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CH-SCI 10.21 SUIZA Mergocia TI) Festival / Cultural heritage 24/10/2021 31/10/2021

Building Walls - Breaking Walls Ticino (Mergocia TI)

Camp code:

CH-SCI 10.21



Start Date:

24 Oct 2021

End Date:

31 Oct 2021


10: Environment protection

Work Types:

Construction / Cultural heritage / Peace

Number of volunteers:


International age:

18 - 25

National age:

18 - 25

Required Language:


Spoken Language:



Description: Young adults (18 - 25) from Switzerland, Ireland and Northern Ireland, Israel and Palestine come together in the Italian part of Switzerland. You will explore the life and culture of the other participants, discuss conflicts and challenges around borders and walls in the different countries, cook together and experience the Swiss cultural heritage by building a dry stone wall in the mountains.

Type of Work: Around 7 days of the activity will be reserved for learning to work with stones and building the wall by hand.

Study Theme: Together with our friends from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Israel and Palestine we will exchange, discuss and present the intercultural challenges and both visible and invisible borders between the cultures in different countries.

Every day there will be one workshop where we will have an intercultural session in order to get to know each other’s culture better.

Accommodation: The accommodation is called “Campo Cortoi”, a beatiful and authentic collection of ancient stonehouses up in the Ticino Alps. People will have to bring warm sleeping bags and clothes for the night. Matresses and pillows will be provided. Toilets and showers with hot water are available. No washing machine and no electricity in the sleeping rooms is provided, also no internet is available in the mountains. At the end of the week, we will invite the group to spend the weekend in the city of Locarno. There, electricity and internet is provided.

Language: Local language is Italian.

Requirements: Participants must be able to do physical work and to walk in the mountains (around 1 hour walk uphill per day). People will need proper warm outdoor and nature gear and clothes for working in the nature with hands, proper boots.

Notes: Due to the remoteness of the place, mobile reception is restricted and there will be no internet on spot. Emergency internet can be organised. There is a responsible person in the kitchen, but he will be supported every day by three participants (from different countries). Each day, a new team will be responsible for the cooking and the cleaning.
SCI Switzerland believes in revitalisation of the mountain areas and intercultural exchange opportunities.

Organization Description: SCI Switzerland is a non-profit organisation which promotes intercultural exchange, sustainable development and non-violent conflict resolution. It has been organizing workcamps and long-term exchanges for volunteers worldwide since 1920. Each year more than 100 volunteers from Switzerland engage in SCI projects abroad, while around 200 international volunteers participate in projects in Switzerland. SCI Switzerland is certified by the Intermundo quality label, which guarantees high quality standards in youth exchange. Swiss workcamps are mainly focused on the work with youth as well as in the area of environmental protection. That is why among SCI Switzerland`s values is also an environmentally friendly lifestyle in accordance with the ideas of sustainable development. Volunteers are encouraged to be eco-friendly, especially when travelling to Switzerland and during the projects. Before applying be aware of high travel costs within Switzerland and check prices on the railway website www.sbb.ch. A participation in the camp from the first until the last day is needed for reason of instruction and group dynamic.