By Mollie Bretland
For Miami Valley Today
On Sunday, March 10, CISV Miami County held their annual Presentation of the Delegates Tea. Families and friends gathered to acknowledge and congratulate the delegates departing this summer and winter for peace education camps around the globe.
Judy Eshleman, one of the directors of the event, explained that the purpose of sending these children is in hopes of them “learning more about cultural differences, one of the pillars of the organization.”
This year, CISV Miami County will be sending delegates to Guatemala, Great Britain, the Philippines, Norway, Massachusetts, and Texas. The age range of programs offered this year spans from 11-18.
Bianca Stevens and Caroline Klawon are two 11-year-old delegates who will be traveling together to the Philippines this summer for the organization’s most well-known program, “Village.” Existing since 1951, this 28-day camp brings together four-person delegations of 11 year olds, accompanied by an adult leader, from 10-12 countries for a fun and educational summer camp experience.
“I’m excited about the food and the people there,” said Klawon. “I hope to learn a little bit more about the culture.”
“I am excited to just meet new people, learn about other people’s customs and their way of life everyday, and I’m also excited to learn different languages, too,” Stevens said.
For more information about CISV Miami County, visit www.cisvmiamicounty.org
Mollie Bretland is a Troy High School junior.