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Thailand

Thoughts From Our ISV Volunteers

Thoughts From Our ISV Volunteers As the second group of volunteers from ISV (International Student Volunteers) have finished up their time with us here at DEPDC, we asked a few of them to share their thoughts about the two weeks they have spent with us.
"This school is incredibly inspiring and gives children the opportunity to learn important life skills, as well as the ability to interact with volunteers from around the world. I have had a memorable experience here and would love to come back. The children are sm...Read More

International Student Volunteers at Mae Sai!

International Student Volunteers at Mae Sai! We have been very busy for the past few weeks so thankfully we have had a few groups of International Student Volunteers, or ISV here to help us. For the past two weeks, we have had our fourth group of ISV working with us here in Mae Sai but sadly we say goodbye to them today before they go off on their exciting adventure tour, and we look forward to the arrival of our next group, next month.
Since mid-May, we have had groups of ISV, who come in groups of about 15, mainly from Cana...Read More

Australia

Students step up at Korora

Students step up at Korora A GROUP of international student volunteers has completed a set of stairs to the Korora Lookout in an effort to improve visitor experience.
The seven students have travelled from areas of China, Russia and the United States during their summer break with the help of International Student Volunteers and Conservation Volunteers Australia.
The project aims to teach students about the importance of conservation in our local area.
Overseeing the volunteers is Fores...Read More

International relationship growing from planting trees

International relationship growing from planting trees EIGHT university students from the United States have joined forces with the Budj Bim rangers for two weeks of revegetating Indigenous Protected Area properties. Winda-Mara Aboriginal land management co-ordinator Matthew Butt said the students were part of the International Student Volunteers program.
"They will spend until next Friday here and be involved with the rangers planting up to 15,000 native trees and grasses accross five sites." he said.
"We have started at Ty...Read More

Why Every Student Should Go Abroad

Why Every Student Should Go Abroad This past July, I found myself on a plane across the world. I had been planning for a year to travel to Australia with International Student Volunteers. In June, I was assigned to volunteer in Tasmania, a small island off Australia’s southern coast. Being the natural born worrier that I am, I worried. I worried about how cold it would be (it’s Australia’s winter), the rustic conditions we would be living in, and the difficulty of the conservation work we’d be completin...Read More

International Student Volunteers defeat weeds around wetland

International Student Volunteers defeat weeds around wetland     Take Tasmania's prickliest weed, seven enthusiastic young Americans, and an internationally recognised wetland.
They are the basic ingredients for an International Student Volunteers (ISV) project.
The Tasmanian Land Conservancy-hosted the US student group at its central east coast property that surrounds the Ramsar-listed wetland, Moulting Lagoon.Read More

Americans volunteer in Robe

 Americans volunteer in Robe INTERNATIONAL student volunteers from North America joined forces with local community groups in Robe and Natural Resources SE for significant environmental projects across the region last month.Read More

South East adventure - Students visit region for unique volunteer program

South East adventure - Students visit region for unique volunteer program A GROUP of seven international university students have visited Mount Gambier to plant trees as part of a unique four-week volunteer and adventure program.
The program was coordinated by International Student Volunteers (ISV), a not-for-profit organisation that provides educational volunteer programs to university students and youth.
During their first week in Mount Gambier, the group planted more than 4000 plants and shrubs as part of the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Man...Read More

International Student Volunteers work on wild side with Tasmanian Land Conservancy

 International Student Volunteers work on wild side with Tasmanian Land Conservancy A crew of seven US students is doing just that — and loving it.
The college students are spending their summer break as volunteers with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy.
They are this week pulling out Montpellier Broom at Flat Rock Reserve near Bagdad, staying in the relative luxury of a house after a shearers’ shack when they worked last week at Long Point Reserve near Coles Bay on the state’s East Coast.
“I can honestly say, without a d...Read More

ISV are back!

