Student Volunteer Service Trips

Founded in 2005 by donor and UI graduate Linda Baker, the Dr. Ken Magid Child Advocacy Service Scholarship is available for qualified UI students.We are proud to continue this tradition in 2017 and beyond.

2017 Program Dates:

Romania: May 20 - June 3, 2017

Ecuador: May 20 - June 3, 2017

Cuba: June 3 - 17, 2017

Application Deadline — Feb. 10, 2017

Scholarship Application Details

All trips are operated by Global Volunteers

Congratulations to our
2016 scholarship awardees!

2016 Scholarship Awardees
In photo, from left to right: Micah, Amira, Alyssa McIntyre,
Ben, Alyssa Peiffer, Margaret

Serving 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

Serving 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

The UI Alumni Association Iowa Voyagers offers opportunities for UI students to travel overseas on volunteer service programs. We encourage students to take advantage of these opportunities not only to serve, but to experience other cultures.

Student Volunteer Service Travel

Our volunteer service trips are some of the most fulfilling student programs – not only for the UI student volunteers and the children they help, but also for our generous donor whose funds make these experiences possible. Traditionally, there have been two locations where students can serve: Romania and Ecuador. Now we've added a third location -- Cuba!

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 pre-schoolers in daycare settings, help school-age children practice their conversational English skills, and assist with community projects that benefit youth.

Scholarship Brochure

Scholarship recipient and Ecuador trip participant, Caitlin Sturms-Salyer, is featured on the Global Volunteers website The Best Thing I've Ever Done.
Iowa Voyagers traveler Lily Allen-Dueñas shares why her volunteer trip to a Romanian orphanage left her with a heart wide open. Read the Iowa Alumni Magazine article, "A Heart Wide Open."