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St Vincent said to us: “The poor suffer less from a lack of generosity than from a lack of organization”

AIC has members in 53 countries on 4 continents. Its members are the national associations, which bring together the local groups of volunteers from the same country. The network is made up of more than 5100 local groups of volunteers across the world.

Every 3 years, the National Presidents of the member associations meet at the International Assembly of Delegates to elect the International President and the other members of the Executive Board. During these meetings, strategic guidelines (Priority Lines of Action) are adopted, which guide the work of the volunteers from across the AIC network for the 3 following years. The Priority Lines of Action 2017-2020 voted on at the last assembly in Châtillon, France in March 2017 are:

  • To promote through education holistic human development for the care of our Common Home
  • To strengthen our Vincentian identity
  • To encourage responsibility and service in leadership

Following the example of Saint Vincent, who was concerned throughout his life with education, AIC considers the on-going training of every volunteer to be an essential requirement in their work to support the most disadvantaged people.

AIC offers volunteers continuing technical, human and spiritual development training. The training is provided through documents, national, continental and international seminars and visits to national associations and their local groups. AIC has also been offering an online AIC diploma since 2014.

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