2015 (DE-SCI 1.35)
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The memorial in Wöbbelin commemorates the former subcamp of “Neuengamme concentration camp”. It was established at the end of World War II and even if only existed for ten week, more than 1,000 out of the 5,000 concentration camp prisoners died. In 2015, the 25th international Workcamp takes place, with the support of several local organisations.
Study part will consist in: Wöbbelin, the subcamp of “Neuengamme concentration camp”; study of the biographies of survivors; Nazi history in the region; violence and right-wing radicalism today; getting to know the Jewish community and the regional parliament; a discussion about new forms of memory. By being confronted with the history of National Socialism and topics such as persecution, discrimination and exclusion of dissenters, the participants will be encouraged to think about democratic values and about their own social engagement. These values include tolerance, equality, human rights and social responsibility.
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Theatre and music with kids (Luzern LU), Switzerland, 27/9/2015 – 11/10/2015 (CH-SCI 7.6)
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SCI organizes a theatre week for kids from refugee centers around Lucerne together with children living in Lucerne. The aim of this integrative project is to give the possibility to kids from refugee centers to have a rich exchange of experiences with local kids and to improve their German language skills in a creative context. This will be accomplished with a mix of theatre playing, music and games. At the end of the week (Saturday afternoon), there will be a presentation of the work.
Study part will consist in: introductions and discussions on relevant issues such as migration and asylum in Switzerland and on peace work.

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No More War camp coordinators are encouraged to use the No More War toolkit (2012).Enjoy your No More War camp… and tell us about it!

Flood relief workcamp in Krupanj – volunteers needed! 13.07.2014 – 26.07.2014

In a devastating natural disaster that occurred in The Balkans in May this year, among other areas municipality Krupanj was extremely damaged and announced state of emergency on 14th of May. Due to heavy rain showers all rivers in this municipality flooded the area and water took everything in front of it. The result was big number of landslides and mudslides, while the 50% off central part of Krupanj municipality was under the water. Housing units, bridges and roads are all damaged. Two people lost their lives while many had to be evacuated.

This workcamp is organized by Volunteers’ Center of Vojvodina and Youth office Krupanj

Work: The type of work that volunteers need to do is physical, mostly concentrated on repairing the damage that was caused by floods. Help is needed in the areas of garbage removal, disinfection, moving the furniture, cleaning, arranging spaces and houses destroyed and damaged by floods, etc.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a local high school facility where access to showers, toilets and kitchen is provided. Mats are provided for sleeping, but volunteers will have to bring their own sleeping bags. Food is provided too, while volunteers will have to prepare their own meals.

Language: English

Qualification: According to nature of work, volunteers need to be physically prepared. If some volunteers have special qualifications and skills that are useful in this kind of situation, they should state it in the application. Working tools will be provided, but if volunteers have some of their own they can bring it. Having your own boots & work gloves would be great, but not obligated!

Location: Krupanj is located in west Serbia, on the right bank of Drina river. The city is a valley settlement and lays in the pit surrounded by Boranje, Jagodnje & Sokolske mountains. Rivers Bogostica, Cadjavica & Krzava flow through the city, merging in the centre and forming another river Likodra. Krupanj is also located 28 km from Loznica, 64 km from Sabac. 64 km from Valjevo and 135 km from Novi Sad.

You can apply here: http://workcamps.info/icamps/camp-details/camp-7779.html