CH-SCI 4.1 SUIZA ONLINE Peace and disarmament (ONLINE) 08/05/2023 07/06/2023

Wikipedia for Peace: No More War (Online Camp: 7 sessions over 1 month)

Camp code:

CH-SCI 4.1



Start Date:

08 May 2023

End Date:

07 Jun 2023


4: Peace and disarmament


Wheelchair Accessible

Work Types:

Peace / Study, discussion, research

Number of volunteers:


International age:

16 - 99

National age:

16 - 99

Required Language:


Motivation letter:

This camp requires an additional motivation letter to explain in more detail why you would like to attend.


Description: Militarization is on the rise and creates the base for current and future wars. But there is resistance by anti-war activists and movements around the world. A lot of content about these activists is still lacking on Wikipedia, the biggest encyclopedia in the world. With this online camp, we want to make these movements more visible on Wikipedia by engaging volunteers in editing and translating Wikipedia articles. This workcamp is part of the "No War Anywhere!" campaign of diverse voluntary service organisations who have united together to address urgent and important questions such as antimilitarist utopias, nuclear disarmament, military-industrial complex, etc. More information: https://sci.ngo/our-work/projects/no-war-anywhere/

Type of Work: Doing research for Wikipedia articles online about antimilitarism and anti-war activists, writing new articles and improving existing ones. The project organizers will prepare a list of articles around people and topics that are related to the camp topic. We write about people, events and organisations that are important enough. This means that there need to be good sources of information about the content we write about. The camp takes place in 7 sessions, each ca. 2 hours from 6pm-8pm (Central European Time) where we gather in Zoom. Between the sessions, you can work individually or in small groups. You don’t have to have knowledge on Wikipedia already. The aim of the project is to edit Wikipedia and provide more pieces of information & facts about different situations across the world.

Study Theme: There will be a big emphasis on studying in this camp. We will learn how to write good Wikipedia articles. We will learn about the principles behind Wikimedia projects as well as free licences/open content philosophy in general. We will learn about antimilitarism, disarmament, nuclear warfare and discuss our own positions around this. We will get to know more about people that are fighting against war - through our own research, through exchange with other participants and through external inputs.

Accommodation: Your own bedroom (online camp)

Language: We will speak English in the group. You can write Wikipedia articles in any language you want. We encourage you to write in your native language.

Requirements: You need a laptop (smartphones or tablets won't work) and a good internet connection that works with video calls. It is crucial for us that you are motivated to participate throughout the whole project, that you are not missing more than 1 session, that you enjoy writing and that you are interested in peace and antimilitarism. Please do not forget to send us a motivation letter.

Notes: Please send us a motivation letter stating why you are interested in Wikipedia and in working on Wikipedia articles about antimilitarism as well as confirming your availability during the project.

Max. 3 minor volunteers can be accepted.

Overview of all the meetings (PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WORKCAMP CONSISTS OF 7 SESSIONS OVER 1 MONTH): 8 May – 18:00-20:00 CET / 9 May – 18:00-20:00 CET / 15 May – 18:00-20:00 CET / 22 May – 18:00-20:00 CET / 29 May – 18:00-20:00 CET / 5 June – 18:00-20:00 CET / 12 June – 18:00-20:00 CET

*Why the camp start on this date? 8 respectively 9 May is an important day of remembrance in Europe because of Germany's surrender in World War II.

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.