International Service Corps

A program of YMCA Alumni

An opportunity for international service

A once-in-a-lifetime experience

The International Service Corps (ISC) is an exciting program initiative of YMCA Alumni. ISC offers volunteer service opportunities to members that include short and mid-term volunteer placement in YMCAs in other countries.

The scope and the length of each assignment varies based on the needs and the specific request of the host YMCA. YMCA Alumni membership is essentially a large talent pool of retired YMCA professionals ready to serve.

Typical assignments include YMCA administration, board and program development, fundraising, staff training, sports administration and teaching English as a second language, to list a few.

Costs are shared by ISC, the host YMCA, and the volunteer. ISC will typically cover the cost of round-trip travel, visa, and immunizations. The host YMCA will provide housing, local transportation, a number of meals and, in some cases, a weekly stipend. The volunteer will typically pay for food, personal expenses, health insurance and entertainment.

ISC offers YMCA Alumni members a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about their community and their country in ways you wouldn’t have known already and certainly not as a tourist. Please fill out an application for service so we will be ready to match your skills to the needs of a host YMCA without delay.

Volunteer Interest Form

Contact ISC

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Leading the way

ISC is managed by a committee of representatives from each YMCA Alumni chapter chaired by Bob Martin of the Willis Chapter. The committee reports to the YMCA Alumni Board of Directors.

Special Opportunity:
Short-term service in Mexico in October 2024

The Casas de Mores Migrantes YMCA was established in Tijuana, Mexico in 1991. It is a shelter for unaccompanied and deported children where they stay until they get proper documentation or are reunited with their families. A team of 8-10 volunteers are needed to paint, clean, and refurbish in Tijuana Mexico. Assisting in meal preparation and delivering care packages to teens may also be part of the duties. Working with the YMCA of San Diego, the team will stay at a nearby hotel in Tijuana and lodging costs will be covered. October 21-26, 2024. Submit the application form above or email Bob Martin for more information.

Current opportunities to serve

YMCAs from other countries have requested volunteers from ISC for a variety of service opportunities. Here are current opportunities. Have an interest in any of them? Just click the button at the bottom and send us a note asking for the details on any opportunity in which you might be interested. All are face-to-face onsite experiences unless otherwise noted.


The YMCA of Grand Bahamas in Freeport brings as many as 500 children a day into its aquatics programs. The Y requests support in aquatics programming, government grant writing, staff development and member services.

Teresa Hill of the Grand Canyon Chapter was on ISC assignment at the YMCA of the Grand Bahamas in November 2023, developing and enhancing the Ys aquatics  programs, providing staff and customer service training, and consulting on  funding.  

Dominican Republic

The YMCA of the Dominican Republic (ACJ/YMCA), founded in 1963, seeks support in day care at an elementary school, including computer training,  aquatic program development and teaching swim lessons. Assignment: Fall 2024.


YMCA Macedonia in Bitola was formed in 1999 and serves more than 2,000 young people annually. The Y seeks support in governance (constitution revisions, policies, guidance), and building a focus on long-term sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Assignment: Summer 2025.


YMCA Uruguay was founded more than a century ago in Montevideo. The Salto Y, in  the northwest part of the country, requests support for leadership training in marketing of the YMCA brand and image; positioning of the YMCA abroad and on the international agenda;  development of financial campaigns and retaining volunteers. Assignment: 2025.