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

  • Iesha
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Elmont, New York
    Queens College
    Experience you'll never forget!
    07/06/2015

    This program has allowed me to gain experiences that I will always remember. From the volunteer sites to the friendships you'll make to exploring Brazil, there isn't one moment you won't love! If you ever get a chance to participate, do it with no hesitations.

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  • Irina
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    Canada, ON
    Wilfrid Laurier University
    Argentina volunteer review
    07/04/2015

    Volunteering in Argentina was the best thing I have ever done in my life!!! All the staff were absolutely incredible and very helpful! I met a lot of wonderful ppl and I can't wait to go back. Even if I go for a visit, I will def go back! I highly reccomend it to everyone! Argentinian people are very friendly, caring and just amazing!

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    Pictures from my placement
    Left up - buenos aires, left down- el calafate, right up-cordoba, right down -ushuaia
    The grounds of the volunteer house :)
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  • Marisa Fotieo
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Columbia College Chicago
    If you go you're never [Ghana] regret it.
    07/01/2015

    I had the most amazing experience in Ghana. The staff at IVHQ are so welcoming and really have your best interest in mind. I met so many life long friends and I am so excited to go back and visit the family I made while volunteering over in Ghana. Its one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. All the Ghanaians are so friendly and welcoming. I have traveled many places and this has by far been the been trip and most rewarding experience of my life. If you're going to do something DO IT WITH IVHQ! They are the best!

    How could this program be improved?

    More communication between volunteers and leaders.

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  • Chloe L
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    Alberta, Canada
    Fiji: the lesser known aspects
    06/30/2015

    Initially when I decided to travel to Fiji for a volunteer trip, I expected to be beach front with endless sun. This changed immediately as we landed into Suva, as we were in a large city of locals, no beaches, and constant rain. It was definitely a reality check. What also shocked me was that this city was not familiar with tourists, so people in the city would stare. Nonetheless, the locals were some of the nicest people I have ever met. They were very generous and always willing to share. Even the students that we met at the schools and kindergartens were happy, even though their school materials were breaking and they were so limited with toys that they played with beer bottle lids. They taught me there that happiness was more important than money, and that was truly reflected in their culture. As for the IVHQ program itself, the local organization is called Green Lion Fiji. The coordinators are amazing and super friendly, and the cooks are amazing. However, the organization as a whole is not as organized, as everything runs on "fiji time". Overall, my fellow volunteers really enhanced my trip, as I got to make friends all across the globe, and we got to experience the amazing and new culture together.

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  • Kaylee
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    United States, Indiana
    Indiana University–Bloomington
    An experience I'll never forget!
    06/29/2015

    I spent three weeks at Nakavango, and as soon as I arrived the staff and other volunteers were so welcoming and made me feel right at home. During the week we worked really hard, but it almost didn't seem like work because we were all having so much fun at the same time. During my stay the activities I chose to do on the weekends were white water rafting, bungee jumping, Sunset River Cruise, and then I went to Botswana for the day. Without Justine, I doubt that I would have been able to do all of these things, because she sets everything up so its really simple to get everywhere you need to be. I cannot express how thankful I am for the time I had at Nakavango, the people I met, and all of the adventures.

    How could this program be improved?

    Honestly, I do not have a single complaint about the program. It exceeded my expectations tremendously.

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