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
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
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:
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