ISV Volunteer Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award!

by on Saturday, 30 November 2013

Volunteer overseas with ISV f or 80 hours then back home for 20 hours with a local charity in your community to earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award!

Alessandra (Ali) Garcia volunteered with ISV in Australia and joined ISV’s Student Ambassador Volunteer Program. By completing 80 hours of conservation volunteer service and 20 hours in her local community upon returning home, Ali earned the President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award.  Many students this coming year will also be receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

ISV is committed to encouraging students to volunteer as a lifestyle. This is one reason that ISV became a certified organisation which is approved to review, verify volunteer hours, confirm eligibility for the award and distribute the Presidents Volunteer Service Awards. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States through presidential recognition to live a life of service.

The great thing about the ISV Student Volunteer Ambassador Program is that it recognizes the invaluable service our volunteers are providing abroad, and also encourages volunteering back in a volunteer’s local community with a local charitable organization.

Ali with her Award.

This year, non U.S. Citizens can earn the ISV Global Volunteer Service Award (administered by ISV) by volunteering for 80 hours abroad with ISV and an additional 20 hours with a local charitable organization after they return home.

About Alessandra:

Alessandra (Ali) attends the University of Nevada in Reno and is currently in Junior-standing in the Division of Health Sciences, with a major in Community Health Sciences (CHS).  Ali will graduate in the spring of 2014 and then hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Hospital Administration or Epidemiology. We asked her a few questions about her experience with ISV:

Why did you want to volunteer with ISV? I love volunteering. I feel that everyone should give back to their community. I have always wanted to volunteer globally, and ISV allowed me to do that. I also had the amazing opportunity through the program to see Australia!

What was your volunteer experience with ISV like? I was privileged enough to see so much of New South Wales as well as meet an amazing group of young adults with the same life goals. I feel lucky to have been able to have such an experience. The area I was volunteering in was extremely friendly and I felt so at home. I am blessed to have made such great memories with amazing people.

What was your most memorable experience on your project? My most memorable experience would have to be shoveling seaweed mulch. It was very hard and smelly, but at the end of the day, it felt really good to have shoveled all of that mulch to benefit the coastline and the ecology.

In what way, if any, has your ISV experience changed you or your perspective? I have a different cultural outlook. Australia is so different from the US, from the way they eat to the way they talk to the way they live. I feel that I have added a great sense of diversity to my life.

The Certificate.

Do you do any volunteer work in your local community? I volunteer within my college division at my University. I help incoming freshman decide what major they want to pursue based on their academic goals they have in mind. It is very rewarding.

What do you want to do after graduation? I want to go back for a Master’s in Public Health. I love school!

What are your hobbies? I love swimming, running, hiking, snowshoeing. I am a very active person. I also love to read, spend time with family and friends, and of course, volunteer my extra time to those in need!

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