WELSH CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (WCIA)
We are the Welsh Centre for International Affairs. We inspire people to learn and act on global issues so everyone in Wales can contribute to creating a fairer and more peaceful world.
We do this through our main areas of action:
Global Learning: We promote global learning to prepare Wales for our shared future. We inspire people’s interest in global issues and develop their understanding of why these issues are relevant to all of our lives. We also support non-formal education through Wales-based and international volunteering experiences (over 50 placements per year) which have a transformational impact on confidence, skills and attitudes.
Global Action: We inspire global action in communities and organisations in Wales. We support communities and institutions to unite behind global action within Wales. This means putting our expertise and networks behind home-grown campaigns and activities, celebrating their achievements and supporting organisations to be more globally responsible.
Global Partnerships: We build global partnerships connecting Wales and the world. We support worldwide partnerships that strengthen Wales as an outward-looking and globally responsible nation. We support international friendship and mutual cooperation, and we coordinate and strengthen Welsh international development activity.
Peace Heritage: Our 3 programmes are underpinned by WCIA’s Peace Heritage work, building on learning from Wales’ long history of internationalist movements, and our role as guardians of Wales’ National Temple of Peace and Health.
We merged with long-term partners UNA Exchange in April 2020, taking on all their staff and pooling their expertise with ours. Both organisations have over 50 years of experience in hosting and supporting work camps, peace camps and recruiting and sending volunteers worldwide.
As a member of the European Alliance for international voluntary service and the CCIVS, WCIA has been at the centre of advocacy and developing best practice for international exchange. WCIA staff have extensive experience of EVS and ESC programmes working with international exchange volunteers for almost 50 years.