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

  • Karina
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Melbourne, Australia
    University of Melbourne
    Livin La Vida Laos
    08/01/2015

    It was tough at first, teaching the local children. My first day was really hard and I was nervous for the rest of my time. But you get to know them, their cheeky smiles and their quirks. You begin to get excited to see them again every day, and them with you. You begin to realise what they need to learn and teach to their point of need. I realised that my students didn't know the alphabet properly and that's why they were struggling to learn words. So I created games, activities and worksheets and by the end of my 2 weeks, they were perfect. It was amazing to see that I had actually helped them. You can't change their lives but you can help make a difference. Every little bit counts.

    How could this program be improved?

    There needs to be a better system in place for informing future volunteers what the students had been taught.

    Photos:
    Playing duck duck goose with the students
    With other volunteers at Buddha Park
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  • Layla
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Ottawa, Canada
    Memorial University of Newfoundland
    Fun, eduactional time of your life!
    08/01/2015

    There is nothing like being on a Costa Rican beach at night, with millions of stars shining over you. Well with the Turtle conservation project you get this every night while you have the once in a lifetime experience of working with Turtles. You'll have "pinch me" moments on a daily basis!!

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  • Samantha
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire
    University of Stirling
    Life in Bali
    08/01/2015

    Volunteering in Bali was something that I never imagined myself doing in a million years, especially doing work with turtles! As an animal lover and an individual filled with wanderlust this was ideal for me!

    Despite having previously volunteered before, IVHQ bali stood out from the rest with a very unique approach. Not only did they aim for you to make a difference, but they also wanted YOU to experience Bali as much as possible. Orientation week allowed everyone to see Bali in its true form and make friends along the way! However, it did not end here.

    Volunteering on the island of Nusa Penida made the experience even more unique. Staying on an island with the friendliest locals possible made every bit of work seem worthwhile. The staff put their heart and soul into everything that they done which inspired everyone to give it their all. Never have I met such caring people who were willing to dedicate their lives to helping such beautiful animals, the turtles.

    Even though the work required when caring for the turtles may not have seemed alot, the feeling of helping such helpless animals was amazing. Releasing turtles back in to the wild really made the whole trip seem worthwhile.

    I would recommend Bali to anyone who loves animals and wants to make a difference.

    How could this program be improved?

    Personally, as an individual with an open mind I loved every moment of my 3 weeks in Bali. However, I feel that more could have been done to ensure that everyone continued to mingle and didn't stick to just one 'group' of friends

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  • Jessica
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Morehead, Kentucky
    Morehead State University
    My thoughts
    08/01/2015

    I loved the program in general. I taught mostly deaf students, which was challenging at first, but they've taught me so much along the way. It's been one of the best decisions to volunteer in India. It was also wry easy to travel on the weekends and on our days off. The host family would always help plan and give us suggestions on locations. The culture was in vast contrast to America but it was well worth the experience.

    How could this program be improved?

    Maybe working for EVAD school, have an orientation video with basic sign language (abc's and numbers)

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  • Martha
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Campbell, CA
    San Jose State University
    IVHQ: NBIC Orphanage in Cambodia
    07/31/2015

    I recently went to Cambodia to work at an orphanage for children and teens with special needs. I had no idea what to expect and I had many questions before my arrival. The IVHQ and in country staff were always available and responded quickly to all my questions and concerns. While I know that Cambodia is still a developing country, there was not one time that I felt unsafe at the volunteer house. The CVF staff at the volunteer house was very welcoming, always concerned about our safety, and I greatly appreciated their help with providing information for weekend trips. Meanwhile, the IVHQ staff would regularly send emails to see how we were doing thus far and if we had any concerns or problems. This was not my first time volunteering with IVHQ. IVHQ has many countries and programs to choose from at a very affordable price. I had a great experience my first time volunteering in Costa Rica, which is why I chose to volunteer with them again and I will continue to volunteer through them in the years to come.

    Photos:
    Phnom Penh City
    Angkor Wat
    Getting picked up at the airport by staff in a tuk tuk
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