International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

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IVHQ (International Volunteer HQ) provides safe, unique, meaningful and extremely affordable volunteer programs in 32 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 Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Morocco, Victoria Falls, Madagascar, Bali, China, Nepal, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Laos, the Philippines, Fiji, Romania, Italy, Spain and Portugal!

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

  • Volunteering in India with IVHQ
    India
    Volunteer abroad with IVHQ in India! Highly affordable programs are available anywhere from a week to 6 months. There are a...
    53 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteering in Cambodia with IVHQ
    Cambodia
    Volunteers are needed in Cambodia to volunteer in a range of highly affordable projects, including working with NGO's,...
    22 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Staff Interviews
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  • Volunteer Abroad in Ghana in an Orphanage with International Volunteer HQ
    Ghana
    IVHQ offers a variety of highly affordable programs in the greater Accra region of Ghana. Programs start on the 1st and 15th...
    20 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Staff Interviews
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  • Volunteer in Uganda with IVHQ
    Uganda
    Volunteer abroad in Uganda with IVHQ! Ever year, IVHQ sends hundreds of volunteers to Uganda to participate in a variety of...
    18 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
  • Volunteer in childcare in Tanzania with IVHQ
    Tanzania
    Volunteer in Tanzania with IVHQ! With diverse NGO partnerships in Tanzania, IVHQ is able to offer a variety of highly...
    18 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Staff Interviews
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  • Teaching volunteer in Bali with IVHQ
    Indonesia
    IVHQ offers a wide range of affordable and interesting volunteer opportunities in Bali's cultural center of Ubud. Volunteers...
    17 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteer in Childcare in Kenya with IVHQ
    Kenya
    Volunteers are needed in Kenya to volunteer in a range of projects, including community development, sports education, HIV/...
    15 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteering in Costa Rica with IVHQ
    Costa Rica
    IVHQ's partner organizations in Costa Rica are always looking for great volunteers! Highly affordable programs are available...
    15 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteer Programs in Bogota with IVHQ
    Colombia
    IVHQ offers a range of highly affordable volunteer programs in Bogota, Colombia. Participants have the opportunity to join a...
    14 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
  • Volunteer in Ecuador with IVHQ
    Ecuador
    Volunteer in Ecuador with IVHQ! Along with partner organizations in Ecuador, IVHQ is able to offer a variety of highly...
    13 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Brazil
    IVHQ offers a variety of highly affordable volunteer programs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, including sports coaching,...
    13 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteering in Cusco with IVHQ
    Peru
    IVHQ offers highly affordable volunteer programs in Cusco, Peru. A wide variety of projects are available here, including...
    13 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Wildlife Conservation in Victoria Falls with IVHQ
    Zimbabwe
    International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) offers a very special Wildlife Conservation project, working and living in the midst of...
    13 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Colombia
    Many countries are desperate to have qualified teachers to help educate their youth. IVHQ provides several opportunities for...
    13 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteer in Marine Conservation in Madagascar with IVHQ
    Madagascar
    International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) offers a variety of volunteer programs in one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet...
    12 reviews
    Alumni Interviews

Program Reviews

  • Kate
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Brisbane
    Queensland University of Technology
    10/10
    Naples Volunteering
    05/06/2016

    I honestly loved my program. The team at INN are really flexible and really tailor your experience to what you want to do. I wanted to take on two programs and they assisted me with this. They were really social and happy for them to talk to you about anything. Even if you are simply asking about a bus or train times or advice on cool travel locations. They school and NGO i was assigned to was amazing and so wonderful I truly loved the italians and how the city made me feel. If you go into the experience open minded and adaptable to the culture you will surely have an amazing experience. I found the volunteers who were not very keen to adapt to the neopolitan culture were the ones who were not enjoying themselves. The people, the program and the city was amazing and I recommend the International Napoli Network to everyone!

    Kate

    How could this program be improved?

    During the colder seasons the accommodation was a bit cold. perhaps warmer blankets during these periods?
    Perhaps clarification of the volunteers purpose at the Fondazione Massimo Leone site on day one of the project. Because there was not so many english speakers there to assist with this. But for me this was not a hindrance to the project.

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  • Karin
    Age: 31-50
    Female
    Nelson
    9/10
    an unforgettable experience in Costa Rica
    05/05/2016

    I have travelled all my life and I've been all over the world, but nothing compares to my volunteer experience in Costa Rica! I spent 6 weeks volunteering in an orphanage, on a coffee plantation and on the Caribbean coast in the turtle conservation program, and nothing is as rewarding as travelling and working as a volunteer, it is so rewarding! You stay with local families and the cultural exchange is so enriching, the volunteer work is a blessing to every community I went to, helping them financially and also making them feel that someone really cares and that their wellbeing does make a difference. Working with the kids was an amazing experience because I felt so much love coming back to me from them , I never expected that and I left with tears in my eyes! I also loved working on the coffee farm, it was a very small organic farm that did not have the means to buy big machinery to sell their coffee commercially and make lots of money, instead they relied on us volunteers to help them and in the meantime also helping them financially by paying them for room and board, the farmer's family expressed their gratitude to all of us volunteers and they really made us feel very welcome! The coffee farm was located in the cloud forest of Montaverde, right in the middle of some spectacular nature! My last 2 weeks of volunteer work were spent at the Caribbean coast on the turtle conservation project, and again here I felt like I could really make a difference because without volunteers coming to help patrol the beaches and stay with local families and thus helping them make an alternative income, these turtles would already have been extinct by poaching, since these poor communities used to kills the turtles and sell their eggs to make a living and now they get an alternative source of income and are willing to contribute to the conservation of the leatherback and green turtles. Seeing these turtles crawl out of the sea onto the beach at night to lay their eggs made such an impression on me, what beautiful, amazing creatures these are and I felt such gratitude that I could experience this and am hoping that my children and grandchildren will also be able to see these creatures in their natural habitat just like I did!
    Thanks you so much IVHQ for all your support to make these 6 weeks a success and I can only recommend this organization to anyone considering volunteer work abroad!

