About the international CIF organization

The Council of International Fellowship (C.I.F.) is a private, voluntary, non-profit, politically and religiously independent organization founded in 1960 following up the Cleveland International Program in the USA - later on Council of International Programs (CIP) and CIP USA.

More about CIF history

The founder of CIP was Dr. Henry B. Ollendorff (1907-1979), who obtained his PhD in Law and practiced as a labor lawyer in Germany. In 1938 he escaped Nazi Germany with his wife Martha to begin his new life in the United States. Not being able to practice in his profession in his new home land and with a special interest in youth he attended the New York School of Social Work earning a Masters degree and worked in a number of child and youth programs. Dr. Ollendorff had a vision to create an international program where youth leaders and social workers from many countries could get together with the goal that the horrors of the Second World War would never happen again.
CIP German group 1960a
CIP 1960 German group ready onboard.

The aims of the first CIP program in 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio were: bridging and appreciating racial and religious differences; person to person respect and international understanding for peace.In 1960, alumni of CIP, keen to share this spirit of fellowship, founded CIF. Since then 31 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North and South America and Oceania have established National Branches. Twenty two of them also run programs with similar aims to that first CIP.
The CIF objectives are: • to increase professional knowledge in the field of social work, youth work an special education by learning from another; • to increase the understanding of world's diverse cultures through contact among the participants themselves and so • to promote world peace.

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