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Madison Hayes has been selected to represent The University of Georgia by volunteering in South Africa this summer with International Student Volunteers (ISV), an educational volunteer travel organization. And, is seeking your help, so that a difference abroad this summer.
ISV is an internationally recognized and award-winning organization that sends university students from the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to various countries around the world in an effort to impact entire communities and endangered habitats in need.
I am so excited for this opportunity to have a positive impact on the world, but, as you may know, international travel can be costly. This is why I’m asking for your help. I would be very grateful if you could fund me in the amount of just $3 per hour for my commitment to 80 hours of volunteer work in community development to equal a total amount of $240. I would genuinely appreciate, however, any amount of financial support you might offer.
Your funds will go toward my goal for program and travel costs (approximately $8,000), covering my accommodations, meals, airfare, volunteer project materials and support, ground transportation, and project and tour guidance and support. The cost of the program itself is close to $5,000, but this does not include airfare to South Africa which can easily reach $2,000, nor does it include about a fourth of my meals, which I will have to purchase on my own.
While on my community development project, I’ll learn about the social and financial challenges of people living in developing countries and communities, which will strengthen my understanding of the world and lead me on a path of humanitarian efforts to impact our world for years to come. Past ISV volunteers have worked with children in orphanages and rescue centers; built schools, medical facilities and community gardens; and more. With your help, I will be able to broaden my cultural and social awareness, as well as improve the quality of life for disadvantaged families and children.
Because I am an Anthropology major and plan on applying to the Global Health and Global Studies certificates at the University of Georgia, the trip and projects will allow me to get a hands-on experience in my major and potentially my future.
Again, I would greatly appreciate any funds you can give — from small to large amounts — it will all add up! As my financial supporter for this volunteer program, there are three ways you can make your fundraising payment towards my trip costs.

  1. Online to ISV – Go to www.isvolunteers.org/payments, select “Fundraising Payment” as the payment type, and complete the participant and supporter information sections before submitting your payment.
  2. By Mail to ISV – Please make your check payable to ISV and write my name and ISV ID number, #500921 in the memo. Mail your check to the ISV office at: 4848 Lakeview Ave. Suite 100A, Yorba Linda, CA, 92886 USA.
  3. By Mail to me – Please make your check payable to me, and mail your check to my address below.

Any financial support you can offer will go a long way toward changing the lives of others, including mine! Thank you so much for your consideration. Payment deadline is March 23, 2016, which is 65 days prior to my departure to South Africa. If you have any questions or concerns regarding funding, volunteer programs, etc. please feel free to contact me at the phone number and email listed above.