Grenzenlos (former ICYE Austria) is part of an international youth exchange network (the ICYE Federation). It was founded in 1949 as a pacifist programme standing in for tolerance and re-conciliation between different cultures. ICYE became a symbol for tolerance and peace and was appointed as Peace Messenger by the UN in 1987. Since 1996, ICYE participates in the EVS. In 1998 it became the implementor of the EVS MELANGE special event project, which resulted in a partnership between EVS organisations and municipal departments. After this special event, Melange became an institutionalized EVS Programm in Vienna, focusing on high quality standards within EVS, and is implemented by Grenzenlos with the help and support of Vienna’s youth department and the youth information centre. In 1999 the focus was set on the increase of mobility for handicapped, the opening of volunteer actions in Eastern Europe, as well as maximizing inclusion of disadvantaged youngsters, eg. from migrant background.