Impact: Over the last decades, CCIVS has developed specific research to measure the impact of IVS projects in the volunteers, in the organisations and in the local communities. The impact research proves that IVS provides enhanced self-confidence and strengthened personal, interpersonal and social competences: volunteers learn that through active participation in IVS projects they are able to create change.
IVS: IVS stands for International Voluntary Service and is a movement initiated by the Swiss pacifist Pierre Ceresole in 1920, when the first international workcamp took place in Esnes, near Verdun, to reconstruct a village destroyed by the war. The IVS movement consists of different networks, each involving several organisations worldwide, which offer valuable opportunities for volunteering in grassroots project. It strives for a world where relations are characterised by equity, social justice, active involvement and a sense of community empowerment.