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The Council of In
What is CIF
is an independent, private, voluntary organization, which promotes exchange programs for human service workers.
C.I.F. main objectives are::
- to increase professional knowledge in the field of human services (in particular social work) by learning from one another;
increase the understanding of the world's diverse cultures through
contact among the participants themselves and so contribute to promote
The Council of International
Programs (C.I.P.), originally The Cleveland International Program, was
founded in the U.S.A. in 1956, and it's the largest multinational
specialist program of its kind.
Each year, about 200 human service
professionals and volunteers from about 85 Countries participate in
C.I.P. Programs in the United States, for either four months or thirteen
Since 1956, more than 5,000 participants from 110 Countries
have been a part of CIP activities. Former C.I.P. participants
officially organized the alumni association named The Council of
International Fellowship (C.I.F.), establishing national branches.
INTERNATIONAL, constituted formally in 1960, has grown consistently
through the years; in fact today it counts thousands of members in about
100 different countries.
click on the links to get specific informatiion
requirements, length of stay, application deadlines and other details,
please contact your National Branch. If your country does not have a
branch, obtain information from the contact person in your country or
directly to the host country where you plan to participate in the
Seminar held in Caserta on Oct.15th,2016 by Bruna
"Professional/cultural exchanges: an added value or necessity? What meaning for Social
Workers and other help professions in the contemporary globalized society?"
summary click here
CIF International publishes a World News magazine since 1977.
Since 1958 CIF
organized a biannual conference to keep alive his goals and spirit, to
offer the possibility to participants to meet again, to reflect about
import current issues, to develop professional knoweledge, to know a
specific Country from a different perspective. In fact the Conferences
are organized in cooperation with the national branches on a voluntary
The latest CIF Conference was hosted by CIF Sweden
Here is the list of the past conferences since 1958