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ISV Mission Statement

ISV's mission is to support sustainable development initiatives around the world through life-changing student volunteer and responsible adventure travel programs designed to positively change our world and to educate, inspire and result in more active global citizens.


  1. ISV is the world’s highest rated volunteer program by over 35,000 student participants with an average rating of 4.85 out of 5.
  2. ISV has 33 members of the U.S. Senate/Congress serving on ISV’s Board of Reference as endorsement of the on-going volunteer efforts that ISV students accomplish globally.
  3. ISV is certified by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to distribute the President’s Volunteer Service Award with a congratulatory letter signed by President Barack Obama.
  4. ISV was named as one of the “Top Ten Volunteer Organizations” by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy in conjunction with the U.S. State Department.
  5. ISV’s documentary was featured and aired on the Discovery Channel by In View with Larry King to demonstrate how ISV is leading the student volunteer, education and travel industry.
  6. ISV has had more than 35,000 student participants on the ISV programs across six continents from 2002 through 2016.
  7. ISV has partnered with over one hundred volunteer organizations (government, academic institutions, private and grass roots organizations/NGOs) globally, including organizations like the Peace Corps, UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity and Conservation Volunteers Australia.
  8. ISV student teams have contributed over 3 million hours of volunteer efforts in education, sustainable development and conservation initiatives around the world.
  9. University course and internship credit awarded to thousands of ISV students by over 350 universities worldwide.
  10. Major League Baseball’s World Series MVP David "Big Papi" Ortiz partners with ISV to make a positive difference in the lives of the children and families near his birthplace in the Dominican Republic.

  11. ISV was awarded “Outstanding Volunteer Project” by the World Youth Student & Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation.
  12. ISV International Program Director, Narelle Webber, receives international recognition as a featured conference speaker and sustainable volunteer trainer worldwide.
  13. Randy Sykes receives the first ever “Youth First International Award” in “Honor of his many years of Commitment, Dedication and Continued Support of Student and Youth Travel” by the SYTA at the World Youth & Study Travel Conference.

  14. ISV is the example of impacting our world with meaningful student travel by combining a perfect balance of: a) life-changing volunteer work, with b) adrenaline filled adventure travel, providing participants the opportunity to explore all the natural wonders of the country to which they are traveling.

ISV's Global Team

ISV has over 200 staff who work tireslessly to ensure your experience is amazing and that each project makes a sustainable and meaningful impact. Below are just a few of our featured staff members and we encourage you to read more on our global team and the amazing people who make it all happen!

Randy Sykes

Randy Sykes Founder / ISV International Director

Randy  is the founder and International Director of International Student Volunteers. For over 35 years Randy has been successfully operati...

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Narelle Webber

Narelle Webber Co-Founder/ ISV International Program Director

Narelle’s passions come together perfectly through ISV. She has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development from Sydney’s Mac...

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Deanna Mathewson

Deanna Mathewson International Education Director

Deanna started out with ISV in 2002 as a Project Leader in Costa Rica and knew right away that this was the perfect fit. Deanna earned an M.Sc. ...

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