What’s YOUR Cause? Building Global Friendship!

What’s YOUR Cause? Building Global Friendship!

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Every two weeks in our newsletter we would ask students to give us a shout-out and share their causes and volunteer experience with us. This week, Patricia S. tells us about the global friendship she built by volunteering with CISV.

“CISV is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-religious organization that promotes cross-cultural friendship and understanding. The idea is that children that grow up with world knowledge and friends all over the world will work for peace. CISV used to stand for Children International Summer Villages, but in the 58 years of existence there are now 7 programs from children as young as 11 years old, to 18. Once you reach 21 you can volunteer as a leader and take a delegation to one of the programs.

I was a child delegate and I felt the impact of CISV in my life. It made me who I am today, [as someone who is] open to new experiences, tolerant, and interested in peace and education. I’ve been a leader twice and I don’t plan to ever stop volunteering.

You know you’re in the right place when you work for peace, you work for free, and you wish your time there would last forever.

The organization is present in more than 60 countries, and it’s run only by volunteers. To find where you can volunteer is easy, just visit: www.cisv.org. If education for the youth or cross cultural experiences and friendship interests you, you should definitely give it a try!”

Posted on November 10, 2009