URI MENA participation in Service Civil International’s (SCI) South Incoming Program in Brussels, October 2018

Service Civil International (SCI) is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting a culture of peace by organizing international voluntary projects for people of all ages and backgrounds. It consists of 42 branches and an ever-growing number of partner organizations. As part of SCI strategy to build partnerships with organizations involved in international volunteering field, they invited URI MENA to attend the South Incoming Program held in Brussels from 6-11 October 2018. The program is dedicated to exchange ideas and best practices with organizations that sending and receiving international volunteers in Southern countries. I represented Desert Bloom and URI MENA this event.

SCI staff along with leaders of 7 organizations from SCI’s partners and contacts coming from the south countries; Cambodia, El Salvador, Bolivia, Mexico, Jordan, Palestine and Zimbabwe, spent a week networking and exchanging ideas and best practices in the field of international volunteer camps and partnership building. Also, we had chances to visit some successful NGOs and the Museum of Capitalism in Belgium.
I had the chance to introduce URI MENA and Desert Bloom to a group of Belgium potential volunteers who wish to volunteer in the Middle East. Many participants were impressed by the work of URI and its the positive impact on people, grassroots communities and environment across the globe