CISV encourages and inspires people to contribute to social justice and world peace.

What is CISV?

CISV is a global Non-Profit-Organization for international and intercultural Youth Exchange. Since it was founded in 1951, the goal of CISV has been to encourage people of all ages to stand up for world peace. We are confident that satisfying educational experiences and life-long intercultural friendships will change the world into a better place.

CISV offers a range of different international programs for children and youth of different ages as well as a lot of opportunities for regional and local voluntary engagement. Our educational approach is based on the concept of “experiental learning”; all programs include a lot of fun as well as a secure and healthy environment, so participants can develop their personalities.

CISV is a non-political as well as a non-religious organization and is at the same time open to people from all cultures, with all beliefs. You can find our volunteer-based organization in about 70 nations on all continents, with the purpose to include more and more nations and cultures into this worldwide exchange.

The Ottawa chapter of CISV was founded in 1967.

CISV experiences help to develop a worldview and life philosophy which invites us people to stand up for peace.

Objectives of CISV

  • to recognize self-esteem
  • to advocate for your own convictions
  • to create positive change in society
  • to recognize global relationships
  • to promote non-violent solutions
  • to create peace in the world through friendship and mutual understanding

International Programs Worldwide per Year


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Countries Involved