2014: A Summer to Remember


Around the World with CISV Jacksonville

Organization Completes Summer 2014 Programs; Plans for 2015

Jacksonville, FL (August 28, 2014)— As a new school year begins, nearly 50 children across the First Coast have a cultural experience to report, along with new friends from all over the world. These 11 to 18 year-olds (and their adult leaders) traveled to more than 10 countries (and five US states), representing Jacksonville and the US at a variety of CISV programs.

The programs included:

Village to Dallas (four 11 year-olds plus leader)

Village to Denmark (four 11 year-olds plus leader)

Interchange with Italy (eight 12-13 year-olds plus two leaders)

Youth Meeting to Switzerland (six 12-13 year-olds plus leader)

Step-Up to Brandywine Valley, PA (four 14-15 year-olds plus leader)

Step-Up to Costa Rica (four 14-15 year-olds plus leader)

Step-Up to Costa Rica Sweden (four 14-15 year-olds plus leader)

Junior Counselors to Villages in Detroit and Norway (two 16 year-olds)

• Chapter Shares to Miami County, Ohio & Mexico (two 16 year-olds)

• International People’s Project to Brazil (one 18 year old)

• Staffers to Youth Meeting in Tennessee) and Village in NE Ohio (three adults)

Junior Branch (JB) representatives in leadership roles around the world (several 18+ year olds)

For more details about each program visit: www.cisvjax.org/2014review.

In addition to travel programs in summer 2014, local initiatives included FACES of Jacksonville (a local version of an International Village program), which celebrated its 11th anniversary and a National Youth Committee meeting, which brought Junior Branch (JB) leaders from all over the US to Jacksonville.

Programs for summer 2015 will be announced at information sessions across the city starting in October. Session dates and locations can be found at: www.cisvjax.org/infosessions.

About CISV Jacksonville
CISV Jacksonville (founded 1976) helps participants develop skills to become informed, responsible and active global citizens. With seven international programs starting at age 11, and a variety of local programs, including FACES of Jacksonville (bringing together 11 year-olds from across diverse Jacksonville backgrounds) and Junior Branch. CISV Jacksonville is one of 21 CISV chapters in the US (the only one in Florida) and one of 70 chapters around the world. More info: www.cisvjax.org.

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Buy Int’l Gala tickets before 9/15 & be Entered to Win an iPad

Our International Gala is coming up soon, hopefully you received your “Save the Date” in the mail. The gala will be a great time and will support Village 2015 here in Jacksonville. Buy your tickets before Sept. 15 and be entered into a drawing for an iPad.

Click here to buy online or see where to mail your check.

Look forward to seeing you then!



Re-Entry Overnight/Parent De-Brief Event

Remember the Re-Entry Overnight/Parent De-Brief Meeting this Friday Aug. 15.  

If you haven’t already, please take five minutes to fill out this quick survey and sign up to bring a snack or drink.

At least one parent needs to attend for each traveling delegate from 7-9pm. We will have de-brief time with your delegation plus project team meetings. See you there for a time of reflecting on what we’ve experienced this summer and planning for even more success.

Also we will hold our board election at the Parent De-Brief. To view the proposed slate, click here. 

Please e-mail us with any questions about the Re-Entry.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sweden Step-Up Photos & Videos

Welcome home to the Sweden Step-Up delegation! 

Sweden Step-Up homecoming
The theme of the camp in Gothenburg, Sweden was “Come Together,” a reflection on the idea of solidarity. Participants invested much of their time creating and facilitating activities related to this theme. Our delegation was joined by delegations from Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Colombia, Georgia, Philippines, Portugal, and Sweden. 
Here are two fun videos:
And one from local Impact Day here (password : CiSV2014), where the delegates spent a day giving out free hugs and passing on acts of kindness.

Sweden Step-Up

New friends from around the world

sweden step up
Sweden delegation ready for their long flight

Sweden at host family 2

Being well taken care of by their host family
Caroline Taylor holds a sign encouraging strangers to “pass on” good deeds. 
Our delegation at “Solidarity” Step-Up in Gothenburg, Sweden have made friends from around the world. The first excursion in Sweden was a shopping day.
Thank you to the Sweden delegation for representing Jacksonville and the US so well!
Read more about Step-Up camp.