ABOUT ISSE

Objective of ISSE

ISSE's objective is to allow primary level students to interact with and learn from other children of the world, thereby fostering peace and understanding on a global basis.

How ISSE Works

Children of all backgrounds participate in the ISSE program. A partnership between a primary school in one country is formed with a primary school in another country. A small team of eleven or twelve year old children and an adult from another country visits a school for approximately a month. Each child lives with a family with a child of similar age and goes to school with their host.

The accompanying adult is also hosted by another family. At a mutually agreeable time the school sends a similar team to the school from which the visitors came, to live under the same arrangements. The visiting delegation share their culture with each grade level.

Selection

The selection of children will be based on factors such as:

  • Interest in learning about new cultures and becoming friends with children of other cultures.
  • Willingness to communicate their experiences with their school when they return.
  • Sufficient independence and emotional maturity.
  • Age of eleven at departure time (should be recommended).

Expenses

All living expenses of the visiting children and adult are paid by their host families. Parents of the visiting children provide passports, travel expenses, clothing and spending money. ISSE is both an enriching and attainable opportunity.

Selections/Expenses

Selections

The selection of children should be based upon factors other than ability to pay travel expenses, such as :

  • Interest in learning about new cultures and becoming friends with children of other cultures.
  • Willingness to communicate their experiences with their school when they return.
  • Sufficient independence and emotional maturity.
  • Age of eleven at departure time (should be recommended).

Expenses

All living expenses of the visiting children and adult are paid by their host families. Parents of the visiting children provide passports, travel expenses, clothing and spending money. ISSE is both an enriching and attainable opportunity.

Why Elementary Schools ?

The eleven or twelve year old is mature enough to benefit from international experience, yet young enough to be relatively free from prejudice.

The full power of the eleven-year-old 'ambassador' should not be under-estimated. Children of this age are not trying to 'find themselves'. They know who they are and can be good representatives of their country. These children are young enough to need adults but old enough to build their own relationships.

There is no generation gap as children of this age are friendly with both children and adults.

World Wide Involvement of ISSE

The roots of the ISSE programme extends back to 1951 when Dr. Doris T. Allen founded the Children's International Summer Villages (CISV) Society. ISSE, an extension and companion organisation of CISV, has grown since 1971 to include the following countries :

  • Australia
  • Jamaica
  • Bermuda
  • Mexico
  • El Salvador
  • New Zealand
  • Honduras
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • India

Benefit & Comments

How ISSE can Benefit you

  • Educational enrichment
  • Teacher involvement
  • Sharing of experience
  • Cultural exchange
  • Family enrichment
  • Lifelong memories
  • Lasting friendships

Comments About ISSE:

“Although we treasure your generous gifts, the best gift of all was simply having you all here. Every bit of your music, performances and interactions reflected your warmth, inner peace and humour. Your visit has reminded us that the world is a great place after all."
- Hosting School

“The ISSE program is an adventurous project and a certain amount of trust is necessary for the parents involved. The bridge of communication helped us feel we were sending our child off to ‘friends’ rather than the unknown.”
- - Hosting Family

“It brought parents, children and teachers together providing an enriched atmosphere and sharing. Programmed activities give drive, enthusiasm and a school focus for all. The promotion of goodwill and friendship memories that will survive time."
- -- Teacher

“The more we learn to know students from other countries, the more we see that we are all alike.”
- - Student

International Office
Administrative Secretary:
Mrs. Lillian Coon,
4873 Millerstown Road, Urbana, Ohio 43078 USA
Tel. : 513 652 3345 Fax : 513 652 1564

Lucknow Office
City Montessori School,
12, Station Road, Lucknow - 226001 India.
Tel.: 91-522-2638 738, 2638 606, 2638 483
Fax: 91-522-2638 008
E-mail: isse@cmseducation.org
Website: www.cmseducation.org

Contact Us

International Office

Mr Bev Campbell, Administrative Secretary
Email: beverlycampbell@comcast.net

Ms Sue Bolduc, Administrative Secretary
Email: suebolduc@worldnet.att.net

Address: 586 Cleveland Ave. Louisville, CO 80027
Phone: +1-303-666-5010
Fax No: +1-303-494-5908
Website: www.isseonline.com

Lucknow Office

City Montessori School
Address: 12, Station Road, Lucknow - 226001 India.
Phone: +91-522-2638 738, 2638 606, 2638 483
Fax No: +91-522-2638 008
Email: isse@cmseducation.org
Website: www.cmseducation.org