ISV are back! The first ISV group in 2 years have added their fantastic contribution to Wild Mountains. Two weeks have gone by since they left with some time for reflection. As always their work plays a significant part in the maintenance and operations of this centre which focusses on taking responsibility for one’s actions and living more lightly on the planet so as to conserve the resources and beauty of spaceship Earth.
Many students had positive attitudes to an experience that can pro...Read More

US Students Discover Budj Bim

US Students Discover Budj Bim 1) From the Midwestern state of Indiana, Megan Broecker is a university student who said her understanding of Australian history has been boosted immeasurably by her Tyrenderra visit.
2) Accompanied by Gunditjmara rangers, nine American university students have spent last few days planting trees and performing other environmental tasks at Budj Bim.Read More

Riverland's Banrock welcomes U.S students

Riverland's Banrock welcomes U.S students Eight students from the United States have spent a week and a bit out at Banrock Station, in the Riverland, as part of the NGO International Student Volunteers program.
Banrock have been hosting students as part of the program since 2006 (nearly a decade!).
 Today, four of the students came in to the ABC Riverland studio.Read More

Sudents from the USA who have been planting trees in the Little Desert National Park.

Sudents from the USA who have been planting trees in the Little Desert National Park. THE Little Desert Nature Lodge was the 'home base' for a group of students from the University of Northern Arizona and the University of Nevada Reno, who are taking part in the International Student Volunteers (ISV) program.
Conservation Volunteers Australia has been fantastic in coordinating the work along with helping facilitate a number of learning opportunities for the Students and Joe Park, their ISV Project Leader.
During the time spent in the Little Desert Nature...Read More

Conservation Volunteers Australia tackle Narooma forest

 Conservation Volunteers Australia tackle Narooma forest EIGHT volunteers from the USA spent last week constructing steps, installing seating and tables and maintaining walking trails in Bodalla and Dampier State Forests, thanks to a partnership between Forestry Corporation of NSW and Conservation Volunteers Australia.
The ISV (International Student Volunteers) conservation work was done just prior to the hazard reduction burn undertaken last week.
Bodalla Forest Rest Area and the Mummaga Lake Walking Track had been closed in ...Read More

Truckee native raising funds to restore animal habitats in Australia

 Truckee native raising funds to restore animal habitats in Australia TRUCKEE, Calif. — Michelle Campusano, a Truckee native currently attending University of Nevada, Reno, will be traveling “down under” to volunteer with Australia’s endangered animals and environments. Campusano will participate in a unique travel program in Australia this summer as a volunteer, restoring Australia’s deteriorating natural habitat and declining animal population, following years of poor land practice and environmental devastati...Read More

Sustainable travel message spreading

Sustainable travel message spreading FOUR hundred student volunteers who are learning about sustainable travel will visit the Great Barrier Reef later this year.
Passions of Paradise sales and marketing manager Adam O'Malley said the US-based international volunteer program ISV had selected Passions of Paradise to host the students during their fourweek trip to Australia.
"Groups of the students will arrive from June to September and their stay in Cairns will include a day trip on the Passions of Paradise c...Read More

Defining a Global Citizen

Defining a Global Citizen During the summer of 2008, UNCW junior Megan Gredler spent four weeks in Australia as part of the International Student Volunteers, Inc. (ISV) program. When she left on the plane, she was leaving as an American citizen. But she returned as not only an American citizen, but a global citizen, according to UNCW.
"Preparing our students to be global citizens" is UNCW's fourth strategic goal. The university has a total of seven, all branching off the main goal, which is to "create the m...Read More

Overseas volunteers help environment

Overseas volunteers help environment Imagine travelling half way around the world to help save something you've never heard of...
When Abbey and Rachel signed up to leave their North American homes and travel to Australia for a month to volunteer on a conservation project, they probably weren't expecting to be standing on the edge of the Port Fairy golf course on a cold, windy, drizzly day, faced with the task of planting around 2,000 trees...
Along with a small group of fellow volunteers from Canada and th...Read More

