CIF HISTORY and AIMS:The Council of International Fellowship was founded by former participants of the Cleveland International Program (CIP) in 1962. Nowadays CIF has at least one representative in 80 countries. 29 countries are represented by independent associations under the umbrella of the head organisation.
In 1956 the Cleveland International Program was founded by a German lawyer, Henry Ollendorf, who had emigrated to the United States of America after the Nazis took power in Germany, and had studied social work in the US. Through his personal engagement and through his work with underprivileged children he promoted respect for religious and ethnical differences, and understanding of the other. To further this goal he organised exchange programs for people working with youth and in social work, beginning with Germany and the United States, and eventually internationally.
CIF organises international study programs for social workers with the aim to promote greater understanding between cultures through professional exchange.
CIF International supports the founding of independent associations in the countries involved and functions as a supervisor to guarantee an international standard in the field of cultural, professional and personal exchange.