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

GARAGE SALE!  We are currently seeking a great location to host a 2-day garage sale this fall to raise money for our Summer 2020 Village Programme.  We are also seeking donations of gently used items to sell, a drop-off location, and volunteers. Please contact Tamara at funddevelopment@
CISVvictoria.ca
 for more info. or to help out.  More info. to come when it's available.

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VILLAGE 2020:  CISV Victoria will be hositing a Village in Summer 2020 (details to come about dates, countries attending, etc.). It means we will welcome about 70 people (includiing 48 11 year olds from 12 countries, and their leaders),  to live and learn and have fun here with us for a month.  We will be seeking donations of foodstuffs, money, and volunteers to make it a huge success.  Please watch this space, and your email for invitations to planning meetings, and to sign up to help out - kitchen help, homestays, and transportation are some of the main areas that need support.  Thank you.  Get your Criminal Record Check done early (ages 18+), so you won't miss out on any of the fun.

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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 VICTORIA CHAPTER VOLUNTEERS POSITIONS OPEN:

- Volunteer recruitment coordinator
- Leader/Staff recruitment coordinator
- Local Camp Coordinator
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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 September 9, 2019. Please let us know if we missed you. Email  communications@
cisvvictoria.ca
   Also check out our Facebook page!