    How could this program be improved?

    I think that there is not much improvement necessary, the program works very well and the support for the volunteers is excellent!

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  • James
    Age: 18 or younger
    Male
    Westport
    Sacred Heart University
    10/10
    The Wonders of the International Napoli Network and Napoli
    05/04/2016

    My first day in the country was nerve-wracking, as with any trip abroad. It was my first time traveling abroad; but after a few hours, my mind was a ease. I was met by one of the program supervisors upon my arrival at the volunteer's housing and was simply in awe. The apartment was beautiful; with views of the Mediterranean, citrus trees in the courtyard, the mountains, and Vesuvius - all from one spot. The personnel who are the INN were helpful and it was evident that they were there to make a difference, and to help us do the same. We were given a lot of independence, making it seem as if we weren't "tourists" - but living within the city. On weekends we are free to travel, I was able to go to Rome and Vesuvius before I returned home. The people are the nicest in the world, the food is delicious, and the work can be life changing. You get out of the program what you put into it; you are given every tool necessary to have an amazing time and make a difference - use them! My work with the after school program was far more rewarding than I expected it to be; the people at the center were amazing as well. I highly regret not staying longer than two weeks as there is just so much to do, see, and so much I didn't want to leave yet. I am looking forward to returning to Naples and this program one day soon, 100% suggest this for anybody looking for a first-travel experience and some independence in a place as wonderful as Naples.

    How could this program be improved?

    Letting volunteers opt-out of food plan or pay as-needed; a huge part of the culture is eating in the piazza with locals!

    Photos:
    This is Mount Vesuvius - the volcano that watches over the beautiful city that is Napoli. This view is from the rooftop terrace in the INN building/Volunteering housing.
    This is Quartiere Sanita' - this was taken at the front gate to the after school program building.
    A view of Vesuvius and the sea, within 10 minutes (walking) of the volunteer's housing.
    Video Review:
    Here's a video that was made - it takes you through everything that I saw while in Naples
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  • Brittany
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    McLean, VA
    9/10
    Can't Recommend Highly Enough
    05/02/2016

    I really can't say enough about how much I loved this program. Despite its gritty reputation, Naples is a beautiful city with incredible food, art, and more history than you can shake a stick at. I went with a list of day-trips outside of Naples I wanted to take, but I ended up only doing a few because there was always something to do in the city. The location of the volunteer accommodation is incredible, with amazing views of the city, sea, and Mt. Vesuvius.

    I was in the NGO Support program, and had an amazing experience. The local staff in Italy handpicks who to send where, and they have excellent relationships with the hosting NGOs--often they know the NGO staff personally, so you don't feel like you're being abandoned with strangers. :-)

    The in-country staff are truly amazing. They went far above and beyond the call of duty--they're really interested in getting to know you and your goals and helping you achieve them.

    How could this program be improved?

    I agree with Nicole's comment about the meals--food in Naples is delicious and cheap, so I would've liked to have been able to eat on my own more, instead of feeling like I had to eat the provided meals since I'd already paid for them. But it's probably for the best that I didn't eat pizza fritta (fried pizza) any more than I did! :-)

    Photos:
    Lungomare ("along the sea"), less than 20 min walk from volunteer apartment
    Naples from Castel Sant'Angelo; the volunteer apartment is approximately in the middle of the photo
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  • Julie
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    New York, NY
    10/10
    Great way to get involved in the medical community
    04/29/2016

    I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering in Cusco, Peru for the medical program. I worked at Centro del Salud en Chinchero for the month as a medical student and I learned so much about their healthcare including things that need to be improved on. The mentality of healthcare is very different than in the United States such as the importance of hygiene, sterility and preventive medicine. Many of the Quechuan speaking women live hours away from the clinic and wake up early morning to begin their walk. Many of them cannot afford medications. I remember I had donated some medications to this 78 year old Quechuan speaking woman and she was ever so grateful. It made me so glad that I decided to volunteer here because even though we did not understand one another, her smile resonated the room. In addition, watching the little toddlers walk around barefoot in the clinic broke my heart a little because providing shoes was not a priority to their families. There are so many diseases that could be prevented if they had the tools and resources to implement these changes. I am glad that I did this volunteering experience because I will cherish the memories and treat my patients with the top care necessary to prevent the illnesses I saw within my volunteering experience. I hope I can volunteer again because I want to continue impacting others as they have done for me. Thank you for the experience.

    How could this program be improved?

    Please donate more gloves, hand sanitizers and disposable bed pads because the clinic needs them desperately. The doctors need to protect themselves so that they can continue providing care to others.

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