International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
95% Rating
(933 Reviews)

International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

IVHQ (International Volunteer HQ) provides safe, unique, meaningful and extremely affordable volunteer programs in 35+ countries around the world, with a constantly expanding base. Programs are available in Asia, Africa, Europe, Central America, South America and the Pacific, where IVHQ works alongside local NGOs to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities. 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, New Zealand, Romania, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Hawaii!

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.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Nikola
Female
22 years old
UK
University of Bath

Christmas in the Philippines!

10/10

I travelled to the Philippines for a week to take part in their kindergarten volunteering programme. I enjoyed my time, far beyond my expectations, and the first thing I would tell prospective volunteers is...go for longer!

In the short time I was there, I met amazing people (both volunteers and locals), and was able to see how the team works so hard to make a positive, tangible, impact in the community. The children at the kindergarten are thrilled to have volunteers there, as are the other villagers who tell stories of how the programme has helped their community grow over time.

I was in the Philippines over Christmas and New Year, and would highly recommend it during this time, if you can. Everyone is in such good spirits, and you really get a feel for how strong the community is. We organised a Christmas party for the school, with games, karaoke, and performances from the children - which we all loved. Everyone in the village wishes you a Merry Christmas.

Though I have so many more great memories from the trip, instead of sharing them here I encourage people to go and experience the place for themselves. All the logistics work, and the coordinators are so helpful during your time there, so all that's left for you is to enjoy the experience. Get as involved as you can and be open to trying new things, and there's no doubt you'll have a great time!

Safari Uganda
Estefany
Female
28 years old
usa
Other

IVHQ Uganda /Childcare program

10/10

Get ready for the experience of a lifetime! I did a lot of research before starting the program to make sure the IVHQ volunteer program was really making an impact in the community, was transparent with fees and had locally driven goals. IVHQ met all of these expectations and more. With so many options it can be overwhelming, but the IVHQ website and staff made it easy to navigate through the process. One thing I also appreciate is the several programs to choose from in the country you decide to volunteer. This means they want people with specific skills for each project. Having this kind of programming is great because you actually add value to your community and leave them with skills and assistance they need for the future. Building Capacity, not dependency!
My Program (Child Care In Uganda)-This program is incredible! Depending on the month you attend you can teach lessons, read to them and have fun activities. Also participate in the care of their daily living, things such as bathing and feeding. I still can’t really describe the joy you feel when they come running towards you with open arms excited to see you. It is a beautiful experience, but it also takes hard work. It is also important to remember each volunteer can put as much effort as they want into the childcare center. Examples (Work in the garden they have, clean and maintain the center, think of long-term sustainably for the center).Really put your time to good use. Think about how your specific skills can benefit the center long term.

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Kim
Female

Sinply. Amazing.

10/10

This was my first time volunteering abroad, as well as my first time being in Bali. Everything was simply amazing! From it being the accomodation, the food, the CULTURE <3, the people, and the animals! I had such a breathtaking time being able to volunteer while submerging myself in a beautiful island full of luscious nature and rich culture. I have recommended IVHQ and it’s Turtle Coservation program to all of my colleagues and family. I look forward to my next adventure volunteering!

Sampai jumpa Ubud and Nusa Penida!

How can this program be improved?

More turtle time :)

Torre
Female

Awesome Experience

10/10

I had an amazing time during my two weeks in Antigua, Guatemala. My project during the first week was holiday experience where I worked with the elderly, painted a school, and worked with children at an orphanage. During my second week I worked with kids at a different orphanage just outside Antigua. I really loved the holiday experience and getting a taste of a few of the different projects IVHQ has to offer. The staff were all very supportive and quick to respond with anything I needed. The housing was very safe and clean and the staff there were very kind and helpful. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to volunteer, learn about Guatemala, live in a beautiful city, and practice or learn Spanish. It was truly a memorable experience!

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Carolyn
Female
29 years old
Duluth, MN
University of Minnesota- Duluth

An Incredible, Fun and Humbling Experience

10/10

I went with a group of 10 people to Guatemala to do a Medical Service Campaign with IVHQ. It was one of the most incredible experiences I have had in my life. IVHQ was amazing at coordinating everything and so it took very little preparation on our end. We had clinic days throughout the week where we had the opportunity to work directly with patients to help diagnose and provide medications. I learned so much throughout this experience and was very humbled by all of the wonderful people I was able to meet in Guatemala. IVHQ also helped us to set up incredible excursions, which included hiking 2 volcanoes (one was an overnight camping trip, the other one was a day hike where we roasted marshmallows from the heat of the volcano!), visited a coffee plantation, and went zip-lining. This was such an amazing experience and I would highly recommend doing a trip through IVHQ. I loved the experience so much, I am actually hoping to set up a trip again this summer!

Program Listings

India
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Thousands of volunteers have joined a range of highly affordable IVHQ volunteer projects in Delhi for durations ranging from...
Indonesia
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Volunteer abroad in Bali with IVHQ! Every year, hundreds of volunteers join IVHQ's highly affordable volunteer projects in Ub...
Ghana
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Join IVHQ and volunteer abroad in Ghana! Highly affordable programs are available for anywhere from 1 week to 24 weeks in the...
Cambodia
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Volunteers are needed in Cambodia to join a range of highly affordable projects for durations ranging from 2 weeks to 24 week...
Tanzania
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Volunteer abroad in Tanzania with IVHQ! Every year, hundreds of volunteers join IVHQ's highly affordable volunteer projects i...
Peru
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IVHQ offers highly affordable volunteer programs in Cusco, Peru. A wide variety of projects are available, including childcar...
South Africa
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IVHQ offers highly affordable volunteer programs in Cape Town, South Africa. Projects are available in a variety of fields in...
Uganda
International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
IVHQ offers a variety of highly affordable volunteer opportunities in Uganda. Join programs for anywhere between 1 week and 2...
Mexico
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Volunteer abroad in Mexico with IVHQ! Every year, hundreds of volunteers join IVHQ's highly affordable volunteer projects in...
Argentina
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Volunteer abroad in Argentina with IVHQ! Every year, hundreds of volunteers join IVHQ's highly affordable volunteer projects...
Kenya
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Every year, hundreds of volunteers join IVHQ's highly affordable volunteer projects in Kenya. Based in Nairobi, Kibera, Nakur...
Guatemala
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Volunteer abroad in Guatemala with IVHQ! Every year, hundreds of volunteers join IVHQ's highly affordable volunteer projects...
Zimbabwe
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Join IVHQ and volunteer abroad in Victoria Falls! Highly affordable programs are available for anywhere from 2 to 12 weeks. T...
Ecuador
International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
Volunteers are needed in Ecuador to join a range of highly affordable projects for durations ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks....
Sri Lanka
International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
Volunteer with IVHQ in Sri Lanka! Highly affordable volunteer projects are available for anywhere from 1 week to 12 weeks. Th...