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Be the change you want to see in the world

Two years ago, I received an email from an old friend of mine asking me if I would like to send my 11 year son to Norway for a month. Truth be told my friend had told me about CISV ten years before when his first daughter was leaving for Finland. At the time, I told my husband that I couldn’t believe what an amazing opportunity for a child – but I could NEVER send my child away, what kind of (Indian) mother would I be ???
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Grocery Gift Certificates

Great fundraiser for CISV, we buy in bulk and get a discount. CISV keeps half the discount and applies the other half as credit towards your next travel program, or you may choose to donate the money and get a tax receipt.

Gift certificates are available for:

  • Loblaws / Superstore (also valid at Maxi, NoFrills, Provigo, Independent, Valu-Mart)
  • Metro (also valid at Food Basics)

No minimum order is required and you can order a mix of Metro and Loblaws cards - the cards are available in denominations of $25, $50, $100, $250 (Loblaws) and $25, $50, $100 (Metro). For each $100 sold, the family will be credited $2.00 applied to the family's account as credit towards your next travel program, or you may choose to donate the money and get a tax receipt.

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Youth offered the chance of a lifetime through international program

 TRAVELING ABROAD. Ottawa west teen Johan Westeinde recently went to Forli, Italy as part of the Children’s International Summer Villages program. Kristy Wallace/ Ottawa This Week

For 14 year-old Johan Westeinde, the best part of going to Italy was the food – as well as going to the beach often and eating gelato everyday.

The west-end teen had a chance to live on a lavender farm in Flori, Italy this past summer as part of the Children’s International Summer Villages program.

“It’s a really great experience,” said Johan. “If you can try it out, you probably will like it.”

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Program offers memorable summer experience for area youth

EMC News - For 11-year-old Troy Martin, this past summer was like no other he's ever experienced.

Troy was among several local youth to participate in a program courtesy of Children's International Summer Villages (CISV) Ottawa, one of 12 CISV chapters across Canada that enable children and young people in more than 60 countries to experience different cultures and build international friendships based on understanding and respecting cultural differences.

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From Manotick to the Motor City

As part of CISV International People's Project, for members 19+, Ann Blackburn helped make a difference in the lives of children from Detroit's underprivileged suburb. Read the article by Matthew Pearson from the Ottawa Citizen describing how one of our members spent her summer vacation.

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Rome IYM

Kevin Young, a member of CISV Vancouver, just returned from an International Youth Meeting where he represented CISV Ottawa as one of two Canadian delegates.