International School to School Experience
Fostering Peace and Understanding

About ISSE


The International School-to-School Experience (ISSE) is a unique international program for schools that provides for the exchange of thoughts and ideas through face-to-face contact with children from other countries around the world. It is non-profit, non-political, and non-religious in nature. The program gives all ten to twelve year old children the opportunity to experience and understand other cultures on a first-hand basis. It is an innovative approach for schools that realize the importance of international experience in modern student education.


The ten, 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 young “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.


Children of all backgrounds participate in the ISSE program. A partnership between a school in one country is formed with a school in another country. A small team of ten, eleven or twelve year old children and one to two adults from another country visits a school for approximately three weeks. Each child lives with a family with a child of similar age and goes to school with their host.
The accompanying adult(s) is also hosted by another family or teacher. 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.


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
  • Minimum age of ten and maximum age of twelve at departure time is expected


All living expenses of the visiting children and adult(s) are paid by their host families. Travel expenses of the visitors are paid, when possible, by their family, school, community, and/or their local ISSE organization. Parents of the visiting children provide passports, clothing, and spending money. ISSE is both an enriching and attainable opportunity.


The roots of the ISSE program extended back to 1951 when Dr. Doris T. Allen founded the Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV). ISSE, an extension and companion organization of CISV, has grown since 1971 to include a large number of participating countries which currently include: Australia, China, Costa Rica, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Japan, U.S.A., Malaysia, Peru


International School-to-School Experience

Job Descriptions

July 2016

The current leadership team of ISSE will be close to or above 70 years of age at the next International Conference in Liuzhou, China in 2018. It’s appropriate to begin thinking of a transition in the leadership team to the next generation of ISSE members. Below you will find the job description for the three positions. There is not paid staff; all are volunteers. Please consider stepping into a leadership role to insure the future of ISSE and the opportunities it affords students from around the world to build relationships with students from different nations.

ISSE Coordinator

  • Maintains the ISSE Web Page.
  • Maintains the ISSE Facebook Page.
  • Takes the lead in the process to determine partners for annual exchanges.
  • Serves as the clearinghouse for concerns expressed by member schools.
  • Collects forms completed by each school for each exchange.
  • Presents a report to be presented at the International Conference.

For additional information contact Bev Campbell.

ISSE Assistant Coordinator

  • Tracks the fees paid by member schools.
  • Sends invoices as necessary.
  • Presents a report at the International Conference

For additional information contact Sue Bolduc.

ISSE Treasurer

  • Maintains the checking account.
  • Pays invoices.
  • Prepares quarterly and annual financial report for ISSE.
  • Completes annual financial report for the State of Ohio.
  • Presents a report at the International Conference.

For additional information contact Bob Herring.   robert.c.herring

Leadership Transfer Timeline

 September 2016

Job Descriptions for the Leadership Positions in ISSE are sent to member schools and forwarded to staff members and friends of ISSE that may be interested.

Before January 2018

Anyone considering applying for leadership roles in ISSE sends his/her resume and an expression of interest to Bev Campbell.

February – May 2018

Questions posed by those who have expressed an interest are answered by current ISSE Leadership Team and shared with ISSE membership.

July 2018

List of candidates presented to ISSE Membership at ISSE Meeting in Liuzhou, China.

Recommendation is made regarding new Leadership Team.   New Team is announced and affirmed at the ISSE Meeting.

July 2018 – June 2020

Transition takes place. Current Leadership Team works with new members to transfer tasks and responsibilities for ISSE.

June 2020

New Leadership Team is installed at ISSE Conference in Western Hemisphere (Place TBA).