2015 Project Highlight – Zingela Reserve in South Africa

January 31, 2016

ISV Project Leader, Leticia Martinez, reflects on her experience leading a group of students on a brand new volunteer project in South Africa last season at the Zingela Game Reserve. Excitement, joy, nerves…it’s hard to explain the mixture emotions I had before leading ISV’s new project at Zingela Game Reserve with my amazing group of volunteers. […]

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2015 Project Highlight – Protecting Little Penguins On Phillip Island, Australia

January 21, 2016

ISV Project Leader, Michelle Durkan, shares her experience leading a conservation project that improves penguin habitats in Australia with ISV partner, Phillip Island Nature Park. Phillip Island Nature Park (PINP) is a world renowned park in southeast Melbourne (Australia) responsible for the conservation and protection 4,460 acres (1800 hectares) of reserves and coastal lands, as well as […]

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2015 Project Highlight – Native Nature Kaitoki in New Zealand

January 12, 2016

This season, ISV ran a new volunteer project in the north island of New Zealand, where participants made a a tangible impact on the environmental, economic and social challenges confronting the local Maori people. Native Nature Kaitoki is part of Emanuera farm – a picturesque estate in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. It’s owned and operated by […]

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The Winners From The 2015 Photo And Video Competition

January 3, 2016

The votes are in and the winners of ISV’s 2015 Photo and Video Competition have been announced! We have a total of five winners – one from each of the Photo Comp categories (Volunteer Project, Intrepid Adventure, Group and People, Places, Planet)  – and one overall winner for the Video Competition. Thank you to all of our Facebook followers and alumni for voting. Each first place entry […]

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Positively Impact Your World Through Combating Climate Change

December 21, 2015

There’s no denying it. We are living in a changing climate and this is having a profound impact on all species on the planet. International Student Volunteers is committed to doing our part to combat climate change, both directly through our projects and educating our volunteers. Changing weather patterns are already impacting our world. With more frequent […]

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Our Future, Our Choice: Stand Up For Climate Change Action

December 11, 2015

Right now in Paris, world leaders are meeting to discuss climate change. The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is running from the 30th of November to the 11th of December 2015 – and while these discussions were taking place,  785, 000 people around the world took to the streets to […]

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World AIDS Day – 1st of December 2015

December 1, 2015

Each year on December 1, we recognize World AIDS Day – and this year ISV’s South Africa Project Manager, Jaclyn Stephenson, discusses the importance of this commemorative event and the myths versus facts of the virus.  World AIDS Day was created in 1988 to bring awareness to the global effects of the pandemic, to highlight its seriousness, to unite in the […]

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Are You Cut Out For Volunteering?

November 23, 2015

Some of you may ask yourself, “am I volunteer material? Will I be good at volunteering? Will I be able to work in a new environment, be with others and create the change I wish to see in the world?” Here are a few things to consider when signing up for a program with International […]

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Caring for Gunditjmara Country with Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation in Australia

November 1, 2015

ISV Australia Project Leader Brenton Peake shares his experience leading a Conservation Project with ISV Partner Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation on our 2015 May to September Program.  The Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation is a community based organization that aims to preserve and support the strong Indigenous roots of the region. Situated four hours west of Melbourne in Heywood, Winda-Mara is […]

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Practical Examples of Being an Active Global Citizen

October 20, 2015

Narelle Webber is the co-founder of the ISV program and has served as ISV’s international program director for over 13 years. Read some examples from her own life about applying the values we believe in as an inherent part of the ISV volunteer and travel experience.  At the end of every ISV volunteer project our […]

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ISV A Big Winner At The 2015 WYSTC Awards

October 6, 2015

Once a year the World Youth Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) takes place to celebrate excellence in the youth, student and educational travel industry. This three day international event culminates in a highly coveted awards ceremony – and this year, International Student Volunteers won the Extraordinary Experience award and was awarded 3rd place in the most Outstanding Project category! The WYSTC conference […]

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Heritage Day South Africa – 24th September 2015

September 23, 2015

Do you know what ‘boerewors’, ‘bunny chow’ and ‘koeksisters’ are? Have you ever heard of ‘umqombothi’ or know what a ‘smiley’ is? Have you ever heard someone say ‘yoh boet, today is a lekker day for a braai’ or ‘AWEH’? This is a taste of South Africa, its local food, language and culture, and today, […]

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ISV and the Millennium Development Goals – Volunteering to Ensure Environmental Sustainability

September 22, 2015

The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) were developed in 2000, and have 8 major goals for sustainable development.  In July 2015, the United Nations released their final report on the achievements made toward reaching these goals. The 7th goal, Ensuring Environmental Sustainability, has been a core component of ISV’s volunteer programs, and an emphasis of our […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Tian Sisak, South Africa

September 13, 2015

It’s feedback like this that makes all our staff work so hard to facilitate the ISV experience! Tian Sisak from Macquarie University,  thanks so much for sharing your experience in South Africa with us below!   “To put my first week as a volunteer in South Africa into just a few paragraphs is almost impossible. I’ve learnt more, […]

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Volunteering in a Tranquil Muslim Community in Thailand

September 4, 2015

I will always remember the first time I ever heard a call to prayer: it was very early in the morning, still dark, and I was jolted from sleep, completely disoriented and hoping it was not a tsunami warning! I had arrived the previous evening to a small Muslim community on the Andaman coast of southern Thailand. […]

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