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.
GeorgiaAge: 19-24FemaleNorthumberland EnglandCouldn't have been better!11/23/2015How could this program be improved?
One of the only things I would suggest is that they provide a little more in depth detail about the variation of programs before you arrive as to help you prepare more. I spent a week at the turtle project and wasn't told to bring rubber gloved to avoid the leaches!
JennAge: 19-24FemaleCalgary, CanadaMy Experience was unforgettable!11/16/2015How could this program be improved?
I think IVHQ needs to emphasize the importance of why we are there. Many volunteers skipped out on work, and that is taking away from the integrity of the programs. Not in my placement, but some placements had an over abundance of volunteers, and those extra bodies could have been very useful in other organizations. Lastly, IVHQ needs to make volunteers aware of transportation costs once in country. ie. to and from work each day. We were told to budget for water, but honestly in PP no one can drink the water so everyone has bottled filtered water which is super cheap and always available. The money that they suggest should be budgeted for water, should actually be budgeted for daily transportation. So just keep that in mind when planning your trip. Mine was about $4/day USD. I had other transportation methods available to me (pedal bike), however I had a great Tuk Tuk driver, and I felt good about supporting him and his family while I was there.
KileyAge: 19-24FemaleFort Wayne, IndianaOtherWhat a great experience!11/15/2015How could this program be improved?
If I had to change one thing about this program, it would be that more of the money paid to volunteer be used for supplies for the school. They are in need of chairs that aren't broken, paper, pencils. Such basic things that could be acquired with the high price of volunteering.