December 4, 2017

Lisa Larson, an experienced IT management, software development, and organizational change consultant, received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) for her work in Cambodia and Lebanon.

The award was presented on Tuesday, December 5, which is recognized by the United Nations as International Volunteer Day. The award ceremony also recognized several members of Congress for their…

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February 29, 2016

Businesswomen Learn to Get “Real”
By Carrol McCarren 

Photo: World Bank/Flickr

Women entrepreneurs are often motivated by different factors than men when they create a business. For many women, the decision to start a business venture is borne out of financial need, rather than a consciously chosen career path. Without enough income to support the family, a woman might begin by sewing clothes, growing tomatoes, or selling…

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December 22, 2015

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 management, business development, and credit. Now with the Center for Dairy Excellence of Pennsylvania, he was previously president and CEO at AgChoice Farm Credit, which is also in Pennsylvania.

Allyn Lamb helped…

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May 22, 2015

A seasoned expert helps Sri Lanka’s cinnamon industry
Sri Lanka produces some of the highest regarded cinnamon in the world. This smallholder crop packs quite a punch. Ceylon cinnamon, which comes from a tree native to Sri Lanka, has been shown to lower blood sugar in people with diabetes without the risk of liver damage, which can occur with high doses of the related cassia cinnamon that is often sold in grocery stores. Ceylon cinnamon also…

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April 30, 2015

This post was sent in by IESC volunteer Michael Braden. Michael is currently vice president, senior underwriter, and portfolio manager for agriculture finance at Key Bank in Salem, Oregon. He is an expert in finance and agriculture lending. Michael has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University. He traveled to Egypt in October 2014 as part of the Farmer to…

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April 30, 2015

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 the polished black granite walls. Most everyone is moved by the memorial, and we were no exception.

We had hand-picked this delegation of 10 government administrators from Kharkov earlier in the year. My title was project…

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April 30, 2015

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, Russia. From American television we had the idea that Russians are rather cold and distant people who seldom smiled. However, during our time in Russia we discovered their warmth and hospitality.

The project was a huge success and we made…

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April 30, 2015

IESC Volunteer Albert E. Koehl

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.

Within a year, my father and mother Elaine went on their first overseas assignment with IESC…

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April 30, 2015

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 officials in Tbilisi and then went to the regions outside the capital.

Volunteer Jeff Rogo (left), translator Maya Kharebashvili, and Zugdidi Chamber President Yuri Tsotseria

Before my arrival, Mr….

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April 30, 2015

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 ‘Undiscovered” and creating exhibits for International Tourism Bourse 2000, Berlin’s mammoth trade show, later London’s World Travel Mart.

I also designed a tourist information center opposite Yerevan’s lively vernissage* for souvenirs, jewelry,…

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April 30, 2015

Volunteer Donna Howard

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. No Styrofoam cups! Quite a…

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March 16, 2015

Photo: AARP International

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 President Tom Miller has published an essay…

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August 1, 2014

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 group of experts, who will soon return to the U.S., is Ted Smith, a sinkhole expert from Florida, who traveled to Shandong and Shanxi Provinces to assess and advise on China’s significant sinkhole problem.

In Zibo,…

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May 5, 2014

Haoua Cheick Seip (right) worked with women weavers in Sri Lanka

Five-time volunteer Haoua Cheick Seip assists war widows in Sri Lanka
Haoua Cheick Seip is the founder of Africa Creations, a wholesaler of handmade African products with a mission to help women artisans achieve economic independence and preserve cultural heritage through creation and sale of traditional crafts. As a consultant and entrepreneur, she has linked…

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April 24, 2014

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 Meyer
For almost 50 years, IESC has set the global standard for identifying and deploying Volunteer Experts (VEs) in technical and managerial assistance    projects overseas. IESC VEs report great satisfaction from helping…

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December 13, 2013

For almost 50 years, IESC has set the global standard for identifying and deploying volunteer experts for technical and managerial assistance projects overseas. IESC volunteer experts bring years of professional experience to help businesses and organizations in emerging market economies improve their operations and compete more effectively.

However, for many people, volunteering is a two-way street. IESC volunteer experts often say they…

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