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2019 Summer Programs
International opportunities for ages 11-18
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Village, JC, & Leader Info
Village is the original CISV program consisting of a four-week international camp. Delegates to this multilingual and multicultural experience participate in a mix of educational, cultural and sporting activities, which emphasize cooperative global and intercultural living. Delegations from 10-12 countries are comprised of 2 boys and 2 girls (age 11) with an adult leader. The camp is coordinated by the hosting chapter with an adult staff and supported by Junior Counselors (age 16-17).
Video: What is Village?
Village Invitation (delegate must be 11 at some point between May 31 and August 31))
Please note on application a first and second choice of location.
• Querétaro, MEXICO, July 5-August 1, 2019
Program # V-2019-037
• Sogn & Fjordane, NORWAY, June 28-July 25, 2018
Program # V-2019-044
DELEGATES & LEADER SELECTED:
TO BE ANNOUNCED FEBRUARY 28th
To apply as a delegate: submit a Youth Delegate Application and Supplement for Village Applicants to CISV Gulf Coast, and 2 Youth Delegate Reference Forms (to be submitted directly to CISV Gulf Coast by a teacher or family friend).
Link to applications (in Word and PDF formats):Village Application Docs
Junior Counselor Invitation (ages 16-17)
Female, Smoky Mountain, USA (Knoxville, TN), June 21-July 18, 2019
Program # V-2019-060
To apply: submit a Leadership Application and two Confidential Reference Forms for CISV Leadership / Staff Position (to be submitted directly to CISV Gulf Coast by a teacher or family friend).
All JCs are required to attend Local Leader Training and National Leader Training after selection.
Link to applications (in Word and PDF formats):Junior Counselor Application Docs
TO BE ANNOUNCED FEBRUARY 28th
Leader applicants (ages 21 +)
Delegation leaders must submit to a rigorous interview, as well as a positive review of their background check and references. They will meet with the youth applicants to assure a good match; therefore they must attend scheduled events and meetings as requested by the Selection Committee.
All leaders are required to attend Local Leader Training in addition to National Leader Training after selection. Leaders are to meet with their delegates and parents multiple times between official selection and departure for the program. All leader training and travel expenses are provided. The only expense to a leader is their passport, personal spending money, and possible travel expenses for delegation meetings (if the leader lives out of the area).
Leader positions (ages 21 +)
• Village delegation to Querétaro, MEXICO, July 5-August 1, 2019
Program # V-2019-037
• Village delegation to Sogn & Fjordane, NORWAY, June 28-July 25, 2019
Program # V-2019-044
To apply: submit a Leadership Application, Background Check Questionnaire & Authorization to CISV Gulf Coast, and two Confidential Reference Forms for CISV Leadership / Staff Position (to be submitted directly to CISV Gulf Coast by a teacher or family friend). Please note on the application a first and second choice of program.
Link to applications (in Word and PDF formats):Leader Application Docs
Selected leaders are required to attend Local Leadership Training and one of the National Leadership Trainings (see 2019 Calendar below).
Programs for ages 14 & up
Fortnight, Youth Meeting, Step Up, & Seminar Info
Fortnight (ages 16-18)
This 14 day domestic camp will have one delegate from each of the 25 USA CISV chapters. This camp reinforces the core CISV values and builds leadership and organizational skills.
2019 Fortnight Invitation
Austin, Texas, USA, July 22-August 4, 2019
To apply as a delegate: Coming soon!
TO BE ANNOUNCED FEBRUARY 28th
Youth Meeting (ages 16-18)
This 15 day themed camp allows participants to explore intercultural issues. This camp reinforces the core CISV values and builds leadership and organizational skills.
Youth Meeting Invitation
• Individual to Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 28, 2019-January 11, 2020
Program # Y-2019-001
To apply as a delegate: submit a Youth Delegate Application to CISV Gulf Coast, and 2 Youth Delegate Reference Forms (to be submitted directly to CISV Gulf Coast from the referee). Link to applications (in Word and PDF formats): Youth Meeting Application Docs
This personally challenging, intensive program is facilitated by the 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.