Reconnecting with nature to nurture our earth - Wild Mountains

Reconnecting with nature to nurture our earth - Wild Mountains Wild Mountains relies on its volunteer support with International Student Volunteers being especially important.
Each year we host teams of up to 15 university students from the US, Canada and Great Britain for two weeks at a time where they undertake a variety of tasks critical to Wild Mountains’ development.
Wild Mountains was one of the first project partners for Read More

Dominican Republic

Digging deeper

Digging deeper You give something to a child, even if its just a hug, and you see their faces light up. There really is no better gift than that," Kelsey Jones, 22-year-old University of Wyoming (UW) student and Saratoga native, said about her time volunteering in the Dominican Republic village of Los Francos.
Los Francos is in the southern part of the Dominican Republic near the city of San Cristobal. Jones spent a month in the island nation, two weeks of which were used to build a community cen...Read More

Volunteer discovers meaning through charitable work

Volunteer discovers meaning through charitable work Whether it’s exploring the mysteries of a sunken ship, horseback riding through caves or making a difference in impoverished cities, Emily Hilbers’ adventures never seemed to cease while volunteering abroad. Last summer, the sophomore business management major signed up for a four-week international volunteering program that was life-altering, she said. She ventured to the Dominican Republic to repair broken communities, educate underprivileged children and immerse herself in a ...Read More

Constanza and El Castillo, Dominican Republic

Constanza and El Castillo, Dominican Republic Constanza and El Castillo, Dominican RepublicThe San Diego Reader - Thursday, Jan., 28, 2010
The Dominican Republic is a rich tapestry of colors, geography, cultural influences, even climate – all enhanced by a rich history. Upon its discovery in 1492, it was described as a “paradisiacal island of high forested mountains and expansive valleys and rivers,” and the veracity of these words endures.
Beyond its beautiful beaches, this Caribbean country offers a ca...Read More

Volunteering in the Dominican Republic

Volunteering in the Dominican RepublicBlog Catalog - January 2nd, 2008
International Student Volunteers is a company which organises volunteering trips to foreign countries for students. The trip consists of 2 weeks of volunteer work in the local community followed by a two week adventure tour. I'm going with 3 others to volunteer in the Dominican Republic. We leave on the 13th of June. Its going to be fun...
This blog is going to be my on-line diary while I'm out there....Read More

Real Learning Experience

Real Learning Experience Student's volunteer journey real learning experienceBY LISA WALLACE, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN OCTOBER 2, 2009
When Brittany Harrison decided to volunteer with International Student Volunteers Inc., she had no idea of the adventure she was about to embark on.
Harrison, 20, saw an ISV presentation while studying at the University of Ottawa and was immediately interested. The organization runs programs that focus on local environmental and community development initiatives.
...Read More

Other News

ISV Wins Most Extraordinary Experience Award

ISV Wins Most Extraordinary Experience Award ISV Wins Most Extraordinary Experience Award and awarded third place for Most Outstanding Volunteer Project at the 2015 Global Youth Travel Awards!
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Students go abroad over break

 Students go abroad over break University of Iowa students are participating in more summer and winter study-abroad programs in order to participate in more than just class. In the 2012-13 school year, 62 percent of UI students participated in study, work, internships, or volunteering during summer or winter sessions — as opposed to 55 percent just three years ago. “Students like that they don’t have to rearrange their entire academic plans,” Study Abroad Associate Director Liz Wildenberg de Hernand...Read More

Go Overseas reviews puts ISV at 97% approval rating

Go Overseas reviews puts ISV at 97% approval rating Go Overseas reviews puts ISV at 97% approval ratingRead More

Dayna from Guelph reflects on her ISV New Zealand Experience

Dayna from Guelph reflects on her ISV New Zealand Experience Dayna from Guelph reflects on her ISV New Zealand ExperienceTheNewspaper.com - November 5th, 2010
At this time last year, I was desperately searching for some sort of travel opportunity. I wasn't quite sure what I was looking for, but I knew what I wanted: to be involved in volunteer work while having exhilarating adventures in a different culture.
While it seemed like simple criteria to fulfill, finding that perfect opportunity around campus was surprisingly difficult. ...Read More

Danielle from Ithaca College reflects on a life changing Dominican experience.

