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30 Years SoFiA e.V. - An online series

Peace services: This is how exchange takes place

Since three decades, SoFiA e.V. has been bringing people together around the world to promote exchange, reconciliation and peace. Every year, volunteers leave their familiar surroundings, spend time with other people and experience how different life can be. They do a social peace service abroad: in Bolivia, Germany, Romania, Uganda and many other places around the world.But SoFiA are not only the volunteers. It is  the work of many people who are committed to the cause. In its anniversary year, SoFiA is dedicating an online series to this diversity.

How do volunteers cope, when life interrupts their plans? What connects SoFiA with the Bolivian Hermandad and the Rumanian Jui Valley? How do international SoFiA partners view the issue of climate justice? What political developments are SoFiA concerned with? How does peace service abroad work under Corona conditions?

 

This online series is different

In addition to input from speakers and discussion, getting to know each other plays an important role in this online series. Also across language and continental borders.
Because this is how exchange takes place!

Always on the 30th of the month,18.30 -20.30 CET on Zoom

Registration: You can register for the Online Series at this website of Zoom

Past episodes

  • Sunday, May 30th What do you do when life interrupts your plans? Reverse volunteers in Germany share their experiences

    We all know it, big and small: plans we made ourselves are thrown out of order. This also happens time and again during voluntary service abroad, when the work plans or the small travel plan do not come to fruition. Something thwarts the plans. Things turn out differently. Often at least as well.

    Since 1998, foreign volunteers have been doing voluntary service in the Diocese of Trier through SoFiA. SoFiA has been breaking the one-way street of international volunteer services for 23 years. In 2020, the Corona pandemic also changed the situation for young people who had gone to Germany for a social peace service. Most were able to complete their voluntary service in Germany, some extended their service.

    In this episode, volunteers from different cohorts talk about their small and big crossroads during their voluntary service in Germany. And what became of it instead.

    What do you do when life interrupts your plans? Reverse volunteers in Germany share their experiences.
    Sunday, May 30th, 18.30 -20.30 CET

    More about the reverse voluntary services with SoFiA

  • Wednesday, June 30th What do you do when life interrupts your plans? Volunteers from Germany share their experiences

    We all know it, big and small: plans we made ourselves are thrown out of order. This also happens time and again during voluntary service abroad, when the work plans or the small travel plan do not come to fruition. Something thwarts the plans. Things turn out differently. Often at least as well.

    The Corona pandemic in 2020 also changed the situation for young people who had gone abroad for social peace service. They saw their grand plan thwarted: they had to break off their service, return to Germany and make new plans.

    In this episode, volunteers tell of their small and big plan crossings and what became of them instead.

    What do you do when life interrupts your plans? Volunteers from Germany share their experiences

    Wednesday, June 30th, 18:30 - 20:30 CET

    More about the international voluntary services of SoFiA

  • Friday, July 30th Scouts, youth work, boarding schools: Insights into the Bolivian Hermandad

    The Diocese of Trier and the Church of Bolivia have been closely linked for over 60 years. Hermandad is the Spanish name for this partnership.  Bolivian volunteers in Germany and volunteers from Germany sent to Bolivia are an important part of this hermandad.

    In this episode, you will get to know the church work in Bolivia better and thus also many areas of volunteer work. What do the scouts do? What does youth work look like? What is everyday life like in boarding schools?


    Scouts, youth work, boarding schools: Insights into the Bolivian Hermandad.
    Friday, July 30th, 18:30 - 20:30 CET

     

  • Monday, Aug 30th The programs “weltwärts”, IJFD and BFD: SoFiA meets politics

    SoFiA implements the international voluntary services on a legal basis: the weltwärts programme of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development as well as the International Youth Volunteer Service (IJFD) and the Federal Volunteer Service (BFD) of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs. Shortly before the federal elections, we look at the political framework in which the voluntary services operate. What do these programmes mean for SoFiA? What are the points of criticism?
    How is SoFiA represented politically?


    The programs “weltwärts”, IJFD and BFD: SoFiA meets politics

    Monday, Aug 30th, 18:30 - 20:30 CET

  • Thursday, Sept 30th Climate justice: The global challenge unites us

    Justice has become a key concept in the sustainability debate: It is about intergenerational justice, which means leaving future generations the best possible opportunities to survive and shape their own lives; it is about justice of needs, which means ensuring the survival of all people. It is still about poverty reduction, which must always include the promotion of justice of opportunity, gender and procedure.
    If we want a world worth living in, we must work hand in hand in partnership, men and women, North and South. For us Christians, the integrity of creation must become a primary concern that we cannot and must not avoid.

    Questions of climate justice are discussed in this episode with various international partners.

    In cooperation with Diocesan agency Universal Church

    Climate justice: The global challenge unites us

    Thursday, Sept 30th, 18:30 - 20:30 CET

  • Saturday, Oct 30th Social justice and commitment in Jiu Valley

    For decades, SoFiA has been closely linked to partners and their projects in western Romania. In this episode, Alexandru Kelemen reports from the Jiu Valley in south-western Transylvania. The valley was an important centre for coal mining in the country, but today many mines stand still. Questions of social justice and engagement remain.

    Social justice and commitment in Jiu Valley

    Saturday, Oct 30th, 18:30 - 20:30 CET

The digital kick-off of the anniversary event was the general meeting on 13 March. Around 50 former and current volunteers, partner groups, host families and volunteer association members were present.
See the report (in German) of press office of the Diocese of Trier