Safety and Costs

What does CISV do to ensure the safety and health of participants?

Going to a CISV camp abroad for up to a month is an exciting prospect for the children who will participate, but perhaps a little daunting for their parents! We understand. We know that you want to be sure that your child will be looked after and kept safe before, during and after the program.

CISV is committed to ensuring that the safety of each child in our care is paramount. We have been organizing camp-based programs and family-hosted exchanges for decades and child safety and protection remain our highest priorities.

Many of our volunteers are parents themselves who are sending their children to CISV programs in other countries, or may have done so in the past. They share our commitment to, and your concern for, the welfare of your child.

CISV International has comprehensive child protection policy and procedures, which are reviewed and updated regularly. Our National Associations additionally have their own child protection procedures, which are in line with their national legislation and requirements. All of our program staff and leaders receive child protection, risk management, and leadership training to prepare them to take care of your child.

Our child protection and risk management procedures ensure that all program staff and leaders are locally selected and trained to international standard, confidential references are reviewed locally, all program staff and leaders are carefully screened and police-checked, in line with national procedures and international standards, all children (under 16) travel with a 21+ adult leader, and hosting families are carefully screened CISV members.

A full risk assessment is conducted at the start of every program and our program staff are supported by our local, regional and international network of experienced Risk Managers. All of our participants are required to carry insurance and to provide detailed medical and health information.

There is a qualified first-aider at every program. They are responsible for any basic first aid, the organization and distribution of medicines, liaising with local doctors and hospitals as necessary and keeping all records relating to any illness or accident. Medical care is always within easy reach. In the rare event of illness or accident, parents are called at the first opportunity and updated with full information on what steps have been taken to help their child. All CISV Canada leaders are required to have first aid certification to take a delegation on a program.

What do CISV programs cost?

As a not-for-profit, CISV endeavours to keep program participation fees as low as possible. But because there is travel involved for national and international programs, the costs can get expensive. CISV Saskatoon is happy to assist you with fundraising, and we have also created the Angel Fund to help subsidize programs. Please contact us if costs are a barrier to you.

There are also great CISV opportunities for young people at a local level. Our Mini Camps, for example, are an affordable way to get involved, have fun, and make friends while learning about diversity, human rights, conflict and resolution, and sustainable development.