Thanks for visiting our
website. We would like to present you the work of Council of
International Fellowship (CIF) Turkey and invite you to participate in
our Professional Exchange Programme!
Our Aims and
Together with our international association C.I.F., we contribute to
peace and a better international understanding by means of exchange
programmes for human service professionals. Bringing people together
from different countries and cultures and letting them share their
experience is the core principle of the exchange programmes. We promote
lifelong learning and make this unique offer to professionals working in
the field of social work and related human services such as social
workers, psychologists, education majors and other service professionals.
If you are interested in participating in one of the exchange programmes,
please have a look at www.cifinternational.com.
Who We Are
As a non-profit organization, CIF Turkey is a part of the world
organization International CIF that consists of 33 National Branches
from 5 continents. CIF Turkey was founded in 1993 by the previous
participants to the The Council of International Programmes USA (CIP
USA) and CIF professional exchange programmes.
The initial exchange programme started in 1956 in Cleveland, USA. In
1960, German participants to the CIP programme organized a reciprocal
visit. Later, other countries followed Germany and organized their
National Branches and joined in the world organization called Council of
International Fellowship: CIF International.
Every year CIF Turkey accepts applications, carries on interviews and
selects the professionals from the field of social work and human
services and sends their applications to the countries who organize
exchange programmes. These professionals who have experienced these CIF
exchange programmes, become members of CIF Turkey and be CIF Turkey’s
messengers to spread their experiences.
What We Do
Council of International Fellowship (CIF) Turkey represents Turkey
in CIF International Organisation. CIF Turkey also organizes
international professional exchange programmes aiming to develop
professional knowledge and vision and establish international fellowship
among social work professionals.
CIF Turkey aims to
promote the interest and participation in the international programmes,
cooperates in the selection of Turkish applicants and helps them to
apply to the programme in the USA and other countries. Living abroad in
such programmes is not only a contribution to the individual in
professional and private aspects, the after-effects often are important
and long-lasting for the participant.
Since 1993, besides
organising twelve international professional exchange programmes which
last for three to four weeks and having participants from countries such
as Austria, Australia, Germany, England, Scotland, United States of
America, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Kyrgyzstan, New Zealand, more than 150
social work professionals from Turkey attended other countries’ exchange
programmes (Please see experiences).
During CIF Turkey
Professional Exchange Programme, social work professionals from various
countries are being hosted by families in Turkey. The participants are
informed about the social welfare systems and the diversity of human
services in Turkey other than the social services by the field visits to
public and private agencies, NGO’s, universities, related programmes and
projects. By visiting social work, health, education, law organizations,
the participants have a chance to make observations on the social
welfare system of Turkey and learn producing the forms of solving
different countries’ social problems by communicating with their
colleagues who participate the programme from various countries.
After the three to four
weeks exchange programme, participants leave with a unique perspective
of different methods and successes, which provide the basis for
improving professional practice.
Within the programme, the participants also learn practical and
theoretical information about the social and cultural environment of
Turkey and Turkish way of life with one-to-one experiences. Since there
are participants from different countries attending CIF Turkey exchange
programme, they have a chance to share their professional and personal
experiences, which is becoming a great opportunity for their
professional and personal development. (Please see experiences).
exchange reports of the participants are being shared by CIF Turkey
Members, published on the website of Association of Social Workers
Turkey and put into the archive of the Ministry of Family and Social
The opportunity to
experience the way of living in a different culture always opens a door
to getting to know foreign welfare workers, challenging personal
standards, values and culture, increasing the ability to relativize,
building long-lasting international friendships, improving proficiency
in expressing oneself in a foreign language.
CIF Turkey participates
in CIF International Conferences that take place every other year (see
Conferences). The 30th CIF International conference took place in
Ankara, Turkey in June 2013. (http://conference.cifturkey.org).
CIF Turkey celebrated its 20th anniversary of its existence at the
conference. The theme of the 30th CIF International Conference was
“Encounters In a Global World: Threats and Opportunities for Social
Workers and Human Service Professionals”. The main subtopics of the
conference theme were: Diversity and Identity, Discrimination, Conflicts
and Violence, Hate Crimes, Reconciliation, Internet Abuse, Human
Trafficking and Refugees.