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The Village Junior Counselor (JC)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the role of the Junior Counselor?

The Junior Counselor is a leadership position for youth, ages 16-17. There are 6 Junior Counselors, all from different countries, that attend the month long Village Camp. The responsibilities include planning activities with leaders and staff, and assisting in the supervision of the 11 year old children who attend the Village. In most Villages, the Junior Counselors (JCs) run the camp store and plan and coordinate the events for a "JC Day". The JC has a unique role in serving as a bridge between the villagers and the adult leaders. Junior Counselors bring energy and enthusiasm to all Village activities. An outgoing nature, tolerance, good judgment and fairness are important qualities in a JC candidate. The Selection Committee also looks for individuals who are mature, responsible, dependable, and enjoy playing with children.

The application information on costs explains fees and travel costs, but who pays for the Village itself (food, activities, utilities, etc)?

The host Chapter pays for all operational costs for the Village Camp. The only responsibilities of each participant are payment of the program fees and the costs of traveling to and from the city or town where the Village camp is hosted, plus 1/4 of the leader's airfare cost. Each CISV Chapter worldwide is required to host a Village at least once every 3 years. When hosting a Village, the Chapter raises funds (in our case about $30,000), which are sufficient to pay for all costs to operate a four-week camp for 70 children, staff, leaders and junior counselors. When DC hosts a Village, each Chapter member is asked to help in a variety of volunteer jobs.

What if we can't afford all the fees, preparation and travel expenses?

CISV is the greatest bargain imaginable for such a memorable, educational and culturally enriching experience. Regardless, the total cost can be difficult for some families. CISV encourages participation from the entire DC community, without regard for race, religion or economic circumstances. To that end, our Chapter has limited scholarship/financial assistance for those who have true need. The number and amount of financial assistance grants varies from year to year based on the number of applicants, the degree of need, and the amount of financial assistance funding available. For more information see the Chapter Information section of the website. All information regarding applications and financial assistance awards is kept strictly confidential.

How can CISV operate these complex programs as an all-volunteer organization? Who does the work?

Volunteers like you and me! Thousands of dedicated people devote many hours to CISV programs around the world because they have experienced the special, rewarding feeling that comes from making new friends around the world and learning about other cultures and ways of life. These volunteers want others to experience the same feeling, and they want to give something back to the organization that means so much to them and to their children. When your family becomes involved in CISV, parents will have the responsibility to serve as a volunteer in some capacity. There are dozens of jobs that must be done...some big, some small, but all are very important to our success. We must have families who are willing to do their share so all the work is not done by just a few. Sixty countries...182 Chapters worldwide...22 USA Chapters...3,500 members in the USA alone. We hope you, too, will be a part of CISV and see why so many care so much!

If I apply for the Village program, must we first be chapter members? Is it an advantage in the selection process to have previous membership or CISV program experience?

You are not required to be a Chapter member to apply for the JC Position. If you are selected, Chapter membership is a part of the participation fee. The goal of the Selection Committee is to choose those who will make the best possible JCs. The primary focus is on the children, and the family's willingness to support the chapter with volunteerism.