Posts in Category: Volunteer Stories

Unstable Ground: A Volunteer Helps with China's Sinkhole Problem (Photo Essay) 

01-Aug-2014 Categories: China Volunteer Stories
August 1, 2014 -- IESC is delivering a new volunteer program in China. Experienced industry experts go for short-term consultations to advise Chinese organizations on global best practices and standards. Among our first... read more
 

Some Notes from Kharkov from a Volunteer 

05-May-2014 Categories: Ukraine Volunteer Stories
Joseph Brett recounts time in Ukraine November 1993. I stood at the apex of the Vietnam Memorial with former communist leaders from Kharkov, Ukraine, our faces reflected against the names of the dead etched forever into... read more
 

IESC Volunteer Helps Women Artisans Achieve Economic Independence  

05-May-2014 Categories: Our Impact Sri Lanka Volunteer Stories

Ms. Cheick has volunteered with International Executive Service Corps (IESC) five times since 2004, making trips to Ghana, Benin, Swaziland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Lesotho to train artisans to access markets and develop export-quality products. In 2012, she traveled to Sri Lanka to advise the development of the Sri Lanka Peace Collection, an initiative to assist war widows in traditional handloom textile weaving centers by creating a competitive brand for international markets.

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Volunteer Shares Organics Expertise In Tunisia 

24-Apr-2014 Categories: Our Impact Tunisia Volunteer Stories
Volunteering is a real world way to get outside our desires, and ourselves, to experience something new and rewarding. It’s a way to truly give, just for the satisfaction of helping others achieve a better life.” -Melody... read more
 

Volunteering as a First Step 

25-Feb-2014 Categories: Press Releases Volunteer Stories
"Volunteering ... can be a good way to get your foot in the door and determine whether you enjoy living and working abroad. International Executive Service Corps (www.iesc.org) recruits retirees from a variety of... read more
 

Russian Hospitality 

16-Jan-2014 Categories: Russia Volunteer Stories
Russian teatime Volunteer expert Richard Kahlson recalls his time in Russia just after the collapse of the Soviet Union Shortly after Perestroika, in 1996, IESC sent us to Vladimir,... read more
 

A Second Generation Volunteer 

Father and son both dedicated to IESC's mission
10-Jan-2014 Categories: Volunteer Stories

In 1964, my father Albert E. Koehl read a story by James Reston in the New York Times about a proposed new international volunteer organization for experienced business people. He doggedly tried to contact the planners and ultimately had lunch with Frank Pace where they discussed the organization.

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Toasting Our Presidents: A Volunteer on Assignment in Georgia 

09-Jan-2014 Categories: Georgia Volunteer Stories
My assignment was to provide assistance to business associations in order to help them develop advocacy skills as part of IESC’s Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Support Project in the Republic of Georgia. I met with the... read more
 

Can I Play the Duduk With You? 

Volunteer expert Rick Hibberd shares his experience in Armenia
06-Jan-2014 Categories: Armenia Volunteer Stories
Consultant Rick Hibberd (on the right) at The London Tourism Show My IESC project in Armenia included branding their first tourism campaign with logo and slogan "Armenia: Timeless... read more
 

Barev Dzez! 

Volunteer expert Donna Howard enjoys Armenian coffee with a shoemaker
06-Jan-2014 Categories: Armenia Volunteer Stories

The Armenians are extremely hospitable. Their phrase for hospitality is "to love our guest." At every NGO I visited, I was offered tea or coffee, and I usually accept tea. Tea is a ritual in Armenia, which, I realize now, includes a nice cloth or scarf placed on the table, the loveliest cups or glasses one has, and a plate of cookies or candy at the most humble of locations.

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