“Building international competence”

Ages 12-13

July 2019
Three boy & three girl delegates
$1,800 + travel

Program Contact


Building intercultural competence

The first Interchange was held in 1961.

While based on the same educational principles as CISV’s camp-based program, Interchange encourages a deeper encounter between two cultures by placing young people within families. Group activities during the exchange, such as a mini-camp, are a vital complement to the in-depth family experience.  

Interchange takes place in two ‘phases’ – your child joins a delegation that visits another country and is hosted there by a CISV family. Then in return you and your family host a child from the delegation from the country your child visited. Interchange exchanges give your whole family the chance to experience another culture and make new friends and to be part of your local CISV community.

An experience for your whole family

An Interchange involves not just your child but the whole family. As part of your child’s Interchange, you will host a child from another country in your home and get involved with local CISV social and educational activities. CISV offers your family a taste of the CISV experience along with dedicated support and advice.

Find out more about your child and CISV and what sending your child to a CISV program will mean for you and your family. 

With over 40 years experience of organizing family-based exchanges for children and teenagers, you can be assured of the highest level of supervision and safety for your child. Read more about our child safety policy.

Forms for Applicant

Forms for References

Form submissions will automatically go to the CISV program chairs. You need to provide the following link to your references.

All application materials must be submitted as early as possible before December 10

Applications will be accepted after the deadline, but priority will be given to applications received on or before December 10.

Information entered using these links will be used by CISV program chairs and will remain confidential. You can expect to receive an email confirmation with your submission.

Youth Reference Form
This form should be filled out by an adult, such as a teacher or advisor.

Family Reference Form
This form should be filled out by someone acquainted with the family (friend, neighbor or co-worker,etc).