Every International Peoples Project (IPP) is different. Project themes are developed by responding to an identified need within a community, and run in partnership with a local organization.
Participants in this IPP will learn how to constructively engage in ongoing projects led by a local NGO while developing public environmental awareness and education tools. Participants will also learn about life below water in the Red Sea, responsible consumption, and the inner workings of an institution lobbying to protect our environment. The IPP Staff hope that the attitudes, skills, and knowledge learned will be applied in the participants’ own communities after completion of the project.
India. 27 December 2018 to 9 January to 2019.
This IPP will explore how sports can be used as a tool for both individual and group development.
In India, sport is not valued as much as many other countries. However, it has huge potential to improve health, well-being and both personal and community development.
Participants will help build or renovate a sport infrastructure for the use of an underprivileged community, whilst learning about the challenges faced in accessing sports facilities and quality educational programs. The participants will also lead activities, games and sports sessions with children from the partner school. They will share practices and educational materials with local teachers, as well as discover Indian sports among the children.
The IPP will work with Nehru Education Society (NES). It is an educational institution teaching 300 children from Grades 7-12th. Do not have any sports development due to lack of equipment and teaching skills.
CISV's approach to building global friendship and living together will be used to highlight the opportunity for sports and games to contribute to social inclusion.
(Hosted by CISV India and CISV France)
Participants should ideally:
Contact your nearest CISV National Association and register your interest for IPP P-2018-006 India
Myanmar. 22 December 2018 to 4 January to 2019.
In this IPP will learn about the different cultures and conflicts existing within Myanmar, a country with over 135 ethnic groups, and reflect on how differences and conflicts can be overcome.
Organizing a camp for children from different ethnic backgrounds, participants will establish a camp in which the differences are less important than the bonds everyone can make with each other. Participants will also visit a local orphanage that has many different ethnic groups’ orphans, from different backgrounds and speaking different languages. Communication problems between the children can make it difficult to establish trusting relationships. Participants and children from the camp will plan activities to help build trust.p>
The Khayay School is a leader in cultural empathy education through their multilingual curriculum, bridging students, families and faculties from different backgrounds to create a holistic learning environment.
Any successful outcomes will be used to offer hope during the Rohingya crisis.
(Hosted by CISV Myanmar and CISV Japan)
Participants should ideally:
Contact your nearest CISV National Association and register your interest for IPP P-2018-007 Myanmar
Participants in this IPP will consider how to create a space or community with a high feeling of safety. In cooperation with a partner organization specialising in youth development and empowerment, participants will create a short term project demonstrating that a small actions can make a great impact. The participants will work closely with local youths to create a cultural exhibition about the theme of safety.
Fryshuset, the IPP partner, works to enable young people to change the world through their passions. They listen to, work and build relationships with young people and together create venues where young people can be seen, heard and counted.
Together with the partner, participants will explore and problematize the themes of safety in the immediate physical environment. Through activities and examples brought from their own countries, workshops with local organisations in the society, and other activities relating to the theme of safety, they will develop their understanding of how safety can be perceived differently and can be created through different means.
Prague, Czech Republic. 13 to 27 July 2019.
This IPP follows the success of the 2017’s ‘Inclusive Communities’, where participants and residents alike reported the experience as being an eye-opening and transforming moment of their life.
Participants will join residents living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in their daily routines and enable them to participate in cultural activities. By helping provide social and intellectual stimulation, and bridging the gap between patients’ needs and physical abilities, participants will seek to support and inspire residents as they deal with the challenges of their condition while living full and meaningful lives.
In many cultures and communities, we still experience discrimination of people with disability, especially when they get older. Working with people from different cultures as well as disability and different age groups will encourage participants to enhance their diversity competence and communication skills. By sharing of experiences from different countries, participants as well as patients will gain more knowledge and perspectives.
Participants should ideally:
Contact your nearest CISV National Association and register your interest for IPP P-2019-001 Czech Republic
Lisbon, Portugal. 26 July to 11 August 2019.
This IPP will work with two groups that are different in age, background and points of views. Participants will run interactive activities with refugee youth and Portuguese elders, helping to foster their sense of community and empower them into action. Participants will help enable the two communities to share experiences, forge relationships and create something new together. Although very different, the two groups can complement and have a positive impact on each other. The youth can bring the energy, whilst the elders have the roots and sense of belonging. By sharing CISVs approach to learning with both partner organizations staff, they hope to inspire and enable similar initiatives in the future.
