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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Joshua
10/10

I cannot recommend the island outreach program enough! From the moment i arrived in Madagascar i received so much support from the local staff and other volunteers. The staff made sure i was safe and comfortable in my accommodation and always wanted to know about feedback to help the programs grow which i think is brilliant. The program itself was life changing and is an experience that will stay with me forever. It helped me get out of my comfort zone, grow as a person and i really felt like i had an impact on the local communities and wildlife. Every second of the program was incredible and i have made such good friends from the experience. If you're thinking about doing the island outreach program then just go for it! You won't regret it

How can this program be improved?
Undertake more surveys on the wildlife when doing hikes and snorkeling. Go to more isolated schools and teach them for 45mins to an hour.
Yes, I recommend
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Rhianan
10/10

Amazing experience! Taught english in Phnom Penh for 2 months at Happy School and had the most amazing and life changing experience. The volunteer house was so cool, had a rooftop. Served yum food every day, amazing staff at the house who helped with everything - including visas to other countries. IVHQ and CVF are both awesome organisations and I will be volunteering again with IVHQ because of how reliable, affordable and easy the whole experience was with them - staff always reply to emails and you don't feel hesitant to approach your program manager and ask questions about your trip etc. Highly recommend IVHQ if you're wanting to volunteer abroad. Also numbers to call for free etc so you never feel shut out or scared about anything! My placement was perfect, couldn't have been happier. Surrounded by the most hardworking, kind and passionate kids every day and teaching them english was amazing. THANK YOU IVHQ!

How can this program be improved?
Honestly can't think of anything that needs to be improved - everything exceeded my expectations and I had such an amazing trip. Everything from the in cambodia support to the ivhq website is spot on, I am very pleased :)
Yes, I recommend
Quinn
10/10

I couldn’t be happier about my volunteer trip to South Africa. The entire trip was simply put, absolutely amazing. The kids I was allowed to work with brought me more smiles than I’ve ever had. They taught me so much and are so such strong little souls especially knowing what they have been through. The entire experience completely opened my eyes. On top of the great volunteer program I was able to meet other friends who I have remained in contact with and am planning to travel again with. We were also allowed so much independence that I was also allowed to explore the country on my time while not volunteering which made my trip even better. From the second I even began emailing IVHQ they helped me with every single step along the way in a timely manner. Even when I got to my program in Africa they were also willing to accommodate every need/desire that I could ask for. I would highly recommend going through this program to anyone who asks.

Yes, I recommend
Quinn
10/10

I couldn’t be happier about my volunteer trip to South Africa. The entire trip was simply put, absolutely amazing. The kids I was allowed to work with brought me more smiles than I’ve ever had. They taught me so much and are so such strong little souls especially knowing what they have been through. The entire experience completely opened my eyes. On top of the great volunteer program I was able to meet other friends who I have remained in contact with and am planning to travel again with. We were also allowed so much independence that I was also allowed to explore the country on my time while not volunteering which made my trip even better. From the second I even began emailing IVHQ they helped me with every single step along the way in a timely manner. Even when I got to my program in Africa they were also willing to accommodate every need/desire that I could ask for. I would highly recommend going through this program to anyone who asks.

How can this program be improved?
Only thing I would recommend is that the company mentions their awesome Facebook group more readily to volunteers because it’s very helpful to hear from others who have traveled to where you are going or those who will be traveling at the same time as you.
Yes, I recommend
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Kathryn
10/10

I really feel like this program is a great way to show love through service and also participate in essential tasks in each country. I was in Faridabad in India and in the mornings on placement we learned so much. Then in the afternoons and on weekends we were free to explore. This program offered all of the safety of a home base and all of the freedom of solo travel. While in Delhi we visited the Devi temple, lotus temple, Geeta mandir, jampath market, Gurgaon, the Taj Mahal, old Faridabad market, sector 15, we went to a cinema, and all kinds of other fun things along the way. All this was done in only 1 week! The girls who stayed longer even went to Rishikesh and Jaipur! Delhi captures my heart. I told Soumita, our volunteer coordinator, I would graduate from medical school, learn Hindi and then come back and I mean it!

How can this program be improved?
Everything was perfect. And it’s the most affordable overseas volunteering program I’ve seen.
Yes, I recommend

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