Danielle from Ithaca College reflects on a life changing Dominican experience. Helping Haitians in a Refugee Villagefuse, The Ithaca College Experience – 2/5/2010
It happened on my first day as an international student volunteer.
It happened on my first day as an international student volunteer.As I shuffled through a Haitian refugee village in the Dominican Republic, I was thinking about the black mud adhered to my formerly white sneakers and whether or not I could receive cell phone service in a Caribbean jungle.It was then I heard the word...Read More

Costa Rica

Savanna Worked With Sea Turtles

Savanna Worked With Sea Turtles Savanna Neb spent two weeks recently roughing it and living among the sea turtles along the coast of Costa Rica. The 2014 Yuma High School graduate is a marine biology major at the University of Oregon. She will be beginning her sophomore year when she returns to Eugene in September.
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UCF alumna in search of volunteers for Costa Rica trip

UCF alumna in search of volunteers for Costa Rica trip There's a ways to go till summer break, but one UCF alumna already knows what she'll be doing with her time off — and hopes others from her alma mater will join her.Chelsea Montes de Oca, 25, will lead a volunteer trip to Costa Rica in July through an organization called International Student Volunteers and encourages UCF students to sign up.The 2011 graduate recently accepted a University Leader position with ISV and looks forward to the short-term excursion slated for July 31."[ISV] s...Read More

Student's volunteer journey real learning experience

Student's volunteer journey real learning experienceThe Vancouver Sun - October 2, 2009
When Brittany Harrison decided to volunteer with International Student Volunteers Inc., she had no idea of the adventure she was about to embark on.
Harrison, 20, saw an ISV presentation while studying at the University of Ottawa and was immediately interested. The organization runs programs that focus on local environmental and community development initiatives.
This past ...Read More

Living like a Tico - Julia Donald blogs about her ISV Costa Rica Trip

Living like a Tico - Julia Donald blogs about her ISV Costa Rica Trip Just Another Day Living Like a TicoBlogspot.com - Saturday, January 16, 2010
HOLA!
Wow it's been a long time since I've last blogged.
Costa Rica is absolutely amazing! Though it took us about 2 full days to get here. Our Monday was literally 43 hours long due to the time difference and it took us another half day to get here! We were so exhausted though getting the spend a day in LA was pretty fun. Most of those on the Melbourne group flight went down to Manhattan B...Read More

A First Hand Experience of Costa Rica

A First Hand Experience of Costa Rica Celest Wendendorf - "International Student Volunteers"i-student life - 27 Feb, 2010
I had the incredible opportunity to travel and volunteer in Costa Rica with International Student Volunteers –www.isvolunteers.org
As a country girl it was the first time I had ever travelled out of Australia...Read More

A Peace Corp volunteer praises ISV groups in Costa Rica

A Peace Corp volunteer praises ISV groups in Costa Rica In Search of la pura vida... Experiences of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa RicaBlogspot.com - Feburary 17, 2010
It’s been four eventful months since the last posting to this blog. When I began this page I was hoping to update it every couple of weeks or so, but I’ve found that’s easier said than done. 
Since the last posting I went home for a week during Christmas, my Peace Corps group had it’s Close of Service (COS) conference in late January, a...Read More

Myka from University of Alberta reflects on her time in Costa Rica

Myka from University of Alberta reflects on her time in Costa Rica Shades of Green in Costa Rica
New trail, University of Alberta Alumni Association
Just before my head disappeared under water, I seemed to stop — freeze-frame style — and ponder what, exactly, had brought me to my present situation: being hurled into a fierce class five rapid on Costa Rica’s Rio Pacuare. Sheer madness was all that came to mind. But with my raft capsized and all eight of my fellow passengers, plus our guide, being swe...Read More

