Student Volunteer Service Travel

Volunteerism is at an all-time high among college students. Iowa Voyagers offers you ways to make a difference in the lives of children!

Our volunteer service trips are some of the most fulfilling experiences you’ll have as a UI student! Not only will you be improving the daily lives of deserving children, you’ll challenge yourself, learn about other cultures, and form lasting bonds and friendships.

Each year UI students join teams of caring people who travel overseas to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. For two weeks, they nurture babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in daycare settings, help school-age children practice their conversational English skills, and assist with community projects that benefit youth.

There are three locations where you can serve: Romania, Ecuador, and Cuba. Scholarships are available for UI students.

2018 Programs

Application Deadline: Feb. 2, 2018

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Meet the 2017 Participants

Our 2017 service scholarship participants experienced life-impacting work in their respective countries.

2017 scholarship recipients, left to right, Faith Nieketien, Akpevwe Ikoba, Shayna Nathwani, Dahlia Quintanilla, Hannah Quick. Not shown, Katie Agey.

Served in Ecuador - May 2017

  • Dahlia Quintanilla
  • Katie Agey

Served in Cuba - June 2017

  • Akpevwe Ikoba
  • Hannah Quick

Will serve in Romania - May 2018

  • Faith Nieketien
  • Shayna Nathwani

Meet the 2016 Participants

Left to right: Micah, Amira, Alyssa McIntyre, Ben, Alyssa Peiffer, Margaret

Served in Ecuador
May 14 – 28, 2016

  • Micah Jude Augusma, Freshman from Grimes, IA.
    Medical Anthropology major
  • Margaret Mary Timm, Junior from Byron, IL.
    Nursing major
  • Alyssa Catherine Peiffer, Sophomore from Gurnee, IL.
    Elementary Education major
  • Alyssa Clare-Ann McIntyre, Sophomore from Bondurant, IA.
    Therapeutic Recreation major

Served in Cuba
June 18 – July 2, 2016

  • Benjamin John Hyland, Sophomore from Vinton, IA.
    Economics and International Relations major
  • Amira Shehan Nash, Junior from North Liberty, IA.
    Psychology & Secondary Education major