Our members are likely a lot like you – families and youth in the Lower Mainland that want to promote global citizenship.  Programme participants develop the skills they need to become informed, responsible and active global citizens that can make a difference in their communities and the world.

CISV’s peace education ‘learning by doing’ programs begin with our Village program for 11-year-olds. Youth 10 years and older participate in seven international camp-based, family exchange and local community programs.


Founded in 1988, CISV Vancouver is part of a global organization dedicated to educating and inspiring for peace through building inter-cultural friendship, cooperation and understanding. CISV Vancouver is a local chapter of CISV Canada and is affiliated with CISV International.

CISV International, founded in 1950, is a federation of 60 Member Associations with over 200 Chapters around the world. In over 60 years, CISV International has given countless children and young people the experience of their lives and the opportunity to build lasting friendships through their international educational programs.

The thread that is woven through all of our programs is friendship, in line with our founding belief that peace is possible through friendship and mutual understanding.


CISV has a vision of a more just and peaceful world; we believe that we can all take responsibility for making this happen. This vision gives us a strong purpose, or mission, which is summed up clearly in our Statement of Purpose: CISV educates and inspires action for a more just and peaceful world.


  • Friendship
  • Inclusiveness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Engagement
  • Cooperation


We hope to build our chapter in the future following these objectives: CISV Vancouver Strategic Plan