International Student Volunteershttp://www.isvolunteers.org/
4848 Lakeview Ave Suite 100a Yorba Linda, CA 92886 United States
Australia: Adelaide, Airlie Beach, Albury and 39 other cities; Bosnia and Herzegovina: Banja Luka, Bihac, Brcko and 4 other cities; Costa Rica: Alajuela, Arenal, Atenas and 36 other cities; Croatia: Beli Manastir, Cres, Dubrovnik and 9 other cities; Dominican Republic: Barahona, Boca Chica, Cabarete and 8 other cities; Ecuador: Ambato, Archidona, Atacames and 22 other cities; Romania; South Africa: Cape Town (Kaapstad), Durban, Greyton and 7 other cities; Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khao Lak and 10 other cities
1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks, 9-12 weeks
Typical Duration of Program
Programs depart regularly throughout the year
International Student Volunteers is a non-profit organization with the best ratings as a student volunteer and adventure travel program in the world. ISV is committed to providing life-changing programs that allow you to make a meaningful difference to a community or environment that needs your help. After your project you can continue your overseas experience with a non-stop, action-packed adventure and cultural tour of your host country.
ISV's standard program is a two-week volunteer project followed by a two-week adventure tour. You can customize your project by adding on additional projects, tours, and excursions. ISV was recently selected as one of the Top 10 volunteer organizations by the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy. The ISV Volunteer and Adventure Travel program is open to everyone, not just students!
Volunteer Projects include:
Elephant conservation, teaching English, monkey rehabilitation, orphanage projects, school/playground/house construction, sea turtle protection, sustainable agriculture, infrastructure building, environmental research and much more!
Tour Activities include:
Three-day whitewater rafting adventure, snorkeling and scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, a week-long yacht cruise in the Adriatic Islands, wildlife safaris, overnight sea-kayaking adventures, glacier trekking and much more.
ISV has a unique model that facilitates a truly extraordinary experience by combining volunteering and adventure travel. You will travel with a group of like-minded participants from around the world with your professional project and tour leaders. The ISV program is a fully organized and professional program that has been working with local communities for many years to offer life-changing volunteer projects that are safe, meaningful, sustainable and, of course, fun!
ISV has been operating our current model of volunteer and adventure travel since 2002. Over 4,500 participants annually sign up to travel with ISV to make a difference around the world. We have a reputation for quality and excellence, as we oversee every aspect of the experience. We have an office in every country we run programs in to ensure participants are well looked after and that projects best fit the needs of the local communities.
Because ISV is a non-profit organization, participants from the USA can raise the cost of their program through tax-deductible donations from their community. ISV offers assistance and ideas to all participants globally regarding fundraising. Because ISV has a strong educational focus, university students are able to apply for academic credit for their participation in the ISV program.
ISV partners with over 100 local host organizations globally that include grass roots community groups, government organizations, non-government organizations, university groups and private initiatives to bring an enormous diversity to the type of projects we offer. Our projects are generally either conservation, community development or a mix of both. ISV works directly with local communities to provide assistance for ongoing sustainable development.
penguin protection, wetland management, flying fox (bat) research, habitat rehabilitation, eco-trail building.
Sydney harbor cruise, rappelling the Blue Mountains, surfing in Byron Bay, scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, white water rafting, aboriginal culture program, visit a wildlife park.
elephant conservation, orphanage programs, monkey rehabilitation, teaching English, children's education, coastal environmental management.
explore Bangkok, overnight sea-kayaking adventure, overnight hill tribe treks, Thai massage and cooking classes, temple visits, rock climbing, elephant feeding, reef snorkeling
sea turtle and dolphin conservation, community support, infrastructure building, eco-tourism development, organic farming, monkey and bird research.
three-day whitewater rafting, volcano visit, waterfall rappelling, ocean kayaking, reef snorkeling, horseback riding, eco-lodge stays, jungle canopy zip-line tours.
Spanish language and dance lesson package available.
