International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

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IVHQ (International Volunteer HQ) provides safe, unique, meaningful and extremely affordable volunteer programs in 32 countries around the world, with a constantly expanding base. Programs are available in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Pacific, where IVHQ works alongside local NGOs to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities. Currently, IVHQ has programs in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Morocco, Victoria Falls, Madagascar, Bali, China, Nepal, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Laos, the Philippines, Fiji, Romania, Italy, Spain and Portugal!

Whether you're taking a volunteer vacation, a gap year, or on a career break, IVHQ has a wide variety of programs ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks to fit anyone's schedule. Browse through the programs below and visit the IVHQ website for more information.

Programs from IVHQ

  • Volunteering in India with IVHQ
    India
    Volunteer abroad with IVHQ in India! Highly affordable programs are available anywhere from a week to 6 months. There are a...
    54 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteering in Cambodia with IVHQ
    Cambodia
    Volunteers are needed in Cambodia to volunteer in a range of highly affordable projects, including working with NGO's,...
    22 reviews
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    Staff Interviews
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  • Volunteer Abroad in Ghana in an Orphanage with International Volunteer HQ
    Ghana
    IVHQ offers a variety of highly affordable programs in the greater Accra region of Ghana. Programs start on the 1st and 15th...
    21 reviews
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  • Volunteer in Uganda with IVHQ
    Uganda
    Volunteer abroad in Uganda with IVHQ! Ever year, IVHQ sends hundreds of volunteers to Uganda to participate in a variety of...
    18 reviews
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  • Volunteer in childcare in Tanzania with IVHQ
    Tanzania
    Volunteer in Tanzania with IVHQ! With diverse NGO partnerships in Tanzania, IVHQ is able to offer a variety of highly...
    18 reviews
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  • Teaching volunteer in Bali with IVHQ
    Indonesia
    IVHQ offers a wide range of affordable and interesting volunteer opportunities in Bali's cultural center of Ubud. Volunteers...
    17 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteer in Childcare in Kenya with IVHQ
    Kenya
    Volunteers are needed in Kenya to volunteer in a range of projects, including community development, sports education, HIV/...
    16 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
  • Volunteering in Costa Rica with IVHQ
    Costa Rica
    IVHQ's partner organizations in Costa Rica are always looking for great volunteers! Highly affordable programs are available...
    15 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteer Programs in Bogota with IVHQ
    Colombia
    IVHQ offers a range of highly affordable volunteer programs in Bogota, Colombia. Participants have the opportunity to join a...
    14 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
  • Volunteering in Cusco with IVHQ
    Peru
    IVHQ offers highly affordable volunteer programs in Cusco, Peru. A wide variety of projects are available here, including...
    14 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Multiple Countries
    Many countries are desperate to have qualified teachers to help educate their youth. IVHQ provides several opportunities for...
    14 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • IVHQ childcare volunteer in Guatemala
    Guatemala
    Volunteer abroad in Guatemala with IVHQ! Highly affordable volunteer programs are available in a variety of fields including...
    13 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteer in Ecuador with IVHQ
    Ecuador
    Volunteer in Ecuador with IVHQ! Along with partner organizations in Ecuador, IVHQ is able to offer a variety of highly...
    13 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Brazil
    IVHQ offers a variety of highly affordable volunteer programs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, including sports coaching,...
    13 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • Wildlife Conservation in Victoria Falls with IVHQ
    Zimbabwe
    International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) offers a very special Wildlife Conservation project, working and living in the midst of...
    13 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.

Program Reviews

  • Jessica
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    MURWILLUMBAH
    10/10
    IVHQ KENYA TRIP
    05/21/2016

    On the 29th of December 2015 i embarked my journey to Kenya, 18 years of age I decided to challenge myself and travel alone to a foreign country. I arrived in Kenya after a long flight with a short stop over i arrived on the 31st, just in time for the new year celebrations! I was greeted at the airport by Joe, and IVHQ driver who made me feel more than welcome. We arrived safe in Kawagware, were i was greeted by a loving Kenyan family and fellow IVHQ Volunteers.

