Village: age 11

Village is a unique four-week international camp that was the original CISV program and is still its flagship. Delegates to this multilingual and multicultural experience participate in a mix of educational, cultural and sporting activities, which emphasize cooperative global and intercultural living.

Age 11
Duration 28 Days
Size of group Delegations from 10 – 12 countries. Each delegation comprises 2 boys and 2 girls with an adult leader (age 21+). The camp is coordinated by an adult staff supported by Junior Counselors (age 16 – 17).

In 2020, the Detroit chapter will four Village delegations to:

Nova Gorica, Slovenia — July 17, 2020 – August 13,  2020
Luneberg, Germany — July 24, 2020 – August 20, 2020
Stockholm, Sweden – June 26, 2020- July 23, 2020



All CISV activities are run at-cost. Here are our 2020 program fees for Village and our other programs, which will be updated soon.  For Village, this fee covers airfare, training for leaders and volunteers, background checks and insurance. Additional expenses not covered by the fee include passports/visas, host family gifts, and general spending money.

Ready to apply?

To apply, go here.

All applicants are required to participate in an overnight CISV activity in the Detroit area. Check the Local page for details about timing and location as they develop.


Going abroad for up to a month is an exciting prospect for the children who will participate – but perhaps a little daunting for parents! We understand.
We know that you want to be sure your child will be looked after and kept safe before, during and after the program.

CISV is committed to ensuring that the safety of each child in our care is paramount. We have been organizing camp-based programs and family-hosted exchanges for more than six decades and child safety and protection remain our highest priorities.

Many of our volunteers are parents themselves who are sending their children to CISV programs in other countries – or may have done so in the past. They share our commitment to, and your concern for, the welfare of your child.

CISV International has comprehensive child protection policy and procedures, which are reviewed and updated regularly. CISV USA also has child protection procedures, which are in line with national legislation and requirements.

All Interchange leaders receive child protection, risk management and leadership training to prepare them to take care of your child.

Our child protection and risk management procedures ensure:

  • All leaders are locally selected and trained to international standard
  • Confidential references are reviewed locally
  • All leaders are carefully screened and police-checked, in line with national procedures and international standards
  • Host families that open their homes to Village delegates for a couple of days also are screened and police-checked and visited at home by CISV members.

Our leaders are supported by our local, regional and international network of experienced Risk Managers. All of our leaders and delegates are required to have insurance and to provide their leader with detailed medical and health information. Medical care is always within easy reach. In the rare event of illness or accident, parents are called at the first opportunity and updated with full information on what steps have been taken to help their child.


If you’re interested in learning more about the Detroit chapter’s Village opportunities, contact Mary Harper at

The photo at the top of this page is of Plaza de Bolivar in Medellin, Colombia, courtesy of Ministerio TIC Colombia.

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