2017 Program Invitations will be announced Nov 1, 2016

Village (age 11)–

Vancouver, Canada and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Contact: Karen Kessler   karenkessler11@gmail.com

Interchange (ages 12-13)

  • Portugal
  • *a second trip may be added if enough interest among 14 & 15 year olds is expressed

Contact: Shannon Meyers and Polly Breithaupt cisvphillyic@gmail.com

StepUp (age 15)

Bogota, Columbia

Contact: Bill & Ellen Reaume  workbill_2000@yahoo.com, elbi214@juno.com

Youth Meeting (individual slots for age 16-18)

Alsace, France–winter 2017

Contact: Patrick O’Rourke p.orourke@verizon.net

Junior Counselor (age 16-17 females)

Porvoo, Finland and Munich, Germany

  • Contact: Noah Goodman  ngoodman77@hotmail.com

Seminar (age 17-18  males)

Fyn, Denmark and Madrid, Spain

Contact: Noah Goodman   ngoodman77@hotmail.com


CISV Programs Overview

The building blocks of global friendship
… learning by doing

Conventional education focuses on knowledge and sometimes on skills. However, at CISV we believe that the most effective learning takes place when we have engaging first-hand experiences.

As a result, our educational approach uses experiential methods to develop intercultural competence. This requires a focus on:

  • Developing awareness
  • Fostering positive attitudes
  • Increasing skills
  • Acquiring knowledge

Our educational principles underpin all of our educational programs and activities.

  • We appreciate the similarities between people and value their differences.
  • We support social justice and equality of opportunity for all.
  • We encourage the resolution of conflict through peaceful means.
  • We support the creation of sustainable solutions to problems relating to our impact upon each other and the natural environment.

At CISV we believe in building global friendship, starting with children. But that’s not where it stops. While the Village programme, for 11 year olds, is the cornerstone of our educational philosophy, it’s just the first building block. We also offer a range of multicultural experiences to youth and adults, providing the opportunity to experience the CISV philosophy and live our values. Find out more about our exciting and diverse activities:

ProgramAge group
Step Up14-15
Seminar Camp17-18
Youth Meeting12-19+
International People’s Project19+
MosaicAll ages
Junior Branch11-25


CISV Chapters around the world host a range of programs for different age groups. We try to ensure that quality and general content are similar, no matter where the activity takes place. CISV also endeavours to keep participation fees as low as possible. There are opportunities to learn at the local, regional and international level. Participation begins at local CISV Chapter level, where members have the opportunity to apply for international experiences. We have six unique international programs starting with children from age 11. There are many additional opportunities for involvement for other age groups in these programs – ranging from Junior Counselors to adult Leaders.

There are also many exciting volunteering opportunities for adults and youth.

Scholarship opportunities may be available.