Volunteer abroad with IVHQ

International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

About

IVHQ is the world’s most trusted and affordable volunteer abroad organization, offering the largest range of safe and impactful volunteer programs in 40+ destinations around the world.

Over 80,000 travelers have volunteered abroad with IVHQ over the past 10 years, making IVHQ the world’s most experienced volunteer organization with the best safety record.

Whether you're taking a volunteer vacation, 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.

Programs are available in these destinations: Bali, Costa Rica, South Africa, Greece, Fiji, Nepal, Peru, Jamaica, Madagascar, Spain, Belize, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Italy, Tanzania, Cambodia, Victoria Falls, India, Vietnam, Portugal, Laos, New Zealand, Belgium, Morocco, Brazil, China, Ghana, Zambia, Uganda, Indonesia, Cambodia, Argentina, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines and Thailand.

Explore the programs below and visit the IVHQ website for more information.

Founded
2007
Headquarters

99 Devon Street
West New Plymouth 4310
New Zealand

Reviews

Isaure
10/10

I can not write in words the truly soul connecting trip I took with my 16 year old son being a volunteer in Tanzania through IVHQ program! We were met by a hard and passionate group of organizers and housed in a host mother who loved and cared for us like no others!

The orphanage we worked welcomed us with humble open arms! We gave our very best of ourselves from teaching and supporting a single teacher juggling several school levels children ... to repainting out of our own free will their school/home yard walls and kitchen in sunny bright colors with the support of other volunteers!

There was so much to visit and see outside of work that our culture and experience was filled with memorable adventure from Safari to hunting for monkeys with the oldest tribe and spending 3 days on Zanzibar Island! Every activities was well organized by IVHQ and all with beneficial massive discounts!
There were volunteers from around the world which we connected with both in social time, tourism and work! The Tanzanian made us feel safe and welcomed!

Our most mother Mama Liz was extraordinary and served us delicious home cooked meals giving us a very clean and organized home environment where we felt right at home!

We highly recommend this experience and IVHQ for making this trip a lifetime memory of love, connection, and growth in being part of people's dream to make this world a better place!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Oliver
9/10

Volunteering with IVHQ in Phnom Penh, Cambodia was a life changing experience for sure!
Considering it was my first time in Asia, the first evening was a little overwhelming. The humidity, the Tuk-Tuk’s, barking dogs, bad roads was all something I was not used to before. Right away the local coordinator took care of me and explained a lot of important things right on the ride to my accommodation. After the first night Cambodia soon began to feel like a second home though. The accommodation was good for third world standards and the local hosts very friendly. The second day all the volunteers had a meeting with information and a Khmer crash course, local food was provided. We then went on to explore the city and get to know each other. The orientation day ended with a nice dinner. After that we didn’t have too much to do with the local IVHQ staff. They were always there if we needed support though.
The food at the placement was good but gets a little old after a few weeks.
After the first day we were working at our placements, I was working with a local NGO which met all my expectations. I felt like I was helping them (I taught english and helped with reports) and I felt appreciated. There was not always enough work which is to be expected though, even the staff was not working all the time. You should not expect western business discipline.
All in all I learned a lot, about third world countries and the problems in Phnom Penh. I had a really good time in Phnom Penh and felt like I could contribute something.
I can recommend IVHQ.

How can this program be improved?
Different Food, fair prices for recommending Tuk-Tuk's.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jacqueline
10/10

hello, I would like to leave a quick recommendation. I was enrolled first for the 1 month project in childcare, then loved it so much, I came home and enrolled in the 24 week project. I think that really speaks for itself how amazing the experience was!!! Colombia is one of the most incredible countries I have EVER been to. I wouldn't have known this, had I not had this experience. I was on the childcare project, mainly working with troubled youths and it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, it has made me explore a new career path now I am home. The local team are so, so, so supportive and the accommodation is in a really great area - close to supermarket, coffee, park and it is very safe. I met some amazing people volunteering and I am certain they are forever friends, as we speak nearly daily!!! I had so much fun on this project. It really was a 10/10 experience and I can't wait to go back next year. Thanks IVHQ for making it all happen!!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lourdes
10/10

This year I decided to pick up my bags and travel as a volunteer. I choose to volunteer in Bali, Lovina teaching English with IVHQ and it was the best decision I made. From the second the airplane landed it was paradise. The landscape surrounding me was green, the smells were natural and pollution free, and the plants, the fruits, the sound of the birds, the people singing, and the children playing filled me with a sense of complete joy. The program was very well organized. An administrator sent a driver to pick me up from the airport, and on my very first hours I was already exploring different places. It was a mesmerizing experience!

