Jacksonville Village Summer 2015

It takes a VILLAGE to host a VILLAGE

In summer 2015, CISV Jacksonville will welcome some 72 international visitors from 12 different countries to Northeast Florida to participate in a unique and amazing summer experience, a CISV Village.

These young people will develop cultural awareness, understanding and global friendships which will enable them to make a long-lasting positive impact on our world.

Before they arrive there is much to prepare. Hosting a CISV program in our community is a privilege. Not only are we creating an impactful experience for the youth attending our camp, but we are also creating the opportunity for young people from the Jacksonville area to be invited to travel throughout the world for years to come. For security reasons, we do not publicly disclose the location of the Village.

Jacksonville’s first Village was held in 1978 at the Bartram School campus. Delegates to that Village are now nearly 50 years old! And believe it or not, we’re still in touch with some of them who still cherish their time in our area. View a video from the first Village in Jacksonville. Since then, multiple Villages have been held in Jacksonville thanks to the dedication of CISV volunteers through the years.

Our Villagers have a very unique and special experience awaiting them…we want to make sure they love our area and want to come back for another visit! We need your help. Please consider:

Volunteering for one or more of the committees. Detailed guidance and assistance will be provided to each of the committee volunteers.

Becoming a “50 for Peace” partner or Donating an In-Kind Item

About CISV Jacksonville
CISV Jacksonville was founded in 1976; one of 21 CISV chapters in the US (only chapter in Florida); 
the US is among 70 participating countries. Click here to download 2015 fact sheet.

Primary programs include:
Village: Four-week international camp for 11-year-olds.
Interchange: Family-centered exchange between two international chapters (12-13 and 14-15 year olds).
Step-Up: Three-week international camp for 14-15 year-olds.
Youth Meeting: Short camps featuring themes for youth to explore intercultural issues (ages vary).
FACES of Jacksonville: Replicates CISV Village atmosphere. Delegations from the Jacksonville area promote cultural understanding and develop city leaders. 2015 will be the 12th anniversary.
Junior Branch: CISVers between the ages of 11 – 25 develop intercultural and leadership skills by organizing monthly educational activities (extends reach to local children who do not travel).

In addition to local programs, in 2015 CISV Jacksonville will send more than 40 representatives to more than 10 countries (and multiple US states), including:
Villages in Norway, Turkey and Italy
Interchanges to Austria and Norway
Youth Meetings in Denver, CO, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland
Step-Up Camps in Colombia and Germany
Seminar Camps in Vancouver, CA and El Salvador

View info from 2014 Villages:
2014 Dallas: Read blog & View powerpoint
2014 Denmark: Read blog (password: roskilde2014)
2014 Village Video Cincinnati
2014 Village Video Sweden

Read more about the history of CISV Villages in Jacksonville.

Read more info on hosting a Village.

Questions? Please e-mail us. We are happy to help.