AL – Adult Legal Form
Allen, Doris – Psychologist at the University of Cincinnati. Founded CISV in 1950
ARC – Americas Regional Conference
ARM – Americas Regional Meeting
chapter – Local CISV club or association. Canada currently has 10 Chapters.
CIM – CISV In Motion Conference – CISV USA’s annual conference held in October. Where CISV USA’s annual Football Pool occurs. Up until 2017 was always held in Cincinnati: 2018 Detroit and 2019 Atlanta. Formerly NBM (National Board Meeting).
CISV – formerly Children’s International Summer Villages. Rebranded to CISV.
CISV Song –
conflict – n. 1. armed fighting, a war || a struggle between opposing principles or aims || a clash of feelings or interests || such a clash as a source of dramatic actions 2. v.i. to be at variance, clash || to struggle, contend
Cookie-a-thon – CISV Waterloo’s annual major fundraising project. An overnight event of games, activities, and baking cookies. Cookies are then donated to local charities.
CTAL – Child Traveling Alone Legal Form
CTLL – Child Traveling with Leader Legal Form
culture – n. the training and development of the mind || the refinement of taste and manners acquired by such training || the social and religious structures and intellectual and artistic manifestations etc. that characterize a society
culture shock – the traumatic effect of disorientation caused by a major change in milieu experienced by new inhabitants (e.g. by Peace Corps, personnel, refugees, missionaries) and sometimes by their hosts (via an invasion)
CYMT – Committee Youth Meeting Trustee (plans & runs Youth Board Meeting at the USA National Board Meeting)
CYT – Committee Youth Trustee (represents the Youth in the Adult Board of Trustees Meeting at the USA National Board Meeting)
CYTE – Committee Youth Trustee Elect (shadows the Committee Youth Trustee to learn how to represent the Youth in the Adult Board of Trustees Meeting at the USA National Board Meeting)
DIF – Delegation Information Form
freedom – n. enjoyment of personal liberty, of not being a slave nor a prisoner || the enjoyment of civil rights (freedom of speech, freedom of assembly etc.) generally associated with constitutional government || the state of not being subject to determining forces || liberty in acting and choosing || immunity to or release from obligations, undesirable states of being etc., freedom from taxation, freedom from fear ||
Football Pool – The procedure used for the distribution of international program invitations
Global Conference – First held in 2015, the annual meeting and conference of CISV Chapter representatives held every three years in August. Participants attend from all CISV nations. Formerly IBM (International Board Meeting) and AIM (Annual International Meeting).
HF – Health Form
Host Staff – Adults over the age of 21 years placed in the Village by the Hosting Chapter to direct, guide, facilitate, and administer the Village Program
IC – see Interchange
IJR – International Junior Representatives. International Junior Branch Board Members elected by CISV Junior Branch members worldwide.
Info File – Official record of all CISV International rules, policies, guides, job descriptions, and minutes
Interchange – (IC). An exchange program between two countries for the youth at the age of 12 to 15. The size of the delegation is six to ten people. The delegation will travel to the destination country and will live together with local CISV-families. A visit will last two (both visits will be made in one summer) or four weeks (one visit per year; the program will last two years). After this the delegation will return and bring a delegation from destination country.
IO – International Office in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
IPIF – Individual Participant Information Form
IPP – International Peoples Project
JB – see Junior Branch
JC – see Junior Counselor
Junior Branch – (JB), local program for young people between the ages of 10-25
Junior Counselor – (JC), one of six 16-17 year old leaders in a village
justice – n. behaviour to oneself or to another which is strictly in accord with currently accepted ethical law or as decreed by legal authority ||
Kiitos Song –
Leader – an adult over the age of 21 responsible for the preparation and safety of the delegates, the content and evaluation of the program
LIC – Local Interchange Coordinator / Chair / Committee
LJR – see Local Junior Representative
LLT – Local Leadership Trainer / Training
LMO – Like-Minded Organizations (international, regional, national groups with purposes similar to CISV)
Local Junior Representative – (LJR),
LT – Leadership Trainer
Matchbox – An interchange-form for getting a program with (for example) a specified country
Mini Camp – A weekend retreat for Junior Branch members of all ages. There are annual local, regional (SRMC – Southern Regional / Aug-Sep Labor Day weekend), and national (NMC – National / May Memorial Day weekend) Mini Camps
NA – see National Association
National Association – (NA). (Category A and B CISV International Affiliates – see Step In) For example all Canadian chapters belong to Canada’s National Association.2
NIC – National Interchange Chair / Committee
NJR – National Junior Representative. USA has a Junior and a Senior NJR.
NLT – National Leadership Training
peace – n. the condition that exists when nations or other groups are not fighting || the ending of a state of war || the treaty that marks the end of war || friendly relations between individuals, untroubled by disputes
prejudice – n. a preconceived opinion, usually unfavourable || the holding of such an opinion || an unjustified and unreasonable bias
Program – ie: Village, Interchange, Step Up, Youth Meeting, Seminar Camp, IPP, Mosaic etc.
racism – n. the assumption that the characteristics and abilities of an individual are determined by race and that one race is biologically superior to another || a political program or social system based on these assumptions, racist n. and adj.
RTF – Regional Training Forum
SC – see Seminar Camp
Seminar Camp – (SC), A camp consists about 30 youngsters at the age of 17-18 years. During three weeks the participants will go through the program they have planned by themselves. The main idea is the same than in the villages but the methods are more analyzing.
Staff – All adults in the village (Host Staff, Adult Delegates, Junior Counselors)
Step Up – (SU), An international summer camp for the age groups of 13 to 15 years.
SU – see Step Up
TIF – Travel Information Form
Trustee – A trustee of the CISV’s international board (one from every CISV-country).
VDR – Village Director Report Form1
VIL – see Village
Village – A camp lasts four weeks. There will be a delegation of five people from 10-12 different countries. Every delegation will consist of four eleven years old children: two girls and two boys, and over 21 years old leader. A month will be spent by getting to know new friends, playing and learning new things.
xenophobia – n. fear or dislike of strangers or foreigners [fr. Gk xenos, stranger, foreigner + phobos, fear]
YDAF – Youth Delegate Application Form
YM – see Youth Meeting
Youth Meeting – (YM),
*NOTE: generally, the prefix ‘L’ stands for Local; ‘N’ for National; and ‘I’ for International. The suffix ‘C’, depending on context, stands for Coordinator, Chair, Committee, or in some cases, Camp.