The Voluntary Service Manifesto

International Voluntary Service: Youth on the Move

International Voluntary Service movement encourages and supports, wherever possible, local programmes that answer the needs of the community and foster the active participation of citizens, especially young people, allowing them to encounter and understand different cultures and people. Workcamps are tools of non-formal education and open space for informal learning.

A “workcamp” is an international voluntary service project, promoting international understanding, peace and human rights, as a valuable force in the common search for human betterment. International voluntary workcamps are the most common and widespread form of international volunteering, every year 20.000 volunteers join workcamps in Europe and beyond. 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 and events.

International Voluntary Service promotes intercultural understanding, peace, democratic participation and equality, in the spirit of respect for universal human rights.