The Village is a unique four week international camp that was the original CISV programme and is still its flagship programme. Delegates to this multilingual and multicultural experience participate in a mix of educational, cultural and sporting activities, which emphasizes cooperative global and intercultural living. Village programmes bring 4 youth and a leader from 12 different countries together along with staff members arranged by the local chapter, and 6 Junior Counsellors (16-17) from around the world.
While based on the same educational principles as CISV’s camp based programmes, Interchange encourages a deeper encounter between two cultures by placing young people within families. Group activities such as weekend camps are vital in complementing the intense in–depth family experience.
Interchange takes place in two phases with one delegation visiting another country and then reciprocating by hosting the delegation from the country they visited. Not only is this a profound intercultural experience for the youth participant, but it also engages the whole family, and potentially the community in which they live, in the CISV experience.
Aimed at young teens, the Step Up Camp encourages participants to take responsibility for leadership and programme planning. Each camp focuses on a specific educational theme. Participants work together to plan activities and discussions which build on the chosen theme. Step Up camps bring delegations of 4 youth and 1 leader from 9 countries together with staff arranged by the hosting chapter. Step Up delegates organise, plan, learn, and run activities with support from their leaders and staff.
This personally challenging, intensive programme is facilitated by 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.
The short (either one or two weeks) regional camps feature individual themes that allow young people to explore intercultural issues in a regional context. The programme reinforces core CISV values, builds leadership and organizational skills, while promoting continued CISV involvement. Youth meetings focus on a specific theme, some camps are for delegations of younger youth, and some camps are for older youth who attend the meetings as individual delegates.
This innovative programme is a way to learn while actively contributing to the community. In partnership with local organizations, delegates participate in hands–on work involving a specific theme or project, such as nature conservation or immigration. They also research the issue in their own countries and lead educational activities on the subject. Additional training may be provided by the partner or other experts in the field. This programme is ideal for adults/parents who want to experience the magic of CISV for themselves.
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