This Summer program will be available for up to eight participants, ages 12 to 13. Dates for this program have yet to be determined but will take place during the summer of 2020.
While based on the same educational principles as CISV’s camp-based programs, Interchange encourages a deeper encounter between two cultures by placing young people within families. Group activities such as a mini-camp are vital in complementing the intense in-depth family experience. Interchange takes place in two phases with one delegation visiting another country and then reciprocating. Parents, along with their children & leaders, plan the Interchange experience and are actively involved in the hosting of their child’s partner.
In 2017, 18 USA Interchanges touched more than 850 lives in ways that will be long remembered.
Total cultural immersion allows participants to gain new insight into human similarities and gain interdependence. In addition, Interchanges provide the greatest opportunity to share the lessons that CISV has to offer as families are directly involved in all phases of the program.
Interchange is for our youth who are ready to begin exploring cross-cultural communication
Parents are an integral part of the Interchange. Parents, along with their children & leaders, plan the Interchange experience and are actively involved in the hosting of their child’s partner. A close planning interaction between parents & youth often allows the parent and the youth to re-discover each other. Here are some of the comments received from families:
- “An incredible life enriching experience”
- “Parents allowed themselves plenty of time to get to know me”
- “Sharing experiences, discussing problems & coming to an understanding”
- “CISV has developed good qualities in my child”
- “The most amazing experience of my son’s life”
- “Our family has given our children roots, and CISV gives them wings”
- The leader of the Interchange delegation is the catalyst for the delegation’s bonding together into a cohesive group of friends with a common purpose – educational fun & friendship. Leaders are carefully selected and comprehensively trained adults who demonstrate a love of working with children, a belief in the ideals of CISV, and the flexibility and maturity necessary to lead a delegation of energetic young people. CISV volunteer leaders include teachers, parents, business & professionals, and graduate students.
Who plans the Interchange?
There is a set structure to every interchange as described above. In conjunction with the Local Interchange Coordinator and leader, the participating families plan the USA portion of the Interchange as a group. It is a program that is an enriching experience for not just the delegate but for the entire family. The Interchange country counterparts will plan the portion in the Interchange country.
Delegates will meet as a group with the leader several times prior to the program start to get to know each other and prepare their national night.
All adults in my household work during the day. How can we host a teen for Interchange?
Some families believe that because all adults in the household work, they cannot manage an Interchange. The 2-week visit is planned by the Interchange families facilitated by the Local Interchange Coordinator. With cooperation between the families and incorporation of the required CISV components (3 day mini-camp and group gatherings), the need for parents to take a lot of vacation is reduced quite a bit.
How do I apply for the Interchange?
Application can be downloaded from link above. Both the delegate and family must submit applications and references. As is the case with all youth organizations, all adults in the household 18 or over must permit background checks. The selection process will include a home visit and an interview of the delegate. Selections are made by the end of January.