Lead a delegation or staff a camp

Be a leader to a delegation of children at a camp abroad or help staff a camp locally, and you’ll not only help enrich their lives, but  your own as well! By the end of the camp you will have met many exciting CISV volunteers and children from around the world, and made friendships for life.

You will be part of a team of committed, like-minded volunteers working to create an unforgettable experience for the children or young people in your care. Additionally, you will have the support and leadership of our highly experienced staff. As a leader or staff, you will help children and young people develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they need to take a positive, active role in their local and global community. In your role, you’ll guide them as they build friendships, have fun, and learn from you and each other.

About you

You are aged 21 or over and have a positive and open attitude towards cultures other than your own. You know that learning is a life-long process and that you can gain as much from the CISV experience as our programme participants. You share our belief that we can all play our part in making the world a better place. You will be free to travel and able to commit to 2 to 4 weeks in a residential camp and the essential training and preparation needed beforehand.

We offer you

Full training and support, a fun, supportive, inter-cultural environment, and the opportunity to enhance your CV and develop your personal skills.

Leader or staff: what’s the difference?


Who can be a leader?

Our programs for under-16s are accompanied by volunteer adults. Each delegation of 4 children / teenagers is looked after by such a “leader”. They must be at least 21 years old. There is no age limit to the top. There are no costs for you, but we do not pay any fees, but we are happy to issue a certificate.

Leaders are substitute moms or dads at the camp, have the legal responsibility for their delegation throughout the programme and, together with the staff, are responsible for the programme design. Comprehensive training in CISV is a prerequisite and helps to meet the requirements.

Leaders and staff alike often develop lifelong friendships with people from all over the world.

How do you apply?

We’re currently recruiting for our 2024 programmes! Contact our Co-Programmes Chairs, Sierra and Beth for more info and how to apply!


Who can be staff?

All adult staff in an international programme must be at least 21 years old and a member of a CISV Association, with a minimum of one staff member in each team who is at least 25 years old. Provided other requirements are fulfilled, junior staff (aged 18+) may be able to take part if they are from the host National Association. Mosaic and Interchange may accept junior staff who are at least 18 years old.

How do you apply?

Anyone applying for a position of programme responsibility (including staff, leaders, JCs, junior staff/leaders) must:

  • fill in a Staff Leader Application Form and send it to the person in your National Association who is responsible for staff selection;
  • ask two referees to complete the official CISV Reference Form and forward them directly to the person in their National Association who is responsible for staff selection;
  • work with the person in your home National Association who is responsible for staff and leader selection to arrange for a police check (where possible according to national law) to be carried out and sent to that person for review.

International staff

Find out about any current international programme staff opportunities by going to international programme staff opportunities. All international programme staff members must be members of a CISV Association and be at least 21 years of age.

Chapters/National Associations wishing to invite staff members from another National Association to staff a programme which it is hosting, can contact their Educational Programmes Regional Delivery Team to discuss staffing needs, or ask the International Office to place a call out on international programme staff opportunities.

Before a Chapter/National Association appoints an international staff member, they are required to contact the candidate’s CISV Association. The International Office should be informed of any appointments. You can find more information on the ‘Specific Procedures for International Staff’ in the Programme Guides.