Community-Driven Development

Village Solutions for Global Change

Our approach is bottom-up rather than top-down. We believe the most effective and lasting solutions come from local communities rather than outside experts. Our role is to strengthen these efforts not to design them. We partner with visionary local leaders and organizations with the determination to help their communities thrive and support them through capacity building, technical support, networks, and financial resources.

Community development and community engagement in Gatlang, Nepal

Cross-Cultural Education

Study Abroad and Responsible Travel

We offer transformative educational opportunities to learn about village cultures, indigenous knowledge, and grassroots development. These programs strive to create lasting cross-cultural relationships built on mutual respect and reciprocity. Grounded in principles of responsible travel, they maintain the welfare of the communities and the integrity of the environments we visit.

Get Involved:

You can help build the IVS community and uphold our values for social and environmental justice. We love to connect people to the causes they are passionate about supporting, so there are many different ways for you to get involved!


Travel with us

By participating in a study abroad or travel program, you can see the IVS development model in action and support our work.


be a village ambassador

It takes a village to support our work! For as little as $5.00 per month, you can contribute to community initiatives.


alumni opportunities

After students return home we encourage them to stay involved in IVS projects and use the skills they learned abroad locally.


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