The Growth International Volunteer Excursions program is visiting UCSB today, aiming to draw college students interested in global volunteerism and adventure.

G.I.V.E. helps develop rural communities’ infrastructures by providing safe drinking water, constructing elementary schools and creating basic health care plans. The organization will host information sessions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the UCen’s Harbor Room.

According to G.I.V.E. Director of International Operations Jake Allison, volunteers will help foster growth in developing Nicaraguan towns.

“[G.I.V.E.] is truly focused on the issue of sustainability and increasing peoples’ global awareness,” Allison said. “Our volunteers work side by side with local communities which makes G.I.V.E. different than other study abroad or travel programs.”

Allison said the timeline of project operations provides participants a unique traveling experience with a minimal time commitment.

“You’ll see more in two weeks than what other travelers see in a full month,” Allison said.

G.I.V.E. offers a variety of programs for UCSB students from every major. Visit G.I.V.E.’s website at for additional information and applications.