Organisations active in India

The Council of International Fellowship - Netherlands
C/O Ms Trudy de Wit
P. O. Box 202
3500 AE Utrecht

The Council of International Fellowship (C.I.F) is a private voluntary and non profit organisation founded in 1960. Its goal is to promote human understanding through exchange programmes for professionals in human services.

Founded by Henry Ollendorff, the first international exchange program for social workers and youth leaders was arranged in the United States after the second world war. In 1956 the Cleveland International Programs - CIP - was founded. The main aim was to promote peace and understanding among nations by bringing people from different countries and cultures together to exchange professional knowledge and experience.

In 1960, alumni of CIP founded the Council of International Fellowship (CIF) with the desire to continue the spirit of fellowship, human understanding and peace that they had experienced during their CIP program in the USA. Today, the CIP program has evolved to become CIPUSA.

The principle aims of CIF are:
  • to maintain relations, and to provide further education and the exchange of work experience between participants in CIPUSA and CIF Exchange Programmes through personal contacts and conferences;
  • to sponsor recruitment and selection of new participants for CIPUSA and CIF programmes;
  • to stimulate other activities deriving from the aims of CIF, i.e. exchange programmes and seminars in the field of social work and youth work;
  • to facilitate the communication between members by the publication of a newsletter or by other means
The CIF has also an office in India. The address is:
CIF India
President: Zarin Gupta
P. O. Box 1235
Tel:00 - 91 - 22 - 236 99 07
Gsm:00 - 91 - 22 - 2414038

For information please contact Mrs. Zarin Gupta
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