About CISV

CISV (formerly Children's International Summer Villages) is a volunteer organization with representation in over 75 countries and 220 cities worldwide. 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 and in the last year alone there were over 200 international programmes with more than 8,000 participants.

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




Application deadline: Now until filled: Send to programmes@CISVvictoria.ca 

Options to lead small delegations of youth aged 11, 12-13, 14, and 15 on short programmes (lengths of 2, 3, & 4 weeks) to places ranging from Canada (Saskatoon), to Brazil, France, Argentina, Mexico, and Japan.  Must be age 21+   Application form on the green Resources tab.

PROGRAMME APPLICANTS WANTED:  Applications due now - until spots filled. Application forms are on the green Resources tab.  The following still have spots available as of Jan 15/19:

Age 11: VILLAGE (del. of 4 + leader)

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: Dec. 28/19-Jan, 20/20 - winter

Age 14:  STEP-UP (del of 4 + leader) - ONE SPOT LEFT for a 14 year old female to Queretaro, Mexico: July 5-27

Age 16-18:  YOUTH MEETING - individual
Monterrey, Mexico: June 26-July 13

Age 16-18: WINTER YOUTH MEETING - individual
Nord, France: Dec 27, 2019 - Jan 3, 2020


Ages 17-18: SEMINAR CAMP - Individual.  Various.  Application form/Info. on the Resources page.  Info: programmes@
 and seminar@

APPLY NOW! ROUND TWO DEADLINE: Open til Feb 8, 2019, but it's "first come first serve" for any of the following spots still open after Round One. 

 ONLY THE CAMPS THAT INTEREST YOU IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE - note that M means a spot for a male and F means a spot for a female:

Summer 2019 options still open as of Jan 4/18: 

Brazil (M, F),  Canada (Vancouver),(M, F);  El Salvador (M, F), France (F), Israel (M), Mexico (M), Sweden (M, F), UK (M), USA (New York) (M).

Winter 2019-20 options still open as of Jan 4/18: Brazil (F, F), Guatemala (F)


Ages 11-19:  NATIONAL CAMP:  Toronto, ON:  Individual. mid-August 1 week.  Applications and info. come out in Spring 2019


Age 19+: IPP:  "Building Bridges" Portugal: July 26-Aug 11, 2019, and waitlist options for Czech Republic, Italy, and Japan  See Resources tab for application form and more info. or email: ipp@cisvvictoria.ca

: On a hiatus for 2019, as the programme is undergoing a review.


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



- Volunteer recruitment coordinator
- Leader/Staff recruitment coordinator
- Local Camp Coordinator


Obtain, or renew your annual membership. Forms are in the "Joining CISV" section of this site. As of Fall 2018, membership runs from October 1-September 30 each year starting this year. Individual (19+) and Family rates available: membership@


The most recent email newsletter was sent to CISV Victoria's membership on January 8, 2019. Please let us know if we missed you. Email  communications@
   Also check out our Facebook page!