About CISV

CISV (formerly Children's International Summer Villages) is a volunteer organization with representation in 68 countries and 220 towns and cities worldwide (2018). The organization was formed in 1951 by Dr. Doris Allen, a psychologist at the University of Cincinnati. Her premise was that teaching children to live together as friends could create true and lasting global peace.

CISV has grown exponentially since 1951. As of 2018, there were over 260 international programmes with more than 10,500 participants and 62,417 individual members and volunteers!

These opportunities foster a respect for cultural differences, help identify common values and develop self awareness. CISV empowers each participant to incorporate these values into their lives as they become global citizens.

CISV Victoria was incorporated in 1965 and became a registered charity in 1980. Youth members are encouraged to take a leading role in organizing, running, as well as participating in monthly meetings with local topics such as homelessness and racial stereotyping to globalization and ethical practices in different countries. We have both local volunteering and activities through our monthly Junior Branch meetings and our local outreach programme, Mosaic; as well as offer international opportunities to meet and grow with CISV Members from all around the world.

Learn more about CISV at the CISV International and CISV Canada websites.

These YouTube videos, created by CISV Victoria members, provide some information about CISV and our programmes.

CISV Canada Village video
What is an IPP?
What is Peace Bus?
Because of CISV...
CISV London Ontario Chapter Village video

 

News

2020 Programme Invitations
Village (age 11):
V-2020-008 to Ottawa, Canada
July 3-30, 2020
V-2020-010 to Guangzhou, China
July 11-Aug 7, 2020

Youth Meeting (age 12-13):
Y-2020-007 to São Paulo, Brazil
Dec 27, 202-Jan 10, 2021

Step Up (age 15):
C-2020-031 to Querétaro, Mexico
July 3-25, 2020

Junior Counsellor (age 16-17):
Female to V-2020-008 to Ottawa, Canada
July 3-30, 2020

Seminar Camp (age 17-18) and International People's Project (age 19+) positions also available.

We are also recruiting people 21+ for leadership positions:

-Leaders for our Village, Youth Meeting, and Step Up invites.  Applicants must be available for the specified programme dates.

-Staff for the Village we are hosting this summer.  Applicants must be available from July 16-August 17.

All people in leadership positions receive local and national training.

Application deadline: Fri Dec. 13
See Resources tab for forms

Contact programmes@cisvvictoria.ca for information.

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CISV Victoria is hosting a Village in summer 2020!
We will welcome 70 people to live and learn for a month: 12 international delegations of 11-year olds and leaders, plus staff and Junior Counsellors.
We'll be seeking donations of food, money, and volunteers to make it a huge success.   
Help needed for camp set-up/tear-down, kitchen help, homestays, and transportation. Get your Criminal Record Check done now (ages 18+).

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CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS (CRCs): 
CRCs are needed for all people age 18+  in a household hosting homestays or people volunteering at camps
Please email: riskmanager@
CISVvictoria.ca
 to check if you have a valid one on file or request the password and weblink.


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CISV MEMBERSHIP: 
Obtain, or renew your annual membership. Forms are in the "Joining CISV" section of this site. The membership year runs from October 1-September 30 each year. Individual (18+) and Family rates available: membership@
cisvvictoria.ca

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PEACE BUS PROGRAMME: Has been retired. Thank you to Windsor Salt for its corporate sponsorship, and to Jeff Dubney, Founder, and all the leaders, youth, volunteers, chapters, and organizations across the country that participated to make this wonderful programme possible for as long as possible.

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ARE YOU GETTING CISV EMAILS?
The most recent email newsletter was sent to CISV Victoria's membership on December 4, 2019. Please let us know if we missed you. Email  communications@
cisvvictoria.ca
   Also check out our Facebook page "CISV Victoria, Canada"; and Instagram "cisvvictoriacanada"