Nicola Gledhill from Wellington blogs about her ISV experience in Costa Rica

The Salient , the student magazine of Victoria University, Wellington - Saturday, 27 May 2006
Welcome to part two of my Costa Rica wrap up: the Adventure Tour! It was hard saying goodbye to our host families, but a fun-filled two weeks ahead eased any separation anxiety. After organising our adventure tour groups and meeting our guide (Diego) we were let out on the town for one night. Everyone ended up at the same bar by the end of it ($1 drinks) and we trundled off home in t...Read More

The Wildlife Society publishes an editorial on the ISV Sea Turtle program in Costa Rica

The Wildlife Society publishes an editorial on the ISV Sea Turtle program in Costa Rica Guest Editorial (The Wildlife Society Leadership Chronicles Newsletter - March 2010)
Sea turtles are one of the last remaining dinosaurs to live on planet Earth, yet the notion that these prehistoric reptiles may not survive much longer in this ferocious world is sadly becoming a reality. In fact, statistics suggest that only 1 in 1000 sea turtle hatchlings will survive to adulthood and have a chance to reproduce.
For example, the eastern Pacific leatherback (...Read More

New Zealand

'Hands Across the Water' - The Otago Times on the Sincliar Wetlands Project

Mary Lapuz stands and stretches, dusting the dirt from her hands as her eyes sweep the scene.  The antipodian wetlands that appear to fill the broad space between here and the distant Taieri Plain hills like nothing the urban Canadian-raised Filipino women has experienced in her 19 years.Read More

Cue Haven Blog - May/June 2015

International Student Volunteers is a US based organisation which gives young people the opportunity to combine volunteering with adventure travel.  ISV operates tours in six countries, including New Zealand.  The focus is on conservation and learning about environmental sustainability and over 310 universities around the world recognize ISV projects for academic credit. This week a group of eight students from the US and Canada joined us for a soggy but fun and productive week.&nbs...Read More

Cue Haven Blog - July 2015

International Student Volunteers is a US based organisation which gives young people the opportunity to combine volunteering with adventure travel.  ISV operates tours in six countries, including New Zealand.  The focus is on conservation and learning about environmental sustainability and over 310 universities around the world recognize ISV projects for academic credit.  This is the second time this year a group of ISV students visited CUE Haven.
The team included A...Read More

'Halfway to Living a Dream' - Native Nature Kaitoki Project

THE BURR of American and Scottish voices rolls down steep-sided hills overlooked by the maunga Motatau. It's bitingly cold up here, despite the wash of soft June sun on this remote, rugged Ngati Manu high country deep inside the Taumarere catchment, southwest of Kawakawa. It's a formidable landscape, with its own stark beauty and strength.Read More

Canton woman seeks financial help for volunteer trip

Canton woman seeks financial help for volunteer trip Meghan Montgomery Jones has never met a kiwi bird, but she’ll spend a few weeks this summer safeguarding its habitat.“I am passionate about the Earth and I do my part with recycling and I garden,” said Jones, a Canton resident and a junior at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. “The kiwi is the national bird of New Zealand. They are endangered. I’m happy to get to work with them.”After a representative from International Student Volunteers (ISV) spoke...Read More

2007 Review from a former ISV volunteer

International Student Volunteers (New Zealand)Camolyn Tabin - 2007
I participated with International Student Volunteers in the summer of 2007. I did my volunteer work in New Zealand. My program included two weeks of volunteering and two weeks of adventure travel.
The ISV experience is especially attractive because it combines volunteer work with adventure travel.  Participants have the opportunity to see some of the world's most beautiful places, experience more activitie...Read More

