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ISV Mission Statement

ISV's mission is to support sustainable development initiatives around the world through life-changing student volunteer and responsible adventure travel programs designed to positively change our world and to educate, inspire and result in more active global citizens.

What is ISV? To know anything about ISV, look beyond the logo and brochure, and look at the people who breathe life into the organisation.

ISV is a family, joined together by our commitment and passion for contributing to a better planet and helping disadvantaged people.

We pride ourselves on our dedication, values and ethical approach to all that we do, but also on our collective professional and academic experiences in volunteerism, sustainability, outdoor leadership and adventure, and student-care.

We are women and men from multiple countries around the world who share our common vision. We are biologists, social workers, intrepid travellers, young and young at heart, students and also people with families of our own, so we can relate to what it means to send our loved ones overseas.

Longevity is powerful. Many staff have served for ISV for 10 or more years, and a big part of our student care office teams are made up of ISV alumni, who understand the needs of volunteers well, having personally experienced the ISV program themselves. Our program directors have also served as project and tour leaders, so they can directly relate and are equipped to the challenges we face on a daily basis in volunteerism and travel.

True to our stated values, we believe in building capacity locally, and our host country offices are run by talented full time local employees and citizens who have the deepest commitment to developing and facilitating the most meaningful and effective programs possible for their own countries.

ISV is a family, and there are no better people to guide you on your volunteer and travel experience anywhere.
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Randy Sykes

Randy Sykes

Founder / ISV International Director

Randy  is the founder and International Director of International Student Volunteers. For over 35 years Randy has been successfully operating cultural exchange,education education, volunteer and travel programs for tens of thousands of university students on six continents. Randy is originally from Southern California and has a background in outdoor recreation and the performing arts. Randy's vision of making a global difference by volunteering has been the inspiration for the growth of ISV, escalating ISV to one of the largest volunteer programs of its kind internationally. Randy is a motivator who has spent a great deal of his time speaking and/or training thousands of students and educators globally. Randy was recently elected to serve on the Board of WYSE Work Abroad (an association of the World Youth and Student Education Travel Confederation). Read More

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