Institute for Village Studies believes international education and community-driven development are instrumental in helping village communities achieve their vision for a better future. By becoming a Village Ambassador and a member of IVS's monthly giving program, you can help us continue to take steps to achieve our vision.


  • To become a part of the IVS community!

  • Stay up to date on our work with exclusive updates on our projects and future travel opportunities

  • Join us for events in Bellingham to meet other like-minded individuals

Your contribution will go directly to support our mission to collaborate with village communities to achieve their vision for a better future. Monthly donations by Village Ambassadors will fund a wide variety of community-driven development initiatives and scholarship opportunities for students. With your assistance, we can continue to give more students the chance to participate in our transformational education programs, and hone our approach to more sustainable development.



  • $5 - Hold a community meeting, as a part of IVS's collaborative approach to sustainable development

  • $10 - Support the Moklen Land Rights Protection Fund to advocate for indigenous rights (e.g., transport costs of locals to attend legal hearings to fight encroaching development)

  • $25 - Provide scholarship for Vietnamese student to participate in new IVS program on community development

  • $50 - Construction materials (i.e., cement, sand, steel rods, etc.) to build one earthquake resistant house in rural Nepal

  • $100 - Fund the construction of a reservoir or water project in Myanmar

**These projects are illustrative of how funds raised through the Village Ambassador program might be spent, based on past projects. Donors will be kept up to date on our community projects and the impact their contributions make each year.


The Institute for Village Studies is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our goal is to make sure projects are implemented effectively in a manner that is in alignment with our mission. As such, we reserve the right to redistribute funds and use donations in a way that we see fit. If you have questions on our policy or how your donation will be used, please don't hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you!!