Our volunteers are the experts of today sharing practical knowledge with the experts of tomorrow.
Since 1964, we’ve set the global standard for engaging volunteers to spur global economic development. We leverage our expertise, experience, and strong relationships with more than 7,000 registered experts to field volunteers where they can serve the broadest needs and have the deepest impact on people, businesses, and communities.
Our volunteers go all over the world to work with entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises, exporters, governments, and others to unleash the potential of private enterprise as an engine for growth.
“I believe that only by understanding others can we gain understanding for ourselves. I believe in a world where everyone shares information, so that collective knowledge increases.
I learn something new every day I volunteer.”
– Lynda Swenson, IESC Volunteer Expert and 2016 Volunteer of the Year (VEGA)
- Our volunteers are experts in their industry with years of private sector experience.
- They are motivated, dedicated, and each one has a formidable toolkit at their disposal.
- With deep, practical industry experience, volunteers are uniquely positioned to help generate business for our beneficiaries. A volunteer will often open up their professional network to help a business reach potential buyers in new markets. You can’t put a price tag on that kind of access.
- Many volunteers develop lifelong relationships with people they work with—fostering goodwill with our global neighbors.
We harness the power of volunteers to create opportunity, share knowledge, and build trust.
Volunteers In Action
In Tunisia, organics expert and volunteer Melody Meyer mentored an olive oil producer that was looking to export to the United States. Melody’s careful guidance and support led to a deal with a New York company for 300 tons of organic Tunisian olive oil valued at $1.2 million.
Volunteer Allyn Lamb is an expert in agricultural lending. On his second assignment in Egypt, he designed a microfinance lending program for livestock producers in collaboration with loan officers, livestock growers, veterinarians, and potential customers.
In Cambodia, volunteer Lisa Larson used her decades of experience in organizational management to develop a tool to help local nonprofit organizations assess their capabilities and plan for a sustainable future.