CISV was organized to give life to the idea that education for peace starts with children. In 1997, Brett and Jane Vottero founded CISV Springfield, our local chapter of CISV USA. Every year since 1998, CISV Springfield, has sent Village Delegations to hosting countries in Canada, South America, Europe and to as far away as Japan.
The program emphasizes international friendship and cross-cultural communication through cooperative living, non-competitive games, and a variety of typical camp activities such as arts and crafts, music, swimming and sports. Day by day, the children learn that despite certain cultural differences, they have much more in common as members of the human family in an increasingly interdependent world.