IVHQ

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IVHQ (International Volunteer HQ) provides safe, unique, meaningful and extremely affordable volunteer programs in 30 countries around the world, with a constantly expanding base. Programs are available in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, where IVHQ works alongside local NGOs to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities. Currently, IVHQ has programs in Bali, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Morocco, China, Nepal, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Victoria Falls, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Laos, the Philippines, Transylvania, Italy and Fiji!

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

Program Reviews

  • Luticia Thomson
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Australia
    It's affordable, but never worth to go with them!
    04/21/2015

    IVHQ is just getting the money of the people for nothing. When I was in Nepal, the children at my orphanage had to do exams at school, so I couldn't spend any time with them, because they had to study all day long. Everything I did was bringing them to school in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon. The problem was that IVHQ didn't tell us about the exams. They must have tell us about that, but they didn't. So I felt completly worthless and I was just hanging out, doing nothing but waiting for the kids to pick them up. So yeah, it was bad timing, but still, we didn't feel supported in Nepal at all. I had the feeling that they want to get our money from different activities like hiking oder safaris. Actually all the offers were really expensive, even though they tried to sell them as they were the cheapest in Nepal. Of course, its normal for people to act like that when they want to sell something, but they were our supporters from IVHQ. If I were you, I would go to Nepal and especially Pokhara and then just go to the orphanages and ask if they need your help. You can do everything on your own. A lot of people do that, so safe your money and do it by yourself.

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  • Tina
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    Melbourne, Australia
    Deakin University
    A Kan-do attitude in Kenya!
    04/17/2015

    The countries of Africa are very often perceived as politically unstable and unsafe for young woman travelers.The security that IVHQ offered me (and my family) during my trip was invaluable. My parents had the reassurance of a NZ contact if they could not contact me and we knew what to expect in terms of being collected at the airport and being placed in a relevant role within a reputable organisation.

    The Fadhili and Marafiki community welcomed us with open arms and kicked off our orientation with a song. My friend and I were placed in the orphanage program and enjoyed every minute of it. We helped out with cooking, homework, entertainment of the children and cleaning of the house (african-mumma style!). We even had the chance to teach at the local school.

    Through the partner organisation we even went on safari at a seriously discounted 'volunteer' price.

    We had a private room and bathroom and had lots of opportunity for sightseeing during the day when the children where at school.

    How could this program be improved?

    We expected three meals a day, however this is not common in Kenya. Typically you will just have a hot drink in the morning and a large meal for dinner. This was somewhat of a surprise to us but now after having visited Kenya twice, I realise it is a cultural difference.

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    Hanging out in the Orphanage
    Play time!
    In-house homework help. Who is paying attention here?
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  • Tina
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    Melbourne, Australia
    Deakin University
    Thailand Hill Tribe Community Experience
    04/17/2015

    Through IVHQ I found the confidence to travel on my own for the first time to a rural community in Thailand as a volunteer. I had such a profound and genuine experience there that I recommended your organisation to friends and decided to do it again in Kenya the following year.

    I was officially apart of the 'Constuction/Outdoor' program but once I arrived there I quickly realised that I was instantly apart of a local community and could help out in other ways too.

    The local foundation made us volunteers feel very much at home and ensured that our skills and resources were put to good use.

    Our team spent most of our days making bricks, constructing fences and building structures for various community bodies. As I am a trained Secondary School Teacher I also spent some time teaching english and entertaining the children who had family members working within the partner foundation.

    The partner foundation was set up in a way that allowed all the local and international volunteers to live, eat, work and play together. We slept in gender seperated dorm-style rooms and ate our meals communally with the staff and had a volunteer room where we could email friends and family back home and relax after a day of volunteer work. It is very well set up to accomodate everyone's needs.

    My fondest memory was our Christmas eve outting. This involved going bamboo door-to-door and singing our christmas carols to the local community families. This was positively received and the locals returned the favour by singing for us with instruments and 4 part harmonies (somewhat superior to our out-of-tune rendition of 'Jingle Bells').

    The security that IVHQ offered me (and my family) during my trip was invaluable. My parents had the reassurance of a NZ contact if they could not contact me and I knew what to expect in terms of being collected at the airport and being placed in a relevant role within a reputable organisation.

    IVHQ offer programs that are a fantastic introduction to the developing world to any nervous-first-time traveler.

    I would highly recommend this IVHQ program.

    How could this program be improved?

    I think that this program is very wel organised in terms of type of volunteer work, transport to and from placement, accomodation, meals and local interaction. I felt very much apart of the community and can not think of any changes I would have made to my experience.

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    Ready for a day of Volunteer work!
    Getting down to business!
    Lunch time!
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  • Hannah Slade
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Cornwall, UK
    Other
    IVHQ- India- Slum teaching
    04/16/2015

    I was in the slum teaching project for 4 weeks and found it an unforgettable experience! Working in the school was very rewarding and you get so close to all the amazing children there who are such characters. India is very different to Western countries but in a good way- its manic but also so spiritual with a lot of history and the people are very friendly. If you embrace it, you will see and do so much and have some incredible experiences. IVHQ in India have a brilliant group of staff who are really helpful and who you can have fun with. You stay with a host family and mine were great fun to live with, really helpful with any issues I had and just genuinely lovely people. I would recommend the orientation week as you get to do some additional sightseeing and get taught a bit of Hindi which is really useful as there is a bit of a language barrier in the school. With IVHQ you also get free time in the afternoons and on weekends you get the chance to do some extra travelling so make sure you take the opportunity to do so. If you are looking at volunteering I would definitely recommend IVHQ because they helped make my time here one to remember!

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  • Alondra
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    United States
    State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
    South Africa Childcare program
    04/15/2015

    I traveled to SA in 2013. I was 18 years old and traveled alone. I was quite nervous at first but once I met the staff and volunteers, they made me feel right at home. I volunteered in the childcare program for 6 weeks and I got to spend time with the cutest little kids. They were very welcoming and as the weeks flew by I got to know each one individually. In the classroom we would sing songs, play games, and help pass out the porridge to the kids. During recess they would dance and sings songs, one of the songs they sang to me was "peel banana". It was really sad when I had to leave :( The volunteers were very friendly and outgoing. I made life-long friends while coming here. I really do recommend IVHQ. I promise you wont regret this program. I'm actually planning my next trip with them now to Peru! If you decided to volunteer in SA I really recommend shark cage diving in the great white shark capital, and bunji jumping Africa's highest bridge!!

    How could this program be improved?

    I would probably say the food. The lady who cooked for us did'nt cook as good as I imagined.

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