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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

For in-depth information on our educational approach, please take a look at CISV’s Educational Principles.

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:

Programme Age group
Village 11
Interchange 12-15
Step Up 14-15
Youth Meeting 12-19+
Seminar Camp 17-18
International People’s Project 19+
Mosaic All ages
Junior Branch 11-25

CISV Chapters around the world host a range of programmes 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 programmes starting with children from age 11. There are many additional opportunities for involvement for other age groups in these programmes – ranging from Junior Counsellors to adult Leaders.

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

Scholarship opportunities may be available.

Financial aid may be available as well.