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

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Juan Jose
10/10

I think having the opportunity of meeting the kids on the program and learn frome them is a privilege, and one of the best choices you’ll ever make on your life, their beautiful souls and their energy will get the best of you fore sure, I’m very thankful for that, to that add the chance to surf 5 days a week, leave and make friends frome all over the world, and been able to discover everything this great country has to offer.
What else can you ask for, if you’re spending half your day at the beach with the most amazing individuals, surfing, swinging, playing...
In this proyect I learned to value everything you do everyday, no matter how small it is, if it wakes you a little happy, you should be great full for it. Also the staff is carrying and thoughtful, and always willing to help you, and the town and it’s people are the moste warm and welcoming you’ll find.

How can this program be improved?
Improve the administration system. Sometimes it feels like the staff keeps doing what they know and think is good for the program without looking for better ways of spending the money.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Isabella
10/10

I chose to volunteer with IVHQ because my school required me to fulfill an international experience in order to graduate and most students there have volunteered through IVHQ. I decided last minute I wanted to do this instead of another program offered by my school, I didn't know where to volunteer in, and I didn't have the time to research other countries either. I thought Mérida was a good idea because I already spoke Spanish, it was affordable, and the travel distance was relatively shorter compared to other locations... And it was the best the decision I could've made! I have met wonderful people here, I have made new friends, and I have visited the beautiful surroundings including downtown Merida and Uxmal ruins.
The schedule is perfect for both volunteering and exploring, a typical day includes around four hours of volunteer work in the morning with the afternoons are free. The project I worked on was sustainable agriculture in which I helped in a community garden, and I learned how to grow tomatoes, pumpkin, and eggplants. I also had the opportunity to support the childcare project at Amiguitos, and I must say this placement was my favorite! At Amiguitos, the children were exposed to an interactive, fun, but structured environment. It was just wonderful! The kids would play outside, every day they would have a different outdoor activity; then they would come back inside and toys were set out for them, this was to keep them entertained while waiting for their turn to take a shower; then they would have lunch, brush their teeth and prepare for nap time. I was impressed with the level of discipline these kids had!
Overall, IVHQ-Mérida was a great experience, you won't regret your decision if you choose this program!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Cindy
10/10

This has been my first ever experience participating in a volunteer program. The opportunity came to me because my granddaughter needed to attend a volunteer program as part of her college curriculum. She chose to study in Mexico and selected a program related to childcare and then asked me to accompany her. So we will have completed two weeks working assisting and participating in the program at a local daycare with children from ages 0 to 6. The program director instructors and teachers follow a punctual Program they are very friendly and combine their teaching with love and affection for the children it was a wonderful experience and I feel privileged to have been a part of it. In addition to the friends we meet at the daycare my granddaughter and I have also made really good friends with other members of the group here and were able to visit multiple historical locations spend the weekend in Cancun and The IVHQ staff was very welcoming and supportive and accommodating.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Hannah
10/10

I was so nervous when I first found out I had to study abroad but I am so thankful I found IVHQ. Not only did they give me the courage to come to a whole new country and experience the culture but they also provided me with so much fun experiences tors of historical sites and also made sure that all my needs were taken care of every day! The program I chose was child care and I have never felt more joy in my life. The children were so happy and well behaved and we’re just so cute. I helped out a lot in the nursery which I found was the most heartwarming rocking babies to sleep and making sure they had fun interactions with each other. There’s no greater feeling than walking into the daycare and having a dozen kids run up to you hugging you and saying hello even though you don’t speak their language just the fact that you’re there makes them happy which in turn makes me happy!

Yes, I recommend this program
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rhiannon
9/10

My three months in Ghana through IVHQ were unforgettable, life changing and worth every penny. The staff made sure that we everyone was comfortable while experiencing new skills and adventures, all of which were interesting and enjoyable. The online team are helpful even before you arrive and offered advice on all aspects including what to take, how to sort visas out and ensuring that any concerns I had were diminished before I left. On arrival finding the friendly member of staff who was there to pick us up was relatively easy in the crowded and hectic airport. Orientation was well organised and informative with a language lesson from a brilliant member of staff named Evans who is one of the most hardworking and dedicated members of the team. He is also in charge of arranging malaria testing for the children in schools and local people. Evans encourages everyone to come and test people in towns, as not only is it an interesting and good experience it is also a wonderful skill to learn and gives those with malaria a fighting chance (as we also distributed medication too) .
On weekends trips were arranged. In my time there I did a few, including Cape Coast, Twi Waterfalls and Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary. Arranged by Elvis and Evans, these trips were well organised with enough flexibility for it to be massively enjoyable while also interesting and informative, allowing us to experience new things we may never have experienced otherwise. The trips were affordable and the accommodation comfortable, clean and in a good location.
The accommodation (in the purple program in Frankadua) I had been in during the weekdays was comfortable, accommodating, in a good location- about 2 hours from the capital city of Accra- and had wonderful food provided by the fantastic cook Rita. While the facilities were basic, the charm and homely feeling you get if you have an open mind allows you to settle quickly. The program offers a wide range of options on what to do from day to day. Spanning from teaching to agriculture with enough flexibility and support to do something different from day to day or week to week.
Of course I can't put how incredible my experience was into words, but I would recommend this life changing chance to anyone and everyone in a heart beat and I'm so grateful to everyone, especially those i have name for ensuring my time there was used constructively through enjoyable, breathtaking and eye opening moments, as well as supporting me through every moment.

Yes, I recommend this program

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