Philadelphia Chapter News
2018 program announcements and application forms can be viewed downloaded now from the individual program pages. If your child plans to apply for a program, please contact the program chairs (contact info is below). They need to know to expect your application, and they can answer questions you might have.
All applications and reference forms are due by December 10. The earlier you get your form in, the easier it is for the program coordinators.
Registration forms will be posted to program pages.
Here’s what you need to know about the Program Reveal and Chapter Meeting
- For all chapter members and interested friends
- November 5th, 2:30 – 4:30
- The Press house (1723 School House Lane, Ambler, PA)
For this meeting we ask that everyone just brings themselves and maybe a friend that is interested in CISV. Refreshments will be provided.
Following the reveal, we will hold our regular monthly chapter meeting and a breakout question and answer session for new and interested parents.
Since 1950, CISV’s unique educational programs have been bringing together young people from around the globe, developing cross-cultural knowledge and understanding.
By encouraging respect for cultural self-awareness, CISV empowers each participant to incorporate these values into their lives as they become global citizens and strive for a more peaceful world.
We are a global community of dedicated volunteers, creating opportunities for all ages to experience the excitement and enrichment of cultural diversity through our educational programs. We are founded on our belief that peace is possible through friendship — and that the real difference can be made by starting with children.
Opportunities for all ages around the world
CISV now offers a range of six international programs as well as local activities. There are camp programs, exchanges and community development activities. Programs are aimed at youth and adults, using diverse formats and themes. CISV hosts about 200 programs a year in over 60 countries.
Learning by doing
Creative activities, games and simulations, music and drama lead to lively discussion and evaluation. Participants learn through direct experience.
Young people take an active role in program planning, developing key leadership and communication skills. Programs are interactive, action-oriented, sensitive, often multilingual and always fun!
Starting with Children
In the aftermath of World War II, American psychologist Dr. Doris Allen saw that the “ultimate source for peace, long range, lay with the children.”
In 1950, she founded Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV). The following year, 11 year olds from eight different countries gathered in Cincinnati, Ohio for the first Village program.
Contributing to a better world
CISV is a global network of volunteers of all ages. We are independent and non-political. Supported by the International Office in England, volunteers plan and organize CISV programs and all aspects of the organization.
Cooperation and research toward international understanding are very important to us. CISV International is an NGO in operational relations with UNESCO and holds Participatory Status with the Council of Europe.
CISV inspires people of all ages to become active and contributing members of a just and peaceful world.