Humpback whale community awareness programs, indigenous community support, school and playground construction, jungle management programs, Andean Spectacled Bear research.
glacier climbing on the Cotopaxi volcano glacier, white water rafting, bridge jumping, mountain biking adventure, whale watching, surf lessons, visit to Otovalo markets.
Spanish language and dance lesson package available.
The Dominican Republic:
children's education, community sanitation, school building, hospital visits.
canyoning, horseback riding and waterfall jumping, surf lessons, cave exploration, white water rafting, exploring Santo Domingo.
Spanish language and dance lesson package available.
community restoration, community education, school building, animal conservation, wildlife park maintenance.
surfing at Jeffrey's bay, horseback riding on sand dunes, wildlife safaris and animal spotting, sand-boarding, exploring Cape Town, sea-kayaking alongside fur seals.
children's education, orphanage projects, orphan brown bear conservation, community construction.
week-long yacht cruise on the Adriatic Islands, historic village exploration, rock climbing, hydro-speeding, mountain biking, caving in the Slovenian Alps.
You may also take up exciting extra excursions to enhance your ISV experience at an additional cost. These include:
* Pre-departure Spanish language and dance classes with home stay five Days for Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Ecuador
* Fiji Island holiday: Five days Australian and New Zealand programs
* Peru (Machu Picchu trek) and Galapagos Excursion Ecuador and Costa Rica programs
* Overnight Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef Australia
* Sky Diving Adventures Australia and New Zealand
* Bungy Jumping New Zealand and South Africa
* Combine meaningful volunteer projects with exciting adventure travel
* ISV has support offices in every program country we operate in
* Trained staff to guide your project and tour
* Group travel - you will make friends from across the globe and not be alone
* Educational - learn a lot and possibly receive academic credit (if applicable)
* ISV is not a sending agent - we run our own programs with our own trained staff to ensure you have the most amazing experience possible.
No qualifications are necessary; ISV will give you all the training you need. To maximize your experience it is preferable you can speak English fluently. You do not need to speak the language of your host country, as you will have bi-lingual project and tour leaders to guide your experience. Minimum age is 18 years old by the time of departure. This program is open to everyone, not just students.
Program prices vary. Please see website for details.
Your program price includes quite a lot:
* All accommodation
* All meals in first two weeks (volunteer project) - delicious local cuisine!
* Approximately half of your meals in the second two weeks (adventure tour)
* All ground transportation in the host country (including all in-country airport transfers)
* ISV Adventure Tour activities (minimum five incredible activities per tour)
* An ISV Project Leader to accompany you on the volunteer project
* An ISV Tour Leader to guide you on the Adventure Tour and make sure you have an amazing time
* All in-country orientations upon arrival in the host country
* All administration and promotion costs
* All pre-departure training, manuals and preparation of participants
* In country offices set up to coordinate projects and programs for participants
* Training of all host organizations
* All materials for projects (for example, bricks, mortar, wood, tools)
* Twenty-four hour support for you during the program through our dedicated office and program staff
The program cost also goes towards the equipment or building materials needed for your projects, your in-country support, your adventure activities, your amazing trained project and tour leaders, AND towards the ongoing sustainability and training of each project. We give you and our projects the support and structure many other volunteer organizations cannot, as we have an office in each country to look after your entire experience and develop lasting relationships with the communities in which we operate.
Cost does not include: passport costs, insurance, international flights, in-country domestic flights (if required), vaccinations, spending money, extra activities on tour (available through Optional Activity Package).
Despite our name, any person may volunteer with ISV as long as they are over 18 years old. The majority of our participants are 18-30 years old, but we welcome anyone who wishes to join us and make a difference. You do not need any special skills to volunteer with ISV. We just ask that you are willing to give back to your host country; you are willing to learn as much as you can about the people, environment and issues facing your host country, and are ready to make the best friends along your adventure of a lifetime.
To create an environment that combines conservation, community development, education and recreation into the ultimate adventure travel program for anyone who desires to make a difference by volunteering in local communities abroad.
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