Student Volunteers

With our proximity to multiple Eastern Iowa universities, Global Ties Iowa provides great opportunities for students to practice global citizenship and make connections from all around the world.

The following opportunities are unique to students. Students are also welcome to participate in other volunteer activities at Global Ties Iowa.

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Join the Youth Leadership Program

The Youth Leadership Program is a new program hosted by Global Ties Iowa that allows local and rural youth to learn about foreign business policy and its impact on our community. Through meetings with local and international speakers, participants will be introduced to concepts that will help them give back to their local community, discover new ways to support our economy, and help spur business growth in Iowa through international cooperation. 


A few participants of this program will also be chosen to become Youth Leadership fellows, who have the opportunity to write about various international concerns that impact our local community. These Youth Leadership fellows will also provide organizational support to Global Ties Iowa in other ways that align with our mission. 


This program will be held virtually and will be offered in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. To sign up, click here.

Official Partners


We are looking for volunteer liaisons to work with our student interns. Liaisons work with our student interns to create a profile of their country, which will be used as resources for local host families to better interact with people from other cultures. The ideal liaison would be someone with 10+ years of experience in a foreign country and who lives in Eastern Iowa.


Responsibilities for this role include:

  • Reviewing the student interns’ country reports for accuracy.

  • Attending and being filmed/interviewed for a compensated meal with the student. This meal could be in-person or virtual.


If interested in this opportunity, please click here.

Become a Volunteer Liaison

Questions?  Contact us at 319.569.1115 or email!

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