Welcome to Concordia France's website !
Our national non-governmental and non-profit organisation has been promoting peace and intercultural exchanges through international voluntary service projects since 1950.
Working with a large number of partners around the world (click here to see our partners' map), our work consists in :
- organizing voluntary projects in France so that volunteers from every corner of the globe can come and lend a hand to our local communities (if you are looking to volunteer on one of our projects in France, click here and contact our partner sending organization nearest to you !),
- giving French volunteers the opportunity to volunteer on our partners' projects : by enroling them on and preparing them for the projects,
- preparing and leading training sessions and seminars on many thematics (cultural diversity, environmental issues, human rights, etc...) based on informal and non-formal education methods.
The voluntary projects we offer in France are short term (International Workcamps) and mid/long term (EVS, Service Civique) - and no two projects are the same ! Helping out on one of our projects can mean protecting the environment, restoring a classified monument, promoting cultural or traditional heritage, plan activities for a youth community centre, supporting a local charity, etc...
The main objectives of Concordia are the following:
Education - helping young people to grow up by acquisition of collective life.
Culture - favouring the youth exchanges on an international level, always emphasizing the values of peace, friendship and mutual respect.
Social - taking part in concrete actions of solidarity, as well as supporting a civic attitude
Social economy - contributing to realisation of local development, in favour of the environment, patrimony, tourism and socio-educational animation.
We now have a total of 33 fully employed staff members and over 50 long term volunteers working for us all over France - in our head office based in Paris, and our 10 regional offices - click here to see where you can find us !
Our partners around the world
As well as our hundreds of partners around the world, that you can see via our map of partners, here, we are a part of 2 umbrella organizations : the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations which is a network of 49 national organisations in 28 countries and the Coordinating Comittee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) which is an organisation founded under the aegis of UNESCO in 1948 and coordinates about 300 organisations worldwide.
And because a picture is worth a 1000 words...
Here is a selection of photos from last year's projects !
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