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

 

PROGRAMME APPLICANTS : Applications due now until spots filled. Application forms are on the green Resources tab.  The following still have spots available as of June 5, 2019:

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Age 19+: IPP (International People's Project): See cisv.org/upcoming-ipps/  for themes. Projects between 14-23 days this summer.  First come, first served. Sweden (July 1-18: 3 positions). Contact Sonja at ipp@CISVvictoria.ca for more information.

 

Age 16-18: Youth Meeting: July 13-27, 2019 in Padova, Italy.  Email cisv.fton@gmail.com (Fredericton). The delegate would represent Canada, and meet participants from 21 other nations. Costs include a CISV membership ($65), program fee ($700 - includes room and board for 14 days) and travel fee (purchased by the delegate). An amazing opportunity to build global friendships.

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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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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. Since Fall 2018, membership runs from October 1-September 30 each year. Individual (18+) and Family rates available: membership@
cisvvictoria.ca

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ARE YOU GETTING CISV EMAILS?
The most recent email newsletter was sent to CISV Victoria's membership on June 9, 2019. Please let us know if we missed you. Email  communications@
cisvvictoria.ca
   Also check out our Facebook page!