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Learning By Doing

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 seven international camp-based, family exchange and local community programmes. 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. The glue that underpins all of our programs is friendship, in line with our founding belief that peace is possible through friendship and mutual understanding.

Conventional education focuses on knowledge and sometimes on skills. However, at CISV we believe that the most effective learning takes place when we have engaging first-hand experiences.


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Our Educational Approach uses experiential methods to develop intercultural competence. This requires a focus on:

  • Developing awareness
  • Fostering positive attitudes
  • Increasing skills
  • Acquiring knowledge

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Our Educational Principles

  • We appreciate the similarities between people and value their differences.
  • We support social justive and equality of opportunity for all.
  • We encourage the resolution of conflict through peaceful means.
  • We support the creation of sustainable solutions to problems relating to our educational impact upon each other and the natural environment.

For in-depth information on our educational approach, please take a look at CISV’s Educational Principles.  At CISV we believe in building global friendship, starting with children. But that’s not where it stops. While the Village programme, for 11 year olds, is the cornerstone of our educational philosophy, it’s just the first building block. We also offer a range of multicultural experiences to youth and adults, providing the opportunity to experience the CISV philosophy and live our values.


CISV educates and inspires action for a more just and peaceful world