About Interchange

While based on the same educational principles as CISV’s camp-based programs, Interchange encourages a deeper encounter between two cultures by placing young people within families. Group activities such as a mini-camp are vital in complementing the intense in-depth family experience. Interchange takes place in two phases with one delegation visiting another country and then reciprocating. This can be a profound intercultural experience for the youth participant and the whole family.

Summer 2018 – Brazil (Sao Paulo) – dates TBD

For more information, contact Program Chair: interchangeNY@cisvusa.org.

Interchange is the only CISV program that is family-centered and allows for total immersion of the youth participant into a family’s social and cultural life. This is achieved by living in a host partner’s home and becoming part of the family.

Interchange is for our youth who are ready to begin exploring cross cultural communication.

Total cultural immersion allows participants to gain new insight into human similarities and gain interdependence. In addition, Interchanges provide the greatest opportunity to share the lessons that CISV has to offer as families are directly involved in all phases of the program.

Parents are an integral part of the Interchange. Parents, along with their children & leaders, plan the Interchange experience and are actively involved in the hosting of their child’s partner. A close planning interaction between parents & youth often allows the parent and the youth to re-discover each other. Here are some of the comments received from families:

  • an incredible life enriching experience
  • parents allowed themselves plenty of time to get to know me
  • sharing experiences, discussing problems & coming to an understanding
  • CISV has developed good qualities in my child
  • the most amazing experience of my son’s life
  • our family has given our children roots, and CISV gives them wings

The leader of the Interchange delegation is the catalyst for the delegation’s bonding together into a cohesive group of friends with a common purpose – educational fun & friendship. Leaders are carefully selected and comprehensively trained adults who demonstrate a love of working with children, a belief in the ideals of CISV, and the flexibility and maturity necessary to lead a delegation of energetic young people. CISV volunteer leaders include teachers, parents, business & professionals, and graduate students.

In past years, the New York chapter has participated in Interchanges with The Czech Republic, Norway, and Germany.