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The UIAA has been sending students overseas for volunteer service trips since 2005 with Magid Scholarships. Pictured here is Lily Allen-Duenas, who worked with children in Romania in 2010.

Cuba lies less than 100 miles from Florida, but for decades, few Americans have visited the neighboring island nation.

In June, two University of Iowa students will experience Cuba firsthand as part…

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Operation Romania

Since 2005, the UI Alumni Association’s Iowa Voyagers has offered a few select students a fulfilling and often life-changing travel opportunity through the Operation Romania student volunteer program. Selected students travel to Romania to join a team of caring people working to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in the country. While there, the students help nurture babies and toddlers…

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An Excursion to America’s Last Frontier


Just a couple weeks ago, the University of Iowa Alumni Association’s Iowa Voyagers boarded Oceania Cruises’ flagship vessel the Regatta for a 10-day cruise from Seattle to Alaska’s picturesque Inside Passage. Highlights of the trip included enjoying fresh Dungeness crab in Ketchikan, a tour of downtown Juneau, a sail alongside the famous Hubbard Glacier, visits to the Alaskan ports of…

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Where In The World Is Herky?

Have you always wanted to see the world? Is there one country or continent that you just have to visit in your lifetime? The University of Iowa Alumni Association’s Iowa Voyagers are proud to bring dozens of exciting travel packages to our members and friends of the university. From exhilarating excursions to calming cruises, Iowa Voyagers work to make travel…

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Get Away With The UIAA

April showers bring May flowers (and flooded basements). May flowers bring sunshine (hopefully) and vacation plans. As the summer season approaches many of us can’t help but dream about that weekend in a lakeside cabin or that dream golf getaway. Here at the UIAA, we’re happy to offer our members travel benefits that help make their trips just a little…

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Kindred Spirits in Cuba

The UI community shares common passions for art, literature, dance, music, and food with like-minded citizens of Cuba. This January 22-29, our Iowa Voyagers travelers will be able to share cultures on a people-to-people exchange trip with our Caribbean neighbors to the south. Our customized itinerary includes special visits and interactions with Cuban artists, dancers, painters, poets, authors, and even small…

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Royal Lily

Here at the UIAA, we’re super proud of a remarkable student we came to know two years ago through our Iowa Voyagers program. This year’s UI Homecoming Queen, Lily Allen-Duenas, traveled in 2010 on our “Operation Romania” service trip, which offers scholarships to deserving young people who wish to make a difference in the world. While there, she nurtured and…

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Traveling for the Greater Good

I  had a very successful experience on August 28 at the University of Iowa Volunteer Fair, where I spoke to UI students about a volunteer opportunity to work with disadvantaged children in Romania. This opportunity—now in its 8th year—is made possible by the Dr. Ken Magid Child Advocacy Scholarship, funded by UIAA board member LindaBaker (UIAA Directors Club Honors Circle Member,…

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Wintering in Europe

Iowa Voyagers is offering a unique opportunity to spend some time in Europe this holiday season! From November 29-December 6, cozy Christmas markets, quaint shops and restaurants, and festive charms await the adventurous traveler in Bavaria and Austria. Sightseeing highlights include Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg, Benedictine Abbey in Melk, the Fine Arts Museum and St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, and the…

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The Importance of Being Hungry

Drawing influences from the Caribbean, Spain, and Africa, the cuisine of Cuba provides a flavorful experience for visitors. Fresh seafood, rice, and unique seasonings feature prominently, and distinctive Cuban variations of dishes like paella and stews are sure to please any palate.

Experiencing the cuisine of Cuba is just part of the full-time schedule of exchange program educational activities. Our first…

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