Free Trip Winner Announced!

by isvolunteers on Tuesday, 3 March 2015

International Student Volunteers recently launched a Facebook competition to win a free trip to the Dominican Republic! The prize includes a week on the ISV Spanish language Program, a two week Community Development Volunteer Program and international airfares valued at around $3000!

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Congratulations to our winner, Alicia Dunajcik from Missouri!

Thank you to the overwhelming 4256 entries we received, it’s extremely inspiring to see so many people want to make a difference with ISV.

We are pleased to announce our lucky winner, Alicia Dunajcik from St Louis, Missouri. When Alicia found out she had won the competition, the 20 year old medical student was ecstatic, I couldn’t believe it – I was literally at a loss for words!

Volunteering abroad is something Alicia is extremely passionate about and she has previously engaged in a Volunteer Program designed to provide sanitation for families in Honduras. This experience is what sparked Alicia’s enthusiasm to make a positive impact on an international scale, “I am so incredibly excited to volunteer with International Student Volunteers and will do anything that I physically can to better the lives of the people that I encounter.” 

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Resting in the heat of the day in the Dominican Republic (c) International Student Volunteers

Alicia will be participating in two weeks of community based volunteering, two weeks of adventure and a week of Spanish classes! The Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion Program is based in the historical city of Santiago and involves staying with a host family plus 20+ hours of language classes, dance and cooking lessons and cultural excursions.

Alica’s ISV volunteer project for her group’s departure date is located in the south of the Dominican Republic. Current consultation with the local communities has revealed a need and desire to contribute to latrine building and laying cement over dirt floors in houses to improve health and sanitation, and painting houses to enhance the village’s aesthetics.  Plus, Alicia and her fellow ISV volunteers will implement the HELP (Health Education and Language Program), which teaches children about important health issues is a fun, summer-camp setting.

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Participate on the ISV Health Education and Language Program and teach children about important health issues (c) International Student Volunteers

Currently completing her Emergency Medical Technicians License at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Alicia is excited to utilize her medical skills while volunteering abroad, “I believe that I will be able to help ISV with any minor health needs for members of the communities I work in as well as effectively educate the importance of good health and how to maintain it to individuals that I work with.”

While it’s not essential to have these skills to take part on an ISV program, it is a wonderful opportunity for participants to further their education, with the possibility to earn academic credit through independent study whilst gaining hands on experience in a specific field.

Congratulations Alicia, we are so excited to have you volunteer with us this summer!

We are always looking for more volunteers to take part in our life changing programs, so to find out how to get involved please visit our website!

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