About us

CISV encourages and inspires people to contribute to social justice and world peace. CISV experiences help to develop a worldview and life philosophy which invites us people to stand up for peace.

What is CISV?

CISV is a global organization dedicated to educating and inspiring peace through building inter-cultural friendship, cooperation and understanding. Founded in 1950, we are an organization of 69 Member Associations with over 200 Chapters or local groups. In over 60 years we have given countless children and young people the experience of their lives and the opportunity to build lasting friendships through our international educational programs.

Our innovative, fun, non-formal peace education ‘learning by doing’ programs begin with our original and unique Village program for 11-year-olds. We offer an exciting blend of international camp-based, family exchange and local community programs. We aim to help our participants develop the skills they need to become informed, responsible and active global citizens and make a difference in their communities and the world. At the heart of all of our programs is friendship, in line with our founding belief that peace is possible through friendship and mutual understanding.

Objectives of CISV

  • Recognize self-worth
  • Advocate your beliefs
  • Make a positive change in society
  • Recognize global relationships
  • Promote non-violent situations
  • Achieve peace in the world through friendship and understanding
International Programs Worldwide per Year
Annual Participants