A camp-based programme for 11-year-olds lasting 28 days

The first Village, our original programme, was held in 1951.

CISV Villages are international camps that bring 11 years olds together  to learn from each other and the world around them. The children come together from many different countries to take part in a variety of educational, cultural, and fun activities.

Each Village welcomes delegations from 10-12 countries. Each delegation has two boys and two girls, accompanied by an adult leader. The camp is coordinated by adult staff, supported by Junior Counsellors (age 16-17).

A Village creates a safe, fun setting in which your child will learn, with children from around the world, about each others’ lives and cultures and how to communicate, cooperate, and live together. The Village learning experience, and the friendships they make, will last your child a lifetime.

See  and hear the impact Village had on these children, in their own words. The children in Dear Mom and Dad, a beautiful video filmed and produced by our partner momondo, say it better than we ever could!

Sending your child to a Village?

With over 60 years experience of organizing camps for children, you can be assured of the highest level of supervision and safety for your child. Read more about your child and CISV.

  • Do you want to send your child to a Village? Contact your CISV National Association.
  • Is your child attending a Village or are you hosting a Village? Look in resources for all the forms, documents and information you need.