    We had our orientation, were we were informed on the safety and what not to do, after a day of orientation we set out to seperate towns. Placed in Rironi, with the most caring loving host Mum, Winnie, for three weeks i would call this my home. On our first day Winnie walked me to my placement SADAI Childrens home, Where we were greeted by the most excitable loving children. The children's home reached my exceptions beyond belief, Mumma and Aunty (Head of the Orphanage), were loving and took care of us. We played games, we had several donations for the children, Books, pencils, school equipment, sporting good ect, giving these to the children was the highlight of my experience, to see the happiness ton their faces, and the joy something so little can bring to their lives.
    During my experience i became ill, and landed myself in hospital, needless not to say the support of the IVHQ staff was outstanding, getting me to the hospital and visiting me each day.
    IVHQ runs programs such as City tours, Safari, these again were amazing, and at a good price considering what we did.

    Being a cheaper volunteer program i was a little nervous coming into the experience, but the program reached my expectations and beyond.

    overall this was an enjoyable experience that i would do over and over again if i would, not once did i feel unsafe, or uncomfortable. IVHQ exceeded my expectations of any Volunteer program.

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  • Joanne
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    Rocky Mountain House
    University of Alberta
    8/10
    Hola & Hasta Luego, never Adios.
    05/19/2016

    One day, I packed my backpack, left the comfort of my little bubble in Canada, and traveled 6200 kilometers away to a land that spoke an unfamiliar language and worked in a clinic that is far too underfunded for the services it provides. I spent 3 of the most memorable weeks of my life so far volunteering and exploring Antigua and surrounding areas and I have to thank IVHQ for setting me up with the local team in Guatemala. They supported me all along the way with emails checking in with my progress and experiences. The local volunteer company they set me up with in Guatemala was fantastic. While I was in Guatemala I did so many things way out of my comfort zone. I volunteered in a unfamiliar environment, I hiked and camped on a volcano, I hopped in a van and rode to the black sand beaches, and I met so many new and interesting people along the way. I've made new life long friends from many different countries and grown immensely both personally and professionally.

    Photos:
    Hiking to the summit of Acetenango
    Making new friends for life
    Gathering a new found respect for Mother Nature
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  • Daryl
    Age: 25-30
    Male
    Sydney
    University of Technology
    9/10
    Teaching program - Naples, Italy
    05/17/2016

    Naples is a vibrant city rich in history, attractions, culture and food. The IVHQ teaching program is situated in the heart of Naples and the majority of schools are within walking distance from your accommodation. The IVHQ in-country support (INN) are always there ready to assist in whatever problems the volunteers might encounter. The teachers in the local schools are very friendly although their grasp of English is very limited. The students' understanding of English varies but generally the younger the student, the less English spoken. But you can get around with simple greetings in both English and Italian. Body language helps if you are stuck in translation and sometimes drawing on a piece of paper might be the only option! The students I taught (Grades 1-5) were so enthusiastic about learning and it only takes a short time before the children warm up to you and start telling you stories about their favourite football team - Forza Napoli of course!! Living the life of a Napolitano is a life-changing experience and something that I would not hesitate in doing again. Some people might be put off by the hustle and bustle of this densely populated city but my advice is just to immerse yourself in the situation and embrace it! Carpe Momentum.

    Photos:
    Amalfi Coast
    IVHQ Naples
    Sassi Caves Matera
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  • Nadiya
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    Switzerland
    10/10
    The six best weeks of my life
    05/16/2016

    Fiji was my first volunteer trip and I can't even begin to describe how nervous I was about it. I didn't have any prior teaching experience so I was worried about not being good enough to do my program, and I had no idea who any of the other volunteers were so I was nervous about making friends and fitting in.

    Now, 6 weeks later, I think going to Fiji was one of the best decisions of my life. The coordinators at Green Lion are the sweetest, most helpful and most positive people I have ever met. They made me feel welcome from day one and made my stay so enjoyable. The other volunteers were also really nice, I made some really good friends and I had such a good time with them.

    After having heard about the other organizations that send people to green lion Fiji I think IVHQ is definitely the most affordable one out there. I am so glad I went through them and I will without a doubt do it again some time.

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  • Riley
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    Trappe
    Saint Joseph's University
    10/10
    3 Week Medical at Turquoise Program
    05/16/2016

    I had a wonderful 3 weeks at the turquoise program! The IVHQ staff was supportive throughout my entire time in Ghana. They checked in often to make sure everything was going well at the clinic and at the housing, and they even helped me plan weekend trips. The program itself offered many opportunities to help both at the clinic and at orphanage with the childcare program. I would highly recommend this program!

    How could this program be improved?

    As far as the medical work itself it would have been helpful to know ahead of time what would be needed most at the clinic, both to prepare for the work and to bring appropriate donations.

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