Peace Child International (PCI)

Cambridge, UK
Peace Child

PCI gets its name from a tradition in Papua New Guinea, when warring tribes of head-hunters made peace, they each exchanged a child. The children would grow up with the others’ tribe and if in the future, conflict threatened between the tribes again, those children would be sent to negotiate. Such a child was called a “Peace Child”. This legend represents the important role young people can play in changing the world.

PCI is involved in a range of issues relating to both poverty (due to both global and local inequalities) and to the need for sustainability, and hence environmental awareness and action. Many of their programmes address the needs of children, including those who live and work on the streets. Education is seen as the key to meeting the most basic needs of children who have been orphaned, abandoned or whose parents cannot afford to send them to school.

Each year, PCI recruits a new team of young international volunteers to run its Head Office near Cambridge in England. Volunteers are supplied with food and accommodation in the PCI Hostel at the White House and given a small weekly amount of pocket money. Volunteer duties include managing the Be the Change! Education programmes – doing presentations at schools around the UK, representing PCI at conferences, writing funding proposals, keeping records, reports and evaluations.

Peace Child offers some valuable and responsible volunteer opportunities for people in the 18-25 age range. What they say on their website is “If you get involved with PCI, don’t expect a relaxing time, doing photocopying or making coffee. You will be responsible for your own time management, your own presentations and project management – the kind of responsibility you would have to wait years to secure in most paid employment”.

Peace Child India

88, 1st main road, Chamarajpet west Bangalore – 560018 India

Tel: 0091.80.26506425 e-mail:

Peace Child India operates in southern India. Among other things, they provide a community education programme in rural state schools and Fair Trade products through Arthaa Handicrafts. Of particular interest is the opportunities that they offer of meaningful volunteer tours, and of internships. The Meaningful Tours last for either two or four weeks and provide a mix of activities including visits to ‘development projects’ and some local sightseeing.

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