The Surf: A Poem About Conquering a Fear of the Ocean

August 19, 2015

‘The Surf’ – A poem by Savvy ISV volunteer, Savvy, traveled to Australia in 2015 to join an ISV conservation volunteer project followed by an adventure tour along the beaches of  Australia’s East Coast from Sydney to Cairns.  However, Savvy had a fear of the ocean. This is Savvy’s experience. Air so crisp Water cool […]

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ISV Facebook Free Trip Winner Travels to the Dominican Republic

August 9, 2015

Earlier this year, ISV launched a Facebook competition for a lucky follower to win a free trip to the Dominican Republic! The winner, Alicia Dunajcik , recently returned from her ISV Program and has shared her life-changing experience with us, in which she made a valuable contribution to a disadvantaged community and also gained new skills that helped her […]

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ISV Australia Project Leader Spotlight – Alexandra Comino

July 28, 2015

Meet Alexandra Comino, an ISV staff member who has a diverse history with the organisation – first as a participant in Thailand in 2009, then working in our Sydney office as a Student Care Coordinator, and now leading groups around Australia as Project Leader on our May to September Program! Learn more about Alex’s journey with ISV below… How […]

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ISV Alumni Spotlight: Kathy Wang, Photo Comp Winner Claims Prize

July 23, 2015

Kathy Wang won a $1000 scholarship to travel on another ISV program because of her amazing photo (right), which she entered into ISV’s annual photography competition. Now Kathy’s claimed her prize and is enjoying another ISV program in Costa Rica!  Kathy’s mesmerizing photograph was taken of her friends admiring elephants in Chobe National Park in Botswana during […]

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Improving Sanitation in the Dominican Republic

July 21, 2015

“I am moved by the fact that a child dies every two and a half minutes from diseases linked to open defecation. Those are silent deaths – not reported on in the media, not the subject of public debate. Let’s not remain silent any longer.” – UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson (May 2014) Hundreds of thousands […]

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What Makes ISV Tick? Educating and Inspiring Volunteers

July 13, 2015

ISV has a lot of staff who have worked with the organization for over 10 years (me included). So why have we stuck around for so long?  An enormous part of our commitment is that we believe wholeheartedly in our mission to: “Support sustainable development initiatives around the world through life-changing student volunteer and responsible adventure […]

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ISV Costa Rica Tour Leader Spotlight: Irene Arce

July 7, 2015

Meet Irene Arce, a highly experienced ISV Tour Leader who is passionate about taking ISV volunteers around her spectacular home country of Costa Rica.   What was your background before working for ISV? I was born and raised here in Costa Rica, and have been working as a full time tour leader for the past seven years. I’ve also […]

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ISV Alumni Spotlight: Jordan Luongo on Building a Tippy Tap in South Africa

June 22, 2015

Ever heard of a “Tippy Tap?” ISV volunteer Jordan Luongo from the University of North Florida, shares her story of volunteering in South Africa, with a special focus on combining her studies in Public Health with her ISV community development project, and implementing a Tippy Tap at the local creche.    “May 2015 was a month filled with […]

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Four things visitors may find odd about Australian living

June 17, 2015

To any Australian these things are normal. However, to visitors like ISV volunteers who travel to Australia in winter time, these four things, all related to energy and water consumption, might seem a bit weird… Many households don’t have electric clothes dryers; we use clothes lines. In fact, we even invented the free standing and rotating […]

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Banrock Station: How a world renowned winery is supporting conservation initiatives

June 9, 2015

ISV Project Leader, Jaclyn Smith, reflects on her time leading a motivated group of International Student Volunteers in a remote region of South Australia, and the incredible work they’ve achieved in just two-weeks.  Banrock Station, located alongside the picturesque River Murray in South Australia, has an ever growing international reputation for its premium wine grapes and inspiring approach to wetland […]

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Insights into “Africa Day”

June 1, 2015

One of ISV’s longest serving Tour and Project Leaders in Southern Africa, Gareth Webb, provides insight into ‘Africa Day‘- a celebration of the continent’s history, heritage and culture held annually on the 25th of May.  The 25th of May might just be another day for many people across the globe. But here in South Africa it’s a day […]

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Is Volunteering Hard Work?

May 29, 2015

“Although these two weeks included a lot of hard work, you feel incredibly good about what you have done and get to do a lot of amazing things. ISV is an amazing organization that have people who truly care about what they’re doing and the people who volunteer.” Alexis Kappl, Seattle University Expect to “work hard” […]

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ISV Thailand Project Leader Spotlight: Sawang Thongdee

May 24, 2015

Meet Sawang Thongdee, one of ISV‘s most intrepid Thai Project Leaders who has led numerous university and high school groups on ISV volunteer projects in Thailand. When did you first start working for ISV? I began working as an ISV Project Leader about four years ago and have led approximately 15 groups on conservation projects since then! What do you […]

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Exploring Costa Rica’s Forests with Arenal Mundo Aventura

May 20, 2015

Flying high at incredible speeds above a lush forest canopy is one of the most exhilarating eco-adventure activities the world has to offer – and on ISV’s Costa Rica Adventure Tour, you’ll have the opportunity to zip-line across 12 spectacular cables and rappel down a 90 ft waterfall!  Arenal Mundo Adventura is an ecotourism adventure activity operator located by […]

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Responsible Travel to the Great Barrier Reef with ISV and Passions of Paradise

May 10, 2015

ISV is excited to announce that we have selected a new operator to take our volunteers to explore the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef as part of the Australia Adventure Tour. Most significantly, we’re excited about the reasons we selected Passions of Paradise: their leadership in ecotourism practices and commitment to responsible travel. The word “sustainability” seems to be […]

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