I attended a CISV International camp here in Pittsburgh when I was 11 and met other 11 year-olds from all over the world. In that month, I grew to love this city and moved here for college, found a career, and plan to raise a family in Pittsburgh. I also am still in contact with many of the other international campers and staff. My views of international relations, different cultures, and the importance of travel have been forever impacted by this amazing organization.
Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation
Our family has been involved with CISV Pittsburgh for over four years. In that time, our son has been fortunate enough to have participated in three summer programs. As an all volunteer organization, the resources are limited but the energy and focus from members is dedicated and thoughtful.
The most amazing experiences we have had were during an Interchange program with CISV members in Guatemala. The children that came to Pittsburgh were so kind and lifelong friendships were established. Each year that we are involved, our connections to members across the world deepen and we are thankful for the opportunities to get to know each and every child that we get to know.
I have never been more proud as we watch the children in our local chapter begin at age 11 and find their way through the various programs. They grow, learn, mature and evolve into some of the most amazing teens and young adults I have ever known. Many have gone on to wonderful colleges and continue to be connected to the friends they have made around the world.
As our founder Doris Allen poignantly stated, "the ultimate source for peace, long range, lay with the children." I continue to have hope that through this organization, we are laying the groundwork for a more progressive way of teaching our children that their lives matter and that the relationships they make can elevate us all to a place of peace and understanding.