Program Reference – I-2020-042 (13-14 yrs)
- First Phase – USA Hosting – 06/00/20 to 07/00/20
- Second Phase – GER Hosting – 07/00/20 to 07/00/20
Check out Interchange…
Two-way family exchange program for 12-13, 13-14, or 14-15 year olds; each exchange lasts between 14 to 28 days
The first Interchange was held in 1961. 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’ – your child joins a delegation that visits another country and is hosted there by a CISV family. Then in return you and your family host a child from the delegation from the country your child visited. 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.
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, 13-14, or 14-15 yrs) – INTERNATIONAL
$3450-$4485 – APPROXIMATE TOTAL PROGRAM COST
- $1265 – Program Fee – local, national, international (includes 3 years of Family membership)
- $1000-$1500 – Youth Delegate’s Airfare
- $150-$250 – 1/6 – 1/10 of Adult Leader’s Airfare
- $200-$300 – Spending Money
- $250 – Emergency Money (will be returned if no emergencies arise)
- $105 – Passport & Passport Photo cost
- $65-$115 – Visa & Visa Photo cost
- $50-$200 – Host Family Gifts, Staff Gifts, Items for Trading, etc.
- $400 – Hosting Costs (food, entertainment, excursions, etc.)
- $100 – Mini Camp (mid-week)
Applying to be an Interchange Youth Delegate and need to find application material?
- Click here to Apply – must be age 12-13, 13-14 or 14-15 (depending on age of your Interchange) between Jun 1 & Aug 31 of program year
Selected as an Interchange Youth Delegate and need to find forms?
- Click here for Forms – Child Travelling with Leader Form & Health Form
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 in May – 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 Southern 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.