International Programmes for Youth

Childrens International Summer Villages offers programs for youth all around the world.  Each fall, the London chapter is given several opportunities for delegations of youth to participate in programmes for the next summer.  These opportunities vary from year to year and as such not all programmes may be available in any given year. 
Age 11:

CISV Villages are international camps that inspire 11-year-old children to imagine a more just and peaceful world. The children come together from many different countries to take part in a variety of educational, cultural and fun activities.

Each Village welcomes delegations from 10-12 countries. Each delegation has two boys and two girls, accompanied by an adult leader. The camp is coordinated by adult staff, supported by Junior Counsellors (age 16-17).

A Village creates a safe, fun setting in which your child will learn, with children from around the world, about each others' lives and cultures and how to communicate, cooperate and live together. The Village learning experiences, and the friendships made, will last your child a lifetime.

Age 14 - 15:
Step Up

CISV's Step Up programme encourages young people to take a leading role in planning and organizing activities. The participants and their adult leaders use CISV's peace education to guide the theme of the camp around which they plan activities, such as identity, democracy, or environmental protection. 

Step Up delegations come from nine countries and are comprised of four young people, 2 girls and 2 boys, who are accompanied by an adult leader. The camp is coordinated by adult staff.

Age 17 - 18:
Seminar Camps

Seminar Camps are for 30 international participants, with the supervision and assistance of international adult staff.

Joining a Seminar Camp puts you in the driving-seat, as with your fellow participants you plan and lead the programme. Being part of Seminar Camp’s group-living environment encourages you to take a creative and cooperative approach to problem-solving and resolving differences that can arise from healthy discussion. Friendship and fun ensure that your Seminar Camp experience is lasting and positive.

Other Programming Available

In addition to the above programmes, CISV offers other programming as described below:

Ages 12 - 15:

While based on the same educational principles as CISV’s camp-based programmes, 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.

Ages 12 - 18
International Youth Meeting

Youth Meetings are for 25-35 participants (aged 12-13, 14-15, 16-18 or 19+), coordinated by adult staff. Young people aged under 16 travel in delegations with an adult leader.

Join a Youth Meeting and explore aspects of a theme that affects us all, such as democracy, and share your perspectives and learn from each  other. You will also think about how you can use what you gain from your experience - new understanding and planning and communication skills - beyond the camp in your school, college or community. As with all of our programmes, you will find there is an emphasis on friendship and fun!

Ages 16 - 18
Junior Counsellor

The Junior Counsellor or "JC" role is one that takes place at a Village for 11 year olds.  The JC takes on a leadership role, often bridging the gap between village delegates and the leaders and senior camp staff.  There are generally between 2 and 5 JC's at any one Village.  Being a JC is a great way to grow your leadership skills, while still having a great time with the delegates.

Ages 19+

International Peoples Project

International People’s Projects (IPPs) are locally run projects that benefit a community and its environment. In partnership with local organizations, a group of volunteers from at least four different countries work together on a community project, such as combating environmental degradation, support for immigrants or an arts-based regeneration scheme.

IPPs are personally fulfilling, giving you the chance to learn new skills and ways of thinking and make lasting friendships. They are an opportunity to live and work as part of a community, in an authentic cultural experience that will make a genuine difference. 

Around 25 volunteers participate in each IPP, including staff.

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