International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Provider

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, Europe, Latin America and the Pacific, 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, Romania, 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

  • Stanley
    Age: 25-30
    Male
    Glendale, AZ
    Midwestern University-Glendale campus
    IVHQ - Volunteering in Ho Chi Minh City
    08/31/2015

    I had a great experience visiting Vietnam for the first time and volunteering in Ho Chi Minh City thanks to this fantastic program. This is a perfect program if you're traveling by yourself, with some friends, and even if it's your first time traveling. It's a very good blend of fun, tourism, and service to the local community.
    This was my first time traveling on my own so I was a bit wary at first. But when I got to Vietnam, the staff at Green Lion was incredibly friendly and accommodating. Right when I got to the airport, Jenny was there to pick me up and bring me to the Saigon Tourism College where I was hosted for two weeks. The room and accommodations are fine - I had my own bunk with another 4 guys in the room. The most important thing was that I had A/C, which kept our room very cool. The first week was Culture Week and consisted of exploring Ho Chi Minh City's main sights of interest, markets, museums, the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, and even a cooking lesson. Our guide Leah was always cheerful and fun; you can tell she loves Vietnamese culture and introducing people to it. The Culture Week is organized enough to where the days are filled with activities but there's enough time and freedom at night to go out and do more activities. The cool thing about this program also is that you get to meet so many interesting people from around the world - I met Australians, Dutch, English, German, and it was quite fun hanging out with them and enjoying an exotic country for the first time together. We even rented out a field and played soccer! Green Lion also has a wonderful travel agent Quyen on staff as well - she was able to book us tours and tell us of the interesting places to go for cheap. And it's so cheap to travel within Vietnam! We had our weekends to travel to different cities.

    I volunteered in the medical placement at the local hospital in Tan Binh District. I was able to rotate in different wards like acupuncture, surgery, physiotherapy, and wound care. My goal going in was just to see their healthcare system and interact with the patients and healthcare professionals there. It definitely helps to know Vietnamese! Only a few doctors knew some English and it was difficult for some of my friends to communicate with them. However, all the healthcare professionals appreciated when we taught them English. They all desire to learn. The program didn't involve too much specialized, hands-on procedures, which was fine for me. As far as the volunteering experience, I think what you put in is what you'll get out of it. I tried my best to talk to the patients and also the therapists and doctors and I feel like I gained some insight into their lives and culture. My favorite ward was the physiotherapy ward because it was the most interactive one - I was able to help toddlers with cerebral palsy perform leg strengthening exercises. It was amazing to see their joy despite their condition. All in all, the medical placement was well-rounded - you get to see a lot although not everything is hands-on. This is understandable considering the specialized nature of medicine.

    To conclude, I think this program is organized and fun, and will give travelers a fantastic intro to Vietnam. The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly. They really do take care of you. I highly recommend it for people who have never traveled on their own but want to. Believe me, you will learn so much about yourself and the world. Just give in and do it!

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  • Jeslyn
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Malaysia
    Other
    Bahut accha!
    08/30/2015

    If you're worried about coming to India because of all you've heard on the news, DON'T. India is an amazinggg country with lovely, helpful people and if it's your first time going there, then going with IVHQ is a good place to start. They will help you get adjusted and will take care of everything. Volunteering at the Bal Vidhaya Niketan school through IVHQ was one of the best decisions I ever made. Teaching the children was so overwhelming and rewarding and I am definitely going to miss them and India.

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  • Seda
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Paris
    Other
    amazing month in india0
    08/28/2015

    I have spent an amazing month in india.
    I enjoyed everything that I lived here. My host family, Rashmi and Rohit are two wonderful people and they have been like a real family to me. I enjoyed very much staying with them and had a lot of fun during my stay. I am thankful to them for their everyday hospitality and kindness and for all that they did for me. I loved volunteering in India and working with the children, it changed my perspective of seeing things. I wish I could stay longer.

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  • Maria
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Portugal
    India delhi ivhq
    08/28/2015

    Came here was a huge step for me, I was leaving my comfort zone for the first time so I was scared but as soon I as I arrived in the airport there were other volunteers that at time I didn't knew and today I call friends because they are people that I won't forget, people who shared this amazing experience with me and that made feel like home. E felt the same thing when I went to my host family first it's strange but then they became family to you. When we put our fears aside and actually embrace the experience we finally star seeing how amazing it is.

    How could this program be improved?

    I was doing childcare and I had some issues that I'm sure other volunteers had, when we try to teach English to the children the teacher doesn't help much because most of them don't know how to speak English so the communication between the volunteers and the teacher can be hard sometimes and since the children also don't speak English teaching can became a nightmare sometimes.

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  • Francisco
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Adelaide-Australia
    Volunteer at Ho Chi Minh
    08/28/2015

    My experience volunteering in Ho Chi Minh City was definitely amaIng.
    Every aspect of the program was great. Starting from the staff members of the Green Lion, they are all very nice, helpful and very knowledgeable. Anna is great support the while time, Leah provided the best introduction to the culture,food and showed us many points of interest in Saigon, Dung was also a great support for the volunteers and organised many activities to maintain the group together.

    The accomodation and facilities are good, comfortable bed, wifi, a common area for meetings or just to interact with other volunteers. Te food provides also succed my expectations, the students from the Saigon tourism school cool as part of their program and there's many of options to choose from.

    The program itself was very nice, is very satisfying to see the progress of students after you have teach them something. At the beginning they can be a bit shy but after some words with them, the words will flow.

    How could this program be improved?

    I found the program great, starting with a great introduction, followed by the volunteer experience. I suggest to the team maybe to increase the amount of hour at work. Maybe 2 shifts a day? There's a lot of spare time that could be use to help to the ones that need the most.

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