Because Interchange does not take place in a camp setting but in delegates’ homes, the Interchange application process involves more steps than applying to other CISV programs:
* Fill out the Interchange Information Form using a computer so your writing is easier to read. Here is the Interchange info form as a pdf. Here is the Interchange Information Form as a Word file, which may be easier to use if you don’t have a pdf editor installed on your computer.
* Ask two people to complete the same delegate reference form that the other programs use: cisv youth delegate reference form
* Ask one person who knows your family well to complete this family reference form: cisv family reference form.
* Ask every person 18 or older who lives in your house or will regularly supervise the Interchange applicant and his or her Interchange partner to complete this background check form: background form for everyone over 18. Minor legal or driving violations in a guardian’s record will not affect an Interchange delegates’ application.
All Interchange application materials should be sent to Emily Summerfield, email@example.com or 764 Pemberton Rd. Grosse Pointe Park 48230. It’s ideal if reference forms are sent directly by the person filling them out.
Overnight CISV experience
In addition, all applicants are required to attend an overnight Selection Minicamp organized by CISV Detroit. We will be posting our dates and locations for overnight experiences soon.
Mini-camp is an opportunity to taste CISV life and share your ideas about what’s fun and important to you. It’s also a chance for all applicants to meet one another and have fun with other CISV youth.
- Sleeping bag, pillow, overnight bag
- $15 with you to cover costs for mini-camp food and supplies
- completed application forms, if possible
- your enthusiasm
- IDEAS for an activity (Team building, communication, energizers, etc.). You will be placed into groups/partners to plan an activity for all participants.
How are delegates selected?
After an Interchange applicant turns in the required forms, a CISV Detroit member with Interchange experience will schedule a time to tour the applicant’s home and answer questions. It’s ideal if all people who live in the house can be present.
During these home visits, the experienced CISV members will review several documents, including:
* our chapter’s Interchange communication policy, which the applicant and parents will be asked to sign
* CISV USA’s sexual abuse prevention policy, which anyone over 18 in the household will be asked to sign
* the Interchange Parent Guide.
In addition, opportunities to volunteer for our chapter will be discussed.
While home visits are being scheduled and background checks are being performed, our chapter’s Interchange coordinators will be negotiating with their counterparts in our Interchange partner chapter. They will reach agreement on the number and gender of the delegates who will participate in the Interchange.
Selection of our delegates is based on a number of factors, including:
* the Interchange Information Form, references and background checks
* observation of the applicant during a chapter overnight activity, such as a mini-camp
* conversations with the applicant and his or her family before and during the home visit
* willingness of the applicant and family to volunteer in support of CISV
* applicant’s age (is the applicant young enough to have another shot at Interchange next year?)
* compatibility with delegates from the partner chapter
If you have questions about Interchange, please contact Emily Summerfield at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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