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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.

ISV Awards and Acclamations

ISV Awards and Acclamations ISV has been recognized and awarded for our outstanding achievements in many countries across the world. From official government recognition, to news reports, to a simple “thank you” from small organizations who we support, we are proud of the achievements of our volunteers, and our dedicated staff who are committed to making a meaningful difference in their host country.

ISV Wins 2015 'Extraordinary Experience' Award

ISV Wins 2015 'Extraordinary Experience' Award September 2015, Cape Town, South Africa:  ISV has won the highly coveted 'Extraordinary Experience Award' and was awarded third place for most 'Outstanding Volunteer Project' at the World Youth Student Travel Awards

The 'Extraordinary Experience' was that of ISV alumni, Jordan Luongo, who traveled to South Africa with ISV in May 2015 and shared an innovative way for youth to wash their hands and learn about hygiene at school to reduce communicable diseases in the area. She volunteered on Volunteer Africa 32° South, which came third in the 'Outstanding Volunteer Project' category. In 2015, ISV and VA32 have worked together to bring about meaningful long-term change through assisting local communities with education and sanitation infrastructure. 

Of the hundreds of members from the World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confederation (WYSE), ISV is delighted to have received these two acollades. 

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ISV Second Place for 2014' Outstanding Volunteer Project' Award

ISV Second Place for 2014' Outstanding Volunteer Project' Award September 2014, Dublin, Ireland: ISV has come second in the 'Most Outstanding Volunteer Project' award at the WYSTC Global Travel Awards for our Blue Moon community development project in the Dominican Republic. 

Almost half of Dominican children live in poverty with limited access to housing, food, potable water and sanitation, while two-thirds fail to finish primary school. ISV and Blue Moon partner to alleviate the effects of poverty through volunteer projects that improve village health and infrastructure and provide basic children’s education. - See more at: http://www.isvolunteers.org/blog/outstanding-volunteer-project-2014/#sthash.3DPGli63.dpuf

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ISV Wins 2011 "Outstanding Volunteer Project" Award

ISV Wins 2011 Sept 2011, Barcelona Spain:  ISV received the prestigious OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER PROJECT award from the World Youth Student Travel Awards, given by the world’s largest youth travel confederation. Out of hundreds of members from the World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confederation (WYSE), ISV’s Community Development Project in the fishing village of San Juanillo, Costa Rica was selected as the most meaningful and powerful volunteer project by the global travel community. The San Juanillo project assists the local artisanal fishermen's association in providing a sustainable income for their community while protecting their natural resources.  ISV and our Costa Rican communities are proud to receive such an outstanding testimony to our life-changing experiences. ISV also received an ‘honorable mention’ in the category of “Outstanding Student Experience” for our volunteer programs globally.

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ISV Awarded as one of the Top 10 Volunteer Programs

ISV Founder elected to WYSE Board of Directors

ISV Founder elected to WYSE Board of Directors In 2009, ISV’s Founder and Director Randy Sykes was elected to the board of directors for WYSE Work Abroad, a global not-for-profit organization and sector association of the World Youth Student & Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation. Randy has been instrumental in setting up the WYSE Volunteer & Travel sub-group and providing resources and support to volunteer organizations internationally.

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http://www.wyseworkabroad.org

ISV wins BEST OF YORBA LINDA award in Tourism Category

ISV wins BEST OF YORBA LINDA award in Tourism Category International Student Volunteers has been selected as the winner of the 2011 Best of Yorba Linda Award in the Tourist Attractions category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

ISV is proud to win yet another award and be recongized on a local and international level.

ISV awarded as best non-profit in Yorba Linda

ISV awarded as best non-profit in Yorba Linda In 2009, ISV’s USA headquarters received an award for the ‘’Best Non-Profit in Yorba Linda” by the city of Yorba Linda, California. ISV was presented with an award by the Mayor of Yorba Linda for our outstanding programs and changing the lives of thousands.

ISV Program Director guest speaker at WYSTC 2010

ISV Program Director guest speaker at WYSTC 2010 ISV was honored to be a guest speaker at the 2010 World Youth and Student Travel Conference in Beijing, China. ISV’s International Program Director – Narelle Webber represented ISV alongside Conservational Volunteers Australia (a long term partner of ISV) to speak about safety and risk assessment best practice, including ISV’s internationally recognized Global Risk Management plan. Such an invitation highlights ISV’s commitment to quality programs for both ISV and our colleagues globally.

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http://www.vimeo.com/15978391

ISV Sea Turtle Program receives international recognition

ISV Sea Turtle Program receives international recognition ISV Costa Rica has been conducting important research into sea turtle conservation strategies since 2004. At Playa Ostional on the Pacific Coast in particular, we established a leatherback and black sea turtle research program with approval from the Ministry of Environment and Technology. Wagner Quirós, a marine biologist and ISV’s Project Director in Costa Rica with more than a decade of experience in sea turtle conservation, presented ISV’s research and findings at the 30th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation in Goa, India. This honor highlights how the efforts and data collection by our local staff, researchers and volunteers are used for practical management application and shared with other organizations globally.

View symposium information:
http://www.seaturtle.org/iotn/pdfs/issue-9/iotn9_15.pdf 

View ISV sea turtle research:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/52622310/Marine-Protected-Area-Extension-Proposal-for-the-Ostional-NWR

Randy Sykes guest panellist at WYSTC 2008

Randy Sykes guest panellist at WYSTC 2008 ISV’s founder was invited to be a guest panellist at the very first group seminar on volunteerism at the 2008 World Youth and Student Travel Conference in Brooklyn, USA. Randy joined industry leaders to present information and opinions on the rise of volunteer programs, as well as how to ensure projects are successfully managed.

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http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2477942223537834410

ISV Costa Rica receives award from the Costa Rica National University (UNA)

ISV Costa Rica receives award from the Costa Rica National University (UNA) In 2011, ISV and Santos Tours, one of our project partners in Costa Rica, were awarded first place by the Universidad Nacional out of 22 entries in the Entrepreneur Program for a joint initiative to use recycled cooking oil as fuel for our vehicles in Costa Rica. The aim is to expand the program to include some of the members of a local community where we work.

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ISV featured on Australian News

ISV featured on Australian News In 2011, ISV volunteers conducting important environmental rehabilitation in southern Australia were featured in WIN News. Monica Brockmyre, ISV’s Australian Project Coordinator was interviewed about the significance of the work being undertaken.

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Randy Sykes Interviewed on VolunTourism.Org

Rady Sykes, ISV's founder and Director is interviewed by David Clemmons from www.voluntourism.org about how ISV started and where we are going.

Listen to Interview Snippet here

Praise from Australia!

Praise from Australia! We often get fantastic feedback from our host organizations. Here is a message from a valued partner who ISV works with in Australia to complete important conservation initiatives.

"The work done by our international students each is quite phenomenal. Coming from all over the world and without knowing one another they work well as a team or in smaller groups or as individuals. This allows Wild Mountains to achieve getting stuck into a variety of tasks that are essential to achieving our outcomes, not only for the year but for the long term. It’s hard work, hard play and good fun and their attitude is fantastic. Looking forward to another year. Thanks."

 Richard Zoomers, President Wild Mountains.

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