Two-way family exchange program for ages 12-13; each phase lasts between 14 days
The first Interchange was held in 1961 to 1981. 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 during the exchange, such as a mini-camp, are a vital complement to the in-depth family experience.
Interchange takes place in two ‘phases’ – you and your family host your child’s partner delegate from another country in your home for 14 days. Then in return your child will be hosted in their partner’s home for 14 days. Interchange exchanges give your whole family the chance to experience another culture and make new friends and to be part of your local CISV community.
Hosting Phase: June 27 – July 11
Travel Phase: July 13- July 27
Take a Peek at Interchange
An experience for your whole family
An Interchange involves not just your child but the whole family. As part of your child’s Interchange, you will host a child from another country in your home and get involved with local CISV social and educational activities. CISV offers your family a taste of the CISV experience along with dedicated support and advice.
Want to know approximate costs?
Interchange (12-13) – INTERNATIONAL
- $1,335 fee (includes National. International and Local fees, training for leaders and volunteers, CISV two year family membership, background checks, insurance, administrative costs, and 2 tickets to annual fundraising gala.)
Additional expenses include:
- Airfare for the delegate- varies
- Airfare for the leader- split between 6 delegate families
- Spending money, Refundable emergency money
- Host family gift, portion of National night supplies, delegation booklet, trading items, goodie bags.
- Passport, Visa (as required)
- Miscellaneous hosting costs (host family covers expenses for local activities/excursions for your child and guest, etc.)
Applying to be an Interchange Youth Delegate and need to find application material?
- Click here for the Interchange Packet – must be age 12-13 (depending on age of your Interchange) between Jun 1 & Aug 31 of program year
CISV Travel Policy
- Section 1 – Village, Step Up, Youth Meeting, and Interchange delegations shall travel to and from the site of the approved CISV activity as a group. Travel shall be direct and continuous to and from the CISV activity site. No side trips shall be permitted. No layover in excess of 24 hours shall be permitted unless common carrier schedules require otherwise. Delegation itineraries must be approved by the local Chapter.
- Section 2 – Penalties-Violations of Section 1 will result in action against the Chapter or Steering Committee pursuant to the complaint procedure (83-BOT-2) of CISV, Inc.
- Section 3 – Individual travel (as in the case of Junior Counselors, individual Youth Meeting, or Seminar Camp participants) other than to and from the site of an approved CISV activity shall be deemed non-CISV travel. CISV assumes no responsibility or liability for an individual while on side trip or layover in excess of 24 hours.
Parent Resources – Post-Selection
- Hosting an Interchange for Families and Participants
- Parent Guide – Interchange
Interchange Leader Resources – Post-Selection
- Leaders in an Interchange
- Travel Information Form – TIF
What to do before Interchange?
- Meet with Interchange delegation at least four times (2 day & 2 overnight) to prepare.
- Get involved with the Junior Branch.
- Attend Chapter Development Workshop in March (optional).
- Attend National Mini Camp – Memorial Day Weekend (optional).
What to do after Interchange?
- Get Interchange delegation together within one to two weeks of return.
- Attend Welcome Back Party in August.
- Attend Regional Mini Camp in September – Labor Day Weekend.
- Attend CISV Motion Conference in October.
- Stay involved with the Junior Branch.
- Parent(s) and Adult Leaders-Staff volunteer for a Board, Chair, or Committee position.