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, 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, 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

  • Lesley Paul
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Great project but a few things could have been inproved
    05/24/2015

    This is a great project with staff that helped me every bit of the way before going to India. It is a great price for what you receive and the school seemed to appreciate my help. Had a great time here and thank IVHQ for this opportunity.

    How could this program be improved?

    All of the volunteers were separated into different host houses but we were all under the impression that we would stay in one big house with different volunteers. Because we were separated it made it difficult to meet other people and got pretty boring as class would finish at 12pm. School was only for 4 hours so afternoon activities would have been good to keep us occupied and meeting other volunteers although 1 big host house would have been better,

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    Lesley's Slum Teaching Project
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  • Ryan Thomas
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Ann Arbor, MI
    University of Michigan
    Sea turtle conservation in a small coastal community
    05/22/2015

    Life moves slowly in Costa Rica ... so does service work. Although we didn't do much work during the day (and spent it mostly with host families, other volunteers, or on excursions in the area, I loved the night patrols - 4 hours each night. Although most nights were very dark, some during rainstorms, I really enjoyed the walk on the beach. Although exhausting walking through soft sand, tripping over stumps and branches, and, on occasion, getting soaked by a rogue wave, nothing could be more rewarding than running into (literally, sometimes almost stepping over) a nesting leatherback sea turtle. Their impressive size and methodical nesting ritual are like no other, and the work of relocating the nests to hide from poachers meant a lot to me and the other volunteers. As frustrating as it would be to find some of our relocated nests poached, or of nests we missed beating the poachers to, I felt we were truly helping make a little impact in increasing the odds of survival of the turtles. More importantly, however, I felt our presence and work in the community contributed to helping show the value that's placed on conservation work like this to the community, and hopefully poaching practices will be nonexistent in the near future.

    How could this program be improved?

    The program could be more organized, and volunteers' time during the day could better be utilized. However, if you take initiative, you'll be able to get your hands involved in lots of projects. Also, be sure to be assertive in requesting that your guides for night patrols split into two groups to cover more beach ... some of the biggest complaints from our group was that one big group with two guides is chaotic and not in the best interest of the turtles.

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    Playa Parismina
    Water after the rainfall
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  • Nuri Arunbiarti
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    Other
    Nepal, Unity in Diversity
    05/19/2015

    Being a volunteer with IVHQ was a very great experience for me, especially in Nepal, which is one of the poorest country in the world. I was taking a break from my concert photography job, and using this volunteer trip as my getaway. As a person who really loves children, my childcare placement was perfect for me. It's very delightful and grateful to meet and play with children in the orphan house, because I learn about how to communicate with them in English, which is not our first language (I'm from Indonesia, so I speak bahasa Indonesia as my first language). They taught me how to speak Nepali, and I taught them bahasa Indonesia little bit. Not only the language, but also about our culture and religion. It was very awkward moment when I had to do meditation before dinner, I'm a Muslim so I don't do meditation. I told them why I don't do meditation and they understood, then we share knowledge about our religion between Hindu and Islam. Diversity is most welcome in Nepal. I was worried about the communication because I don't speak Nepali, turns out most of Nepali people speak very good English. I didn't finished my program because the Ministry of Foreign Affair of Republic Indonesia flew all Indonesian back to Indonesia after the earthquake. Yes, I'm still disappointed but humans can't control a natural disaster. So I went back to Indonesia 2 weeks earlier. It was good and terrifying experience at the same time. But I promise myself to go back to Nepal to meet the children because my departure was so sudden. I miss Nepal already.

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    We, the volunteers, playing UNO cards with the kids from Annapurna Self-sustaining Orphan Home
    And yes, I love kids!
    farewell dinner with our guest family :D
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  • Imogen Smith
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Devon, England
    Amazing Experience Volunteering with Turtles!!
    05/19/2015

    Absolutely amazing experience with IVHQ and their local coordinators Green Lion. The first week is the orientation programme, where activities include language lessons, cooking class, temple visits and rice field treks. There is enough free time to explore Ubud and you also have the weekend free - I did the Mount Batur sunrise trek (highly recommended!). On the 2nd Monday you are transported to Nusa Penida and start your volunteer programme. The food on Nusa Penida is really good, better than Ubud! The accommodation is slightly more basic but there is wifi! Everyday activities are normally turtle feeding and cleaning (tanks and turtles) and seaweed collection at 9am - 11am, lunch served at 12pm, either beach cleaning or teaching at the local school 2pm - 4pm, turtle feeding again at 5pm. You teach on tuesdays, wednesdays and thursdays for two hours - this is compulsory but is very enjoyable! Some children don't have pens and paper, if you are volunteering here for a long time I would recommend bringing resources with you from the mainland to make things easier for yourself! You have weekends free to do whatever you want, the local coordinators can organise boats to take you to other islands if you want. I would recommend this programme to anyone! You are very hands on with the turtles everyday and it is very rewarding seeing the difference you make whilst cleaning and collecting food for them! I wish I could have done this for twice as long, an amazing experience :)

    How could this program be improved?

    I wish I was made more aware of the teaching before hand, so I could have been more prepared with lesson plans and resources.

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  • Zijie Zhu
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Shanghai, China
    University of Bristol
    IVHQ- Bogota, Colombia Program Experience
    05/17/2015

    The two months I spent in Bogota is some of my best time in my life. Many people believe Bogota is a very dangerous city, so as all volunteers I knew in Bogota. However, safety is not a big concern during the time I stay. The neighbour we stay is called El Polo. where is the safest area in Bogota. You will not feel dangerous even at night (although the coordinators will still suggest you ti take a taxi after you back from club). Plus, El Polo is only about 15-minute walking distance from the night life area Zona Rosa, where you can find excellent Salsa club, Shisha bar, cinema and really good cocktail.

    The place we stay is in a flat. 3-6 people share one room, boys and girls use separate barthroom.

    In Bogota you can take different programs everyday, means you can go to kindergarden to play with kids, teach English in primary school, prepare lunch for homeless people, go to military base to practice oral English with local soliders, go to take care old ladies with mental problem or even visit prison to chat with prisoner! It is a really good opportunity to breath culture with local people who has different background and age.

    Anyways, the program is absolutely worth to try, you will gain much more than you think before you leave. (For myself, I have super high expection for this trip but I still feel it was far beyond my expection)

    How could this program be improved?

    Generally speaking the program is excellent, if I have a chance to change one thing that is English teaching program. In one school we teach kids aged between 2-3 English, stay with kids has a lot of fun however I think teach them Egnlish is not a good idea. First, many of them are still learning how to speak spanish, secondly, little kids are really hard to concentrate for long time (maybe even 10 minutes). ALternatively, design some games will be a better idea rather than have a lesson.

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