CISV is a global, volunteer-led organization committed to working for a more just and peaceful world. We do this through building friendship and a commitment to local and global community service in our participants.
Every year, our dedicated and passionate volunteers of all ages give their expertise, skills, life experience, energy, and time to run our Chapters, programmes, and Junior Branches. Our volunteers are also involved at every level of CISV International, offering leadership and support to our network of volunteers worldwide.
Whether you’re 16 or 60, you can offer an hour or two every month or a more regular commitment. There are many exciting and flexible ways for you to get involved with CISV.
Our activities and programmes simply could not happen without our thousands of committed volunteers around the world. Come and join us!
Our Junior Counsellors (JCs) lead our younger participants in their daily adventures at our residential camps. They play an important role in helping their group of participants become a team and make sure that each day is exciting, educational and safe. JCs get valuable training before the camp and ongoing support and training throughout the camp from the Programme Directors and their staff.
Being a JC is a great first time 'employment' opportunity, where you get to take responsibility and develop your leadership, teamworking, and other personal skills.
As a CISV JC, you will interact with children and young teens, help with activities and serve as leaders in maintaining the CISV camp spirit and motivation. As the right-hand-person of an adult staff, you will often assist them in running activities, lead kitchen duties, and take part in daily flag ceremonies and other routines. Most importantly, you will serve as a role model for our young participants.
How to apply
Visit the website of the CISV National Association in your country. Many of them give details of JC opportunities.
Lead a delegation or staff a camp
Take a delegation of children to a camp or help staff a camp, and you’ll not only help enrich their lives, but your own as well! By the end of the camp you will have met many exciting CISV volunteers and children from around the world, and made friendships for life.
You will be part of a team of committed, like-minded volunteers working to create an unforgettable experience for the children or young people in your care. You will have the support and leadership of our highly experienced staff. You will help children and young people develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they need to take a positive, active role in their local and global community. You will guide them as they build friendships, have fun, and learn from you and each other.
You are aged 21 or over and have a positive and open attitude towards cultures other than your own. You know that learning is a life-long process and that you can gain as much from the CISV experience as our programme participants. You share our belief that we can all play our part in making the world a better place. You will be free to travel and able to commit to 2 to 4 weeks in a residential camp and the essential training and preparation needed beforehand.
We offer you
Full training and support, a fun, supportive, inter-cultural environment, and the opportunity to enhance your CV and develop your personal skills.
CISV Chapters are the hub of CISV and are run entirely by dedicated volunteers. Our Chapters organize and run our local and international programmes, run local activities, and recruit new members.
Our Chapters are always pleased to welcome new volunteers to help with their regular work – fundraising, marketing, keeping the accounts, training, recruitment. Whatever skills and interest you have and however much time you are able to offer, your local Chapter will be interested in hearing from you!
To get in touch with your nearest CISV Chapter, find a CISV Chapter near you and get their contact details from the CISV National Association in your country.
CISV’s Junior Branch members (JBers) are young local CISVers, who develop their intercultural and leadership skills through organizing and taking part in educational and social activities. JBers also often take an active role in the administrative responsibilities of their Chapters. Through their national and international network, JBers organize their own regional and international activities and events on a wide variety of themes, such as social justice and the environment.
Whether or not you have ever taken part in a CISV programme or activity, or simply come across this page, you are very welcome to take part in a Junior Branch.
To find your nearest Junior Branch, contact your regional team, who will help you contact your local Junior Branch: