Posts in Category: Volunteer Stories

New Program Leverages Volunteers to Strengthen Enterprises in Bosnia and Herzegovina 

IESC was awarded a new three-year, $4 million project to stimulate job creation by advancing Bosnia and Herzegovina’s trade integration with and expansion into European Union and regional markets. The project is funded by... read more
 

Annual Awards for Service, Dedication, and Achievements 

Celebrating Excellence at IESC
08-Jun-2017 Categories: Press Releases Volunteer Stories Washington
This month, IESC celebrates 53 years of bringing private sector solutions to sustainble economic development. IESC's longevity and success are made possible because of our people. Every year, we recognize employees and... read more
 

IESC Volunteer Lynda Swenson Named VEGA Volunteer of the Year 2016 

14-Dec-2016 Categories: Egypt Lebanon Press Releases Volunteer Stories

On International Volunteer Day, VEGA recognized Lynda Swenson for her extensive history of volunteering—which includes over 50 volunteer assignments in the last 10 years.

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Businesswomen Learn to Get "Real"  

"Before we could work effectively together, one of my key challenges was to assure the owner that her endeavor was, in fact, a real business as worthy as any other."

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For Egypt's Farmers, Support from an Experienced Volunteer 

22-Dec-2015 Categories: Egypt Volunteer Stories
Allyn Lamb is a committed Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer. He has completed assignments in Nigeria, Ghana, and, Egypt. He is a retired executive of Senior Farm Credit System and has years of experience in finance, farm business... read more
 

New Signed Agreement to Field Volunteers in China 

29-May-2015 Categories: China Press Releases Volunteer Stories
On May 11, IESC and the China Association for International Exchange of Personnel (CAIEP) signed a formal agreement to field U.S. volunteer experts in China during 2015. This agreement advances the trilateral initiative... read more
 

IESC Awards 

IESC Honors Volunteers and Staff for Service, Dedication, and Impact On May 13, IESC presented its annual awards to volunteers and staff for their service and dedication to improve lives and livelihoods around the world.... read more
 

Spice Market 

22-May-2015 Categories: Our Impact Sri Lanka Volunteer Stories

Sri Lanka produces some of the highest regarded cinnamon in the world, and it is estimated that the Sri Lankan cinnamon industry has the potential to reap economic benefits for more than 1.5 million people in a country of 20 million. But after years of civil war, Sri Lanka’s economy and the opportunities for the cinnamon industry to leverage its economic potential were stifled. The Facilitating Economic Growth Program (2009-2014) emerged in this context, launching only months after the civil war ended.

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Global Volunteerism and Redefining Aging for the 21st Century 

IESC President Tom Miller has a new essay in the AARP Journal
16-Mar-2015 Categories: China Volunteer Stories

By 2030, China will have the world's largest aged society. By 2050 that population will be larger than the entire current population of the United States. At the same time, America's seniors are more active than ever. They have energy, expertise, and a desire to engage globally.

In the latest issue of The Journal, a publication of AARP International, IESC's president Tom Miller has written an essay titled, "West Meets East," about the partnership between IESC and AARP for a volunteer program in China and redefining aging for the 21st century.

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Donkey Carts and Nervous Banks: Agriculture Lending in Egypt 

Volunteer expert Michael Braden recounts his experience in Egypt with Farmer to Farmer Program
27-Feb-2015 Categories: Egypt Volunteer Stories

Seeing the donkey-drawn carts heaped with hand-harvested corn gave me a taste of the challenges facing Egypt’s agriculture finance sector. Driving past fields in Sohag, Egypt, I contrasted the back breaking field labor these villagers exert to eke out a living on three feddan (3.12 acres), against the efficiencies of behemoth corn choppers I see American farm clients use, machines that harvest the same area in about a minute.

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