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  • 2018 Summer Programs

    2018 delegates have been selected! 2019 programs will be announced in October!

    Gulf Coast Village to Norway 2017

    Where we're headed this summer...

    Village, JC, & Leader Info ​

    Village

    Village is the original CISV program consisting of a four-week international camp. Delegates to this multilingual and multicultural experience participate in a mix of educational, cultural and sporting activities, which emphasize cooperative global and intercultural living. Delegations from 10-12 countries are comprised of 2 boys and 2 girls (age 11) with an adult leader. The camp is coordinated by the hosting chapter with an adult staff and supported by Junior Counselors (age 16-17).

    Video: What is Village?

    Village Invitation (age 11)

    Nordsjaelland, DENMARK, July 6-August 2, 2018
    Program # V-2018-014

     

    DELEGATES SELECTED:
    Jack Farrell, Nichols Hills, OK

    Caroline Feeney, Long Beach, MS
    Davis Ormes, Gulfport, MS

    Sophia Ross, Ocean Springs, MS

    Leader: John Lammons, Biloxi, MS
     

    To apply as a delegate: submit a Youth Delegate Application and Supplement for Village Applicants to CISV Gulf Coast, and 2 Youth Delegate Reference Forms (to be submitted directly to CISV Gulf Coast by a teacher or family friend).
    Link to applications (in Word and PDF formats):
    Village Application Docs
     

     

    Junior Counselor Invitation (ages 16-17)
    Male, Vienna, Austria, July 6-August 2, 2018

    Program # V-2018-002

     

    To apply: submit a Leadership Application and two Confidential Reference Forms for CISV Leadership / Staff Position (to be submitted directly to CISV Gulf Coast by a teacher or family friend).

    All JCs are required to attend Local Leader Training and National Leader Training after selection.
    Link to applications (in Word and PDF formats):
    Junior Counselor Application Docs

     

     

    Leader applicants (ages 21 +)

    Delegation leaders must submit to a rigorous interview, as well as a positive review of their background check and references. They will meet with the youth applicants to assure a good match; therefore they must attend scheduled events and meetings as requested by the Selection Committee.


    All leaders are required to attend Local Leader Training in addition to National Leader Training after selection. Leaders are to meet with their delegates and parents multiple times between official selection and departure for the program. All leader training and travel expenses are provided. The only expense to a leader is their passport, personal spending money, and possible travel expenses for delegation meetings (if the leader lives out of the area).
     

    Leader positions (ages 21 +)

    - Village delegation to Nordsjaelland, DENMARK, July 6-August 2, 2018, Program # V-2018-014

    - Step Up for four 14-year-olds Washington, DC, USA, June 29-July 21, 2018, Program # C-2018-043

     

    To apply: submit a Leadership Application, Background Check Questionnaire & Authorization to CISV Gulf Coast, and two Confidential Reference Forms for CISV Leadership / Staff Position (to be submitted directly to CISV Gulf Coast by a teacher or family friend). Please note on the application a first and second choice of program.
    Link to applications (in Word and PDF formats):
    Leader Application Docs

    Selected leaders are required to attend Local Leadership Training and one of the National Leadership Trainings (see 2018 Calendar below).

    Gulf Coast to Step Up France 2017

    Programs for ages 14 & up

    Fortnight, Youth Meeting, Step Up, & Seminar ​Info

    NEW! Fortnight (ages 16-18)

    This 14 day domestic camp will have one delegate from each of the 25 USA CISV chapters. This camp reinforces the core CISV values and builds leadership and organizational skills.

     

    2018 Fortnight Invitation
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 15-29, 2018

     

    To apply as a delegate: Coming soon!


    DELEGATE SELECTED:
    Isabella Scardino, Kiln, MS

     

    Step Up (age 14)

    This 23-day camp encourages participants to take responsibility for leadership and program planning. Each camp focuses on a specific educational theme. Participants work together planning activities and discussions building on a chosen theme.

    Delegations from 6-9 countries are comprised of 2 boys, 2 girls and an adult leader (age 21+). The camp is coordinated by the hosting chapter and an adult staff.
    Video:
    What is Step Up?

     

    2018 Step Up Invitation
    Washington, DC, USA, June 29-July 21, 2018 for four 14-year-olds
    Program # C-2018-043

     

    To apply: submit a Youth Delegate Application to CISV Gulf Coast, and 2 Youth Delegate Reference Forms (to be submitted directly to CISV Gulf Coast by a teacher or family friend). Link to applications (in Word and PDF formats): Step Up Application Docs

     

     

    Youth Meeting (ages 16-18)

    This 8 day themed camp allows participants to explore intercultural issues. This camp reinforces the core CISV values and builds leadership and organizational skills.