When I arrived at the volunteer house I was nervous to meet the rest of the volunteers. After all, I was traveling alone from the other side of the globe. From the moment I got there, we were all automatically connected. It was amazing! the very first day before our introduction to the program we all went out to watch the sunrise and dolphins. It was down the street from where we were staying and it cost us only one dollar per person. Incredible! Some free afternoons we went to waterfalls or hiking, and each day was better than the one before. I went to Bali thinking I could make a difference in the lives of others, but little did I know the life that would be changed would be mine. The team from IVHQ made a big impact in my experience. They always made us feel at home, they helped us with everything, they cooked amazing meals in the mornings, the afternoon, and the evenings. Something I loved is how they played their guitars at the end of each day. They truly made the atmosphere a happy and welcoming place. Just thinking about it and writing about it feels like a dream again.

Let me tell you about my teaching experience. I never realized how much impact we make on these children until I was there. Every day these kids had their papers, their pencils, and were ready to learn. They waited at the doors and they had the biggest smiles on their faces, and they loved getting their papers graded. They felt loved and they were learning English and interacting with people who really cared for them and had the desire to teach them. I thought them healthcare Education, the classes can include topics such as brushing teeth correctly, washing hands, general body cleanliness and nutrition. I also tought them English using games, songs, art, sports and music and I teamed up with other volunteers for additional support. We all had so much fun! When I saw their excitement, I realized that I was little by little starting to make a difference in the world one person at a time. The last day, the kids prepared a good-bye surprise where they wrote letters and brought flowers and little presents.

It is amazing how you come into this program as strangers and you leave with bonds of friendship that will endure. You see all the human beauty of humility, patience, inner happiness, and souls at peace with the world as it is. These are all “Lessons of Life” that I could have not learned in a classroom. I am not a teacher, in fact I’m going to be a lawyer, but what I experienced in Bali, no money or college degree can buy. I transcended race, religion, language barriers and cultural divides to arrive at happiness and peace. The dresses and trinkets I brought home may remind me of my time there, but the true souvenirs will be the memories of the warmth and smiles of the Balinese people. Those souvenirs cannot be lost or broken and can’t be stashed away in the bottom of a box or the corner of a closet. They will always be within me. My way of seeing things has changed and I can change things for the better one person at a time. I’m extremely thankful for all the help and professionalism of the IVHQ team in making this experience exceptional and look forward to the next volunteering opportunity. In fact, I have already been accepted to volunteer in India during my winter break! Thank you IVHQ !!!

Yes, I recommend this program
Selen
10/10

I was hesitant going abroad by myself at first, living in Europe and heading all the way to Bali was a long journey and I was worried I hyped it up too much and I wouldn't be able to make friends. Well I was worried for nothing! Everyone is there to help out and make new friends, the staff are some of the friendliest I've ever encountered and the Balinese people were so welcoming wherever we went. The first week is usually induction if you do more than a week, and that is where you meet most of the people while going around Bali with the group supervisor. My supervisor, Dayu, was so so sweet and helpful with everything. During the week you do whatever option for volunteering you decided to go for and have weekends off to explore Bali. We went to nusa penida and Gili islands which were two of my top to do things even before I got to Bali so I am so happy I managed to do them! I've met people from all over the world and I would 100% recommed you go even if youre having second thoughts like I did, it will change your outlook forever and I will for sure be doing it again! Teaching children while also seeing a different country was so much more rewarding to me than anything I did before and I can't believe how nice and welcoming everyone was. The program I did was teaching, and after only a week I got so attached to them and teared up when I had to leave. I really hope they remember all the things I taught them, I guess the only way to find out is to go back again.. :)

Yes, I recommend this program

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