ISV (International Student Volunteers)

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

Destinations include South Africa, Costa Rica, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and the Dominican Republic. ISV has won multiple awards and over 30,000 participants from around the world have experienced their educational, cultural and adventure programs. Volunteers can join small teams for two-week projects in the field of conservation or community development, followed by a two week adventure tour. Many students earn academic credit for their involvement and highly qualified local staff carefully oversee programs in each country. ISV is recognized as one of the highest rated volunteer and travel organizations in the world and is a non-profit organization in California, USA. Its Australian operations are based in Sydney. Begin your ISV adventure today!

Programs from ISV

Program Reviews

  • Kayla
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Baton Rouge, LA, USA
    Louisiana State University- Baton Rouge
    Community Project in San Jose
    08/29/2015

    This was an absolutely life changing experience. Living with my host family was one of the best parts, because even though we barely spoke each other's language, my host sisters taught me so much and we played and had fun. By the end of the two weeks, it was tears all around and promises to be back. We joked and laughed and danced while working and the breaks were filled with fun games and getting to know the other volunteers. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything on the world and I can't wait to go back!

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    Me and one of my sisters, Jazmin
    Playing kickball
    Making smores and singing some songs
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  • Rachel
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Tucson, Arizona
    University of Arizona
    EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME
    08/28/2015

    I don't think that I can even come close to describing my experience in Costa Rica with ISV. Just like everyone has said, it really is a life changing experience, and made for the best summer of my life. Although traveling around Costa Rica was a blast and a beautiful experience, nothing could compare to the actual volunteering. The people I met during my project made this trip amazing! My project leaders were phenomenal and so much fun, the volunteers became life-long friends, and the community made us all a family. This was an eye opening experience, that made me so grateful for what I have. I fell in love with Costa Rica and all the memories there. I would 110% recommend this to everyone!!!

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  • Kelsey
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Towson University
    ISV Gave Me the Best Summer of My Life
    08/28/2015

    Traveling to Australia through ISV was easily the best experience I've ever got to be a part of! From the moment we stepped off the plane in Brisbane, everyone we came across made us feel so welcomed in this new environment. My project leader was amazing, and our project hosts at Wild Mountains were some of the greatest, most passionate people I've ever met in my life. It was amazing to see the kind of impact we got to make on our world in those two short volunteer weeks. The adventure tour was also amazing! In the two weeks, I got to experience so many amazing adventures that most people won't even get to experience in their whole lifetime. From bungee jumping, to white water rafting, to abseling off the side of a mountain. ISV really helped me push myself out of my comfort zone and I couldn't be more grateful for the experiences and the people I got to meet while doing this once in a lifetime trip. Thanks ISV!!!

    How could this program be improved?

    I wish there was more time in Sydney like there was in Cairns. I feel like Sydney has so much to offer and we didn't get to experience enough of it! Other than that I loved this program.

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  • Conner
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Rohnert Park, California
    Sonoma State University
    Once in a lifetime opportunity. Don't miss out on this amazing experience!
    08/27/2015

    Traveling to South Africa and getting to spend a month working with animals and becoming immersed in the culture was unbelievable. I met some amazing people and the memories from this trip will last a lifetime. Bottle-feeding baby antelope, sitting by a watering hole for hours watching the wildlife, going on safaris, making friends, swimming with dolphins, cave exploring, spending the day with elephants, and going kaloofing are just a few of the awesome things we got to do on this trip. Coming home after being in Africa for a month has changed me forever in a positive way and my hope is that I can use these experiences to enlighten and encourage others to experience this for themselves.

    How could this program be improved?

    The program was fairly expensive but for an opportunity like this, who knows if you'll ever get to go back! So it's definitely worth it.

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  • Jillian
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Tampa, Florida
    University of South Florida
    Best Experience of my Life
    08/27/2015

    Looking back at my experience in Costa Rica I have come to terms with the fact that this trip was truly the greatest time of my life. I met some incredible people and got to work with amazing creatures.

    How could this program be improved?

    I would improve this program by warning new participants about the extreme conditions you live in at Nancite and that they really need to be in good physical shape for this location. The price seems a little high as well for our accommodations.

    Photos:
    I was lucky enough to see an olive ridley sea turtle lay her eggs during the day.
    The amazing sunset at Nancite, Costa Rica.
    My incredible volunteer group on our hike to go pick up food for our camp site in Nancite, Costa Rica.
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