     

    Youth Meeting Invitation
    Not available for 2018

     

    To apply as a delegate: submit a Youth Delegate Application to CISV Gulf Coast, and 2 Youth Delegate Reference Forms (to be submitted directly to CISV Gulf Coast from the referee). Link to applications (in Word and PDF formats): Youth Meeting Application Docs

     

     

    Seminar Camp

    This personally challenging, intensive program is facilitated by the 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 for its peaceful survival.

     

    Seminar Camp Invitation (ages 17-18)
    Not available for 2018

     

    To apply: submit a Youth Delegate Application to CISV Gulf Coast, and 2 Youth Delegate Reference Forms (to be submitted directly to CISV Gulf Coast by a teacher or family friend). Link to applications (in Word and PDF formats): Seminar Application Docs

     

    How to submit application and references for all programs:

    Application documents can be emailed to gulfcoast@us.cisv.org or mailed to CISV Gulf Coast, Attn: Collette Field, 2599 Santa Rosa Cove, Biloxi, MS 39531
    Please give the person filling out your reference form a stamped envelope with the above address to mail your reference form to the chapter

    Preferred deadline is December 31, 2017. After that date, please contact us to see if we are still taking applications for the program you are interested in.

  • THE MISSION

    We’re for the most adventurous people in the world.

    Since we were founded, many passionate CISV volunteers have established CISV National Associations and Chapters around the world. Today we have a presence in over 60 different countries worldwide. Find out where .

    If you wish to take part in a CISV activity as a participant, volunteer or donate to CISV's work here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, USA, contact us today!

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  • 2018 Calendar

    May 4-6, 2018 National Leadership Training for Leaders, Junior Counselors, Local Chapter Leader Roles Location: Washington, D.C.

    May 25-28, 2018 National Mini Camp Location: Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania ​
    June 1-3, 2018 National Leadership Training for Leaders, Junior Counselors, Local Chapter Leader Roles Location: Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania

  • FAQ

    What is CISV? Building Global Friendship

    Who We Are

    We are a global community of dedicated volunteers, creating opportunities for all ages to experience the excitement and enrichment of cultural diversity through our educational programs. We are founded on our belief that peace is possible through friendship - and that the real difference can be made by starting with children.

     

    Our values

    • Friendship

    • Inclusiveness

    • Enthusiasm

    • Engagement

    • Cooperation

    CISV is a charitable, independent, non-political, volunteer organization promoting peace education and cross-cultural friendship.

    What We Do
    CISV provides a range of unique, educational group activities, which develop cross-cultural understanding in children, youth and adults from around the world. By encouraging respect for cultural differences and the development of self-awareness, CISV empowers each participant to incorporate these values into their lives as they become global citizens and strive for a more peaceful world.

     

    Our work focuses on the following key areas:

    1. We provide opportunities for individuals to learn by experience to live amicably with others irrespective of cultural background.
    2. We contribute through research to a science of international relations and non-violent conflict resolution.
    3. We cooperate with other organizations having similar purposes.
    4. We inspire people of all ages to strive for a more just and peaceful world.

    Our History

    "We must start with the children." ~ Dr. Doris Allen, founder

    Following the devastation of World War II, many people were focusing on initiatives to build and maintain peace. One particular idea caught the attention of child psychologist, Dr. Doris Allen. It was a proposal for a UNESCO peace education institute for postgraduates from many disciplines. The idea for Children's International Summer Villages (today known as CISV International) was conceived by Dr. Allen in 1946. As a specialist in growth and development, Dr. Allen, could not agree that the focus for peace education should be in the field of adult learning. She firmly believed that the ultimate source for peace, long range, lay with the children.

    From this conviction came her vision of bringing together children from all over the globe to learn to respect different and common values. In 1951, she realised her dream when delegates from eight countries gathered in Cincinnati, USA for the first Children's International Summer Village (CISV). Over the decades, the organization grew in numbers, countries and activities. In 1979, Doris Allen was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize - the recipient that year was Mother Teresa.

    Over 50 years after the first Village, this programme remains the cornerstone of our international educational activities. CISV's range of programmes has increased from one to six different types of international activities and from one village to around 180 international programmes a year.

    Today CISV operates in over 60 countries and since 1951, more than 190,000 people have participated in more than 5000 international activities.

    For more information on CISV USA, visit the website www.cisvusa.org.

    CISV Gulf Coast Chapter

    Founded in 1963

    The CISV Gulf Coast Chapter was started in 1963 and has hosted an Children's International Summer Village for 11 year olds every three years. That's almost 1,000 children that have some to the Coast to learn about cultures from a round the world.

    The Gulf Coast Chapter has sent over 1,000 area children to international camps and interchanges in Europe, Asia, Central and South America.