CISV (formerly Children's International Summer Villages) is a global network of volunteers of all ages. We are an independent and non-political organization with chapters in over 200 cities worldwide. CISV’s unique educational programmes bring together young people from different backgrounds, developing cross-cultural knowledge and leadership. By encouraging respect for cultural differences, common values and self-awareness, CISV empowers each participant to incorporate these values into their lives as they become global citizens and strive for a more peaceful world. Young people take an active role in programme planning, developing key leadership and communication skills.
CISV Canada is active from coast to coast! From Victoria to Halifax, CISVers are promoting CISV values in their local communities. Each year, youth and adults from these same communities travel to international CISV programmes around the world. There are as many opportunities for involvement locally as internationally: CISV has a dynamic national network of young people. This group, called the Junior Branch (JB), is dedicated to organising regional and national activities for Canadian youth. Each local CISV chapter has an active group of Junior Branch members, open to anyone who wants to be involved (starting at age 10). JB organizes regular activities, community projects, workshops and mini camps. Completely youth-led, Junior Branch applies the CISV goals to the local community while participants learn and develop leadership.