If CISV is going to meet growth targets set by its international Governing Board, Interchange can be a powerful tool for creating new chapters and reaching new participants around the world. That was a key take-away message from nearly 35 CISV volunteers who traveled to Graz, Austria in April 2019 for the first global gathering of CISV Interchange coordinators. The Interchange coordinators from three continents developed a strategy for sharing their message about Interchange’s advantages. They also developed plans for addressing concerns about Interchange, which is the program most often hosted by CISV chapters.
The ten countries that host the most Interchanges also host at least 45% of all CISV programs. So this tilt toward a few “Big 10” countries is a problem throughout CISV, not specific to the Interchange program.
Why is Interchange so popular in the countries where CISV is strongest? Is there a causal relationship there?