Seminar Camp Invitation (ages 17-18)
Applications due January 7, 2019
To apply: submit a Youth Delegate Application to CISV Gulf Coast, and 2 Youth Delegate Reference Forms (to be submitted directly to CISV Gulf Coast by a teacher or family friend). Link to applications (in Word and PDF formats): Seminar Application Docs
Step Up (age 14)
This 23-day camp encourages participants to take responsibility for leadership and program planning. Each camp focuses on a specific educational theme. Participants work together planning activities and discussions building on a chosen theme.
Delegations from 6-9 countries are comprised of 2 boys, 2 girls and an adult leader (age 21+). The camp is coordinated by the hosting chapter and an adult staff.
Video:What is Step Up?
2018 Step Up Invitation
Not available for 2019
To apply: submit a Youth Delegate Application to CISV Gulf Coast, and 2 Youth Delegate Reference Forms (to be submitted directly to CISV Gulf Coast by a teacher or family friend). Link to applications (in Word and PDF formats): Step Up Application Docs
How to submit application and references for all programs:
Application documents can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to CISV Gulf Coast, Attn: Collette Field, 2599 Santa Rosa Cove, Biloxi, MS 39531
Please give the person filling out your reference form a stamped envelope labeled with the above address so they can mail your reference form to the chapter
Preferred deadline is January 31, 2019. After that date, please contact us to see if we are still taking applications for the program you are interested in.
April 5-7, 2019 National Leadership Training for Leaders, Junior Counselors, Local Chapter Leader Roles Location: Dallas, Texas
April 12-14, 2019 National Leadership Training for Leaders, Junior Counselors, Local Chapter Leader Roles Location: Detroit, Michigan
May 17-19, 2019 National Leadership Training for Leaders, Junior Counselors, Local Chapter Leader Roles Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee
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What is CISV? Building Global Friendship
Who We Are
We are a global community of dedicated volunteers, creating opportunities for all ages to experience the excitement and enrichment of cultural diversity through our educational programs. We are founded on our belief that peace is possible through friendship - and that the real difference can be made by starting with children.
CISV is a charitable, independent, non-political, volunteer organization promoting peace education and cross-cultural friendship.
What We Do
CISV provides a range of unique, educational group activities, which develop cross-cultural understanding in children, youth and adults from around the world. By encouraging respect for cultural differences and the development of self-awareness, CISV empowers each participant to incorporate these values into their lives as they become global citizens and strive for a more peaceful world.
Our work focuses on the following key areas:
"We must start with the children." ~ Dr. Doris Allen, founder
Following the devastation of World War II, many people were focusing on initiatives to build and maintain peace. One particular idea caught the attention of child psychologist, Dr. Doris Allen. It was a proposal for a UNESCO peace education institute for postgraduates from many disciplines. The idea for Children's International Summer Villages (today known as CISV International) was conceived by Dr. Allen in 1946. As a specialist in growth and development, Dr. Allen, could not agree that the focus for peace education should be in the field of adult learning. She firmly believed that the ultimate source for peace, long range, lay with the children.
From this conviction came her vision of bringing together children from all over the globe to learn to respect different and common values. In 1951, she realised her dream when delegates from eight countries gathered in Cincinnati, USA for the first Children's International Summer Village (CISV). Over the decades, the organization grew in numbers, countries and activities. In 1979, Doris Allen was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize - the recipient that year was Mother Teresa.
Over 50 years after the first Village, this programme remains the cornerstone of our international educational activities. CISV's range of programmes has increased from one to six different types of international activities and from one village to around 180 international programmes a year.
Today CISV operates in over 60 countries and since 1951, more than 190,000 people have participated in more than 5000 international activities.
For more information on CISV USA, visit the website www.cisvusa.org.
CISV Gulf Coast Chapter
Founded in 1963
The CISV Gulf Coast Chapter was started in 1963 and has hosted an Children's International Summer Village for 11 year olds every three years. That's almost 1,000 children that have some to the Coast to learn about cultures from a round the world.
The Gulf Coast Chapter has sent over 1,000 area children to international camps and interchanges in Europe, Asia, Central and South America.