Programmes

A typical Village schedule

programme age group

  • Village                                         11
  • Summer Camp                         14-15
  • Seminar Camp                         17-18
  • Youth Meeting                          12-19+
  • International People’s Project    19+
  • Mosaic                                      All ages
  • Junior Branch                           11-25

village

Village is often the entry point into CISV activities. Each year we send delegations of four eleven year olds, two girls and two boys, with an adult Leader to Villages all over the world. Each village is made up about twelve delegations from around the world, led by adult staff. There are also six Junior Counsellors – 16 or 17 year olds who act as a bridge between the children and the staff. Village lasts for four weeks and the children follow a programme of experiential learning through games – starting with name games and learning how easy it is to communicate without language. As Village progresses the children move on to look at social topics, again through games. In 2012 we sent three delegations to Amsterdam, Newcastle and Rio de Janeiro, but wherever the village is held the children get the same experience (with very little time for sightseeing!).

step up

Each Step Up is made up nine delegations of up to six 14 and 15 year olds. Children are accompanied by an adult leader and the camp is run by adult staff with input from the young people.

international youth meeting

These regional events (ie continental) last 8 or 15 days and bring together about 30 young people to explore intercultural issues. The programme reinforces core CISV values, builds leadership and organizational skills, while promoting continued CISV involvement.

seminar camp

Seminar Camp is for 17 and 18 year olds. 30 young people, often travelling on their own meet over three weeks. They plan their own activities with adult leaders to explore issues and form opinions about individual, international and multicultural matters.

international people’s project

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. IPP is for young people aged 19+ and usually lasts two or three weeks.

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