Casa de Acolhimento para Crianças Refugiadas (CACR) is affiliated with the Portuguese Refugee Council, and works with youth refugees (0-18 years) seeking asylum in Portugal. The work they do with these refugees is based on providing shelter while attempting to create a family environment. Integration into Portuguese society is promoted by enrolling the refugees in the public school system and community based activities.
Centro Popular D’Espie Miranda (CPEM) is a non-profit organization providing support to the elder citizens. This is translated into providing services of healthcare, housing, psyco-social support and promoting social-cultural activities. Their dedicated professional team works to provide a healthy ageing environment.
Participants will explore the themes of ageing populations and conflict induced population displacement. They will be exposed to and interact with different realities, backgrounds and languages.
This IPP builds on work started in a 2018 through a local Mosaic project, "Age it’s just a number".
Participants should ideally:
Contact your nearest CISV National Association and register your interest for IPP P-2019-004 Portugal
Torino, Italy. 4 to 18 August 2019.
Participants in this IPP will work on a farm that has been confiscated from a mafia family, and given to a community cooperative, restoring it to public use.
Through activities prepared by the partner organization, and visits to other local projects, participants will learn about how the modern white collar mafia works, and their place in a global network that is far from the old stereotype of the Italian godfather. Thriving in an unequal society, with interests in human trafficking and drugs, the mafia distorts the economic world, steal community resources and corrupting democracy.
Libera (“Associations, names and numbers against mafias”), the partner organization, is a network of organizations committed to educating and encouraging civil society in the fight against organized crime and the promotion of law and justice.
By visiting local projects, as well as sharing projects that are present in their countries to fight the local "mafias”, participants will be able to explore not only the problems, but also best practices around the peaceful fight of corruption.
This IPP follows on from 2015’s “Freedom from all forms of the Mafia”, and 2017’s “Free Fields : A Focus on Equality and Democracy”.
Participants should ideally:
Contact your nearest CISV National Association and register your interest for IPP P-2019-002 Italy
Through exploring the life after the Fukushima nuclear accident, this IPP will look at different stories—local and global life stories, stories of survival, post-disaster narratives, media rumours—in order to understand stigma and its challenges, as well as inspire actions for a more sustainable future.
IPP participants will learn about the impact of the Fukushima nuclear accident in the community of Iitate village, the decontamination processes, rebuilding strategies and more importantly, the particular experiences of its residents. Participants will also learn from each other about stigma and post-disaster narratives from a global perspective. Participants will think about what kind of actions they can do together for the community, and implement them.
The IPP will partner with “Fukushima Saisei No Kai” and “Sekiguchi Global Research Association.”
Fukushima Saisei No Kai (“Resurrection of Fukushima”) aims to rebuild lives and reconstruct agriculture centred industries that have been affected by the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011. They have been working towards the revitalization of Iitate village since 2012 through collaborations between villagers, experts from universities and research institutes and local government representatives.
SGRA (Sekiguchi Global Research Association, pronounced as “SEGRA”) aims to contribute to good global citizenship under the principle of harmony in diversity. SGRA has been organizing a study tour to Iitate village every year since the autumn of 2012, hosting workshops and forums based on the outcomes of these study tours. Some of the members will join this IPP as translators as well as facilitators.
Thinking about the environmental and social wellbeing of Iitate village, participants will listen to volunteers and experts from the partner organizations, and visit the village to support some of the residents’ daily activities (gardening, farming, etc.). Participants will be able to meet (and possibly stay with) local residents, getting to know each other and sharing personal stories with each other.
By going to this village, and having a first-hand experience about their life style and current challenges, we hope to reduce stigmatization, overcome prejudice, and raise awareness about social and environmental issues in relation to nuclear power.
The IPP will inspire participants to take concrete actions as they will be given the chance to think about what they can do together based on their experience. For example, they may document this experience and spread the word to the world, or they may come up with new ways to transmit their acquired knowledge. At the end of the IPP, we will host an open “presentation day” in Iitate village, so that participants can share their outcome with the community.