2010 Metcalf Fellows will pursue public service projects abroad this summer

2010 Metcalf Fellows will pursue public service projects abroad this summer
The Rhode Island Foundation - April 23, 2010
Megan M. Nepshinsky, West Kingstown; sophomore, University of Rhode Island
Ms. Nepshinshy will travel to New Zealand and Fiji with International Student Volunteers (ISV), a global volunteer program that combines volunteer and adventure travel. She will work on an environmental conservation project designed to conserve the ha...Read More

NEW ZEALAND - ISV Student Reflects on Positive Volunteer Experiences in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND - ISV Student Reflects on Positive Volunteer Experiences in New Zealand ISV Student Reflects on Positive Volunteer ExperiencesVolunteeringInfo.org
The following review was written excusively for VolunteeringInfo by a previous ISV volunteer. For more information about ISV, please see their organisation entry.
I participated with International Student Volunteers in the summer of 2007. I did my volunteer work in New Z...Read More

South Africa

UCF grad to lead volunteer trip to South Africa

UCF grad to lead volunteer trip to South Africa Traveling abroad during college is an experience most never forget. With International Student Volunteers' abroad program you can travel, make an impact, bolster your résumé and possibly get college credit.IFC, which regional director Caroline Walker, said is an organization that promotes sustainable development initiatives around the world, incorporates university and high school volunteers."We take groups of students overseas to six different countries and we do two-week volun...Read More

Ozark resident, MSU student goes to Africa

Michael Kilkenny, Missouri State student and Ozark resident, will travel to South Africa this summer as a volunteer to assist underprivileged families. Under the leadership International Student Volunteers, Kilkenny will join 20-50 other individuals from around the globe in a four-week program divided into two parts — volunteer projects and adventure travel. During the first two weeks, volunteers will develop community infrastructures and work with families and children who live in extr...Read More

Ecuador

ISV teams up with Sacha Yacu Wild Animal Rescue Centre

ISV teams up with Sacha Yacu Wild Animal Rescue Centre Sacha Yacu Wild Animal Rescue CentreBlogspot.com - lunes 10 de mayo de 2010
During the whole month we have been dedicated to improve all the enclosures. We have put branches, ropes and plants and in some cases, such as for margay and woolly monkey even a new house. For May only left is work on the 2 big capuchin cages.
Review and fixing the peccaries enclosure
The ground continues to slide down in peccaries enclosure, which makes them have the opportunity to escape ...Read More

Talking with the animals

Talking with the animals Talking with the animals BURTON COLE - June 25, 2011
No doubt about it, Jane Marino loves animals. "We often joke that she might become the neighborhood 'cat lady,'" her dad, Joseph Marino of Warren, said.
Instead of cats, this summer it will be more like humpback whales, toucans, gibbons and capuchins.
The 22-year-old zoology and Spanish student at The Ohio State University left Thursday on a four-week International Student Volunteers program in Ecuador. Afterward,...Read More

Eastern Europe

Caring for bears in Croatia

Caring for bears in Croatia Caring for bears in CroatiaLocal resident travels to eastern Europe to care for endangered brown bearsBY EVAN JENSENThe Estacada News, Oct 21, 2009, Updated Oct 30, 2009
When the young Krystal Kyle was in the second grade, she organized the Endangered Species Club with a following of students who shared her passion for protecting animals. Her second grade fundraising-and-awareness campaign never gained the attention of the federal government or like-minded financial suppo...Read More

Kris Leigh blogs about her ISV experience in Croatia

Kris Leigh blogs about her ISV experience in Croatia MY OVERSEAS ADVENTURE Blogspot.com - Sunday, March 28, 2010  
 Hi everyone! 
Last summer, I went to Gvozd, Croatia, to volunteer for a non-profit organization called Suncokret (which means Sunflower in English). It was a very interesting and fun two weeks! We got so much accomplished in our short two weeks - we tiedyed, we built a gravel road, made a garden behind the volunteer house, did many arts and crafts, and played hours upon hours of soccer and voll...Read More

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