International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
94% Rating
(906 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

Mac Lim
Lim
Male
44 years old
Kuala Lumpur

Wonderful Bali

9/10

I have spent 4 weeks (22 Oct-18 Nov 2017) volunteering in Ubud, Bali with IVHQ in teaching program. This was my second time going abroad volunteering program with IVHQ. As expected the program, personnel and support services were excellent. It is such an awesome experience during orientation week and wonderful to observe Galungan and Kuningan celebration with friendly locals. Bali indeed is enchanted island with captivating religious and cultural activities. The school placement with energetic pupils and their eagerness to learn warmed my heart. Fond memories like these will make you become more aware of yourself and others and learn to appreciate differences between peoples all over the world. I look forward to get abroad again with IVHQ.

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Rebecca
Female
23 years old
United Kingdom
Edge Hill University

IVHQ China teaching English program

10/10

I volunteered in China for 4 weeks on the teaching English program and I can honestly say it has been the best experience in my life. I arrived on the Saturday evening and the airport pickup ran smoothly. for the project itself I was placed at the school in Weinan. I was expecting Weinan to be a small place, but it is a good sized city with lots of places to eat. The school was really accommodating and helped me in any way possible. In the morning we would go out to a different kindergarten every morning which transport provided by the school. I loved the Kindergartens's the children are so tiny and cute and they are fascinated by foreigners teaching them. Be prepared for the children to repeat back to you whatever you say to them. I would say the children really respond well to songs, games and dancing. In the afternoon I taught at the school where I was staying. The classes are 40 minutes long, I structured my lessons by doing a refresher activity from the previous lesson and then I introduced a new concept to them. At the weekends we went back to Xi'an where we mixed with the other volunteers. In xi'an there are lots of things to do which included terracotta warriors, the city wall and the Muslim quarter. As well as having lots of placed to eat. Get ready for a big culture shock and embrace the Chinese culture you will have an amazing time!!!!!

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Matthew
Male
21 years old
England
Aston University

An amazing time

8/10

I was in Bali for 10 weeks and did 3 projects: construction, teaching and turtle conservation. It was great to work with and meet so many people from all over the world, and to meet local people too. I loved the island too, I had plenty of time to explore as I had all the weekends to go away. My best moment was releasing the turtles at Nusa Penida and hiking up Mount Batur to see the sunset. Would definitely recommend going for more than 2-3 weeks.

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Adelaide
Female
24 years old
Australia

Could not recommend more highly

10/10

I had the most wonderful experience with Bravehearts in Cambodia. The staff could not have been more welcoming or friendly. Everyone working at the orphanage was incredibly dedicated and it was obvious how much they loved the children. It was an incredibly experience.
The staff at Bravehearts took the safety of their volunteers seriously and were vigilant in that regard. I could not be more impressed with how incredibly organised, kind and caring they were.

The accomodation was nothing flash, but that is what you expect when volunteering, and adds to the charm of the experience.

In having this experience, I have fallen in love with Cambodia, its people, culture and my work there. I have every intention of coming back for a much longer stay.

How can this program be improved?

There are no ways in which this program could be improved.
Thank you for a wonderful experience!

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Rodrigo
Male
21 years old
Canada
University of British Columbia

ENRICHING EXPERIENCE IN A MAGICAL COUNTRY

9/10

Olá! Portugal, Portugal, Portugal! No words for this magical country...
One of the most beautiful countries in the world, especially it's vivid capital Lisbon. A small corner full of vibrant colors, energy and life that will make you want to stay there forever! (no joke) My experience with IVHQ was really enriching, not only the place was to dream for, but the people I met every step of the way! From the volunteers to the kids, to the lovely cook (Inés), from every Portuguese making me feel like I was one of them. I believe it has been one of the greatest experiences I have ever been a part of in my life. After traveling to 15 countries, Lisbon was my last destination and definitely my absolute favorite. I felt like at home somehow, from walking down to Praça do Comercio to visiting the mesmerizing roads of Sintra, eating pasteis de nata and speaking the beautiful language. I think I left a part of me there and for sure I will go back to retake that glimpse of fulfillment and happiness that Portugal treasured in my heart. My advice is to do it, don't hesitate or even think about it, IVHQ is a great company that will guide you along the way, introducing you to an experience that might guide your heart and inspire your soul to do more for others out there. Become Portuguese for 2,3,4 weeks, whatever is needed, you will be surprised at who you become once you get back home! I will forever be grateful for my time in Portugal, I have memories of pure pure joy! Quantas saudades de ti Lisboa, muito obrigado!

How can this program be improved?

Maybe the communication between the placements and the team has to be reinforced a bit, besides that everything is great.

Program Listings

India

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Volunteers are needed in India to join a range of highly affordable projects for durations ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks. B...

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...

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...

Tanzania

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Volunteer abroad in Tanzania with IVHQ! Every year, hundreds of volunteers join IVHQ's highly affordable volunteer projects i...

Mexico

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Volunteer abroad in Mexico with IVHQ! Every year, hundreds of volunteers join IVHQ's highly affordable volunteer projects in...

Uganda

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IVHQ offers a variety of highly affordable volunteer opportunities in Uganda. Join programs for anywhere between 1 week and 2...

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...

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...

Guatemala

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Volunteer abroad in Guatemala with IVHQ! Every year, hundreds of volunteers join IVHQ's highly affordable volunteer projects...

Ecuador

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Volunteers are needed in Ecuador to join a range of highly affordable projects for durations ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks....

Sri Lanka

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Volunteer with IVHQ in Sri Lanka! Highly affordable volunteer projects are available for anywhere from 1 week to 12 weeks. Th...