International Outreach Initiative

IOI is a transnational nonprofit that empowers isolated communities to grow sustainably through financial and technical assistance funded by international education travel. Their mission is to provide international education programs that support the education, conservation, and social development of isolated communities.

They strive to help establish ecological sustainability and social stability in their host communities by applying thoughtful assistance and expertise to local needs. They offer volunteer opportunities in conservation, education, and social development, that provide their participants with life changing experiences, and their local partners with funding, expertise, and human power on site.

Furthermore, they offer study abroad programs in which students spend up to three months studying the local environment and learning the local culture. 

Their projects and collaborations are focused on Ecuador and Cuba. They not only take to the waters, work with turtle breeders and educate local fishermen on sustainable fishing, a lot of their efforts are around the social and environmental stability and sustainability of the communities that they work in. 

International Outreach Initiative at a glance:

– Puerto Villamil, Isabella Island, Galapagos, Ecuador
Cocodrilo, Isle of Youth, Cuba


Date of Foundation: 2006

Main Focus: 

  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Ecosystem Conservation
  • Research
  • Education

Volunteering Opportunities: Yes



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