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The building blocks of global friendship

See the 2019 travel programs. Check out the welcome letter.

CISV offers 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:

International Programs   Leadership Opportunities
Village 11 Sarah
Interchange 12-15 Jane & Maryes
Step Up 13-15 Debbie
Seminar Camp 17-18 Jane & Maryse
Youth Meeting 12-19+ Debbie
IPP 19+ Debbie
National Programs
National Camp 11+ Toni & Magda
Peace Bus 14-18 Mykal
Junior Counselor 16-17 Katie
Junior Leader 18+ Katie
Adult Leader 21+ Katie
Local Programs
Junior Branch 11-25 Toni & Magda
Mosaic All ages Jane & Maryse

Concerned about your child's safety? So are we! CISV Ottawa, CISV Canada, CISV International and CISV chapters around the world take the safety of our participants very seriously.

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The foundation for global friendship

The Village is a unique four-week international camp that was the original CISV program and is still its flagship. Delegates to this multilingual and multicultural experience participate in a mix of educational, cultural, and sporting activities which emphasize cooperative global and intercultural living.

Age Duration Size of group
11 28 days Delegations from 10 - 12 countries. Each delegation comprises 2 boys and 2 girls with an adult leader (age 21+). The camp is coordinated by an adult staff supported by Junior Counselors (age 16-17).
Program Costs: Reference:

Contact the Village Coordinator with any questions.

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Building intercultural competence

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 by hosting the delegation from the country they visited. Not only is this a profound intercultural experience for the youth participant, but it also engages the whole family, and potentially the community in which they live, in the CISV experience.   

Age Duration Size of group
12-15* 14-28 days per phase** Delegations come from two countries and comprise 6-12 youth accompanied by an adult leader (age 21+)

* Age is determined annually, but is always a two-year span (i.e., 12-13, 13-14, 14-15)
** Interchange phases can be consecutive or take place up to a year apart.

Program Costs: * If the Interchange spans two calendar years, membership fees must be paid in both years



Contact the Interchange Coordinator with any questions.

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Building leadership skills

Aimed at young teens, the Step Up (formerly Summer Camp) encourages participants to take responsibility for leadership and program planning. Each camp focuses on a specific educational theme. Participants work together to plan activities and discussions which build on the chosen theme.

Age Duration Size of group
13-15 23 days Delegations come from 6 or 9 countries and are comprised of 4-6 delegates, equally divided between girls and boys, who are accompanied by an adult leader (age 21+). The camp is coordinated by adult staff.
Program Costs: Reference:

Contact the Step Up Coordinator with any questions.

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A dialogue for global friendship

2019 application and reference form available now

This personally challenging, intensive program is facilitated by participants. Participants develop their own themes and agenda to explore issues and form opinions about individual, international, and multicultural matters, within a framework which stresses positive conflict resolution. Seminar Camp fosters interest in the world as a whole and develops a sense of responsibility for its peaceful survival.

Age Duration Size of group
17-18 21 days Group is made up of 18-30 participants (1 or 2 from each country), plus 4-6 international adult staff.
Program Costs:

Check International Seminar Camp for further details. Contact the Seminar Camp Coordinator with any questions.

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Building skills and regional capacity

These short regional camps feature individual themes that allow young people to explore intercultural issues in a regional context. The program reinforces core CISV values and builds leadership and organizational skills, while promoting continued CISV involvement.

Age Duration Size of group
12-19+ 8 or 15 days Approximately 25-35 participants plus staff. People under 16 travel in delegations with an adult leader (age 21+).
Program Costs:

Contact the YM Coordinator with any questions.

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Go out, find out, help out

International People's Project (IPP) is a way to learn while actively contributing to the community. In partnership with local organizations, delegates participate in hands-on work involving a specific theme or project, such as nature conservation or immigration. They also research the issue in their own countries and lead educational activities on the subject. Additional training may be provided by the partner or other experts in the field.

Age Duration Size of group
19+ 21 days Approximately 25 participants including staff.
Program Costs:

See the IPP Program website, and contact the IPP Coordinator with any questions.

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