International volunteer services with intvs.org

International Volunteer Services

About

We are an international volunteer organization, with programs in South East Asia and South America, which differentiates itself, above all, along three lines:

- By offering a very personalized service in English, French and Spanish, of programs that we ourselves have either personally volunteered on, or have been involved with on-sight. This service is provided either via mail, skype or phone calls, or, when possible, in person.
- By offering quality programs starting from 9$ per day, including food, accommodation and orientation.
- By providing complete transparency of our organization; Volunteers pay a set registration fee to us and pay the local NGO fee directly to the NGO, of which we receive zero commission.

We provide information not just on the program tasks and schedule, but also on all necessary bureaucratic tasks that need done (visa, vaccines, travel insurance...), as well as in depth information about the region, its culture and history.

Website
www.intvs.org
Founded
2014
Headquarters

United States

Reviews

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Jaime
9/10

The collaboration with the teachers in the school was amazing. We received the lessons in advance in order to have enough time to prepare the activities and some games (the students always want to play some games, is the funniest part). The students were amaizing, very kind and they are always willing to learn English. In some classes the English level was not such good, so the Vietnamise teacher helped us to explain the lessons. Normally the children participated a lot during the lessons but if not, you have to find different ways to motivate them.
All Pascal School stuff wanted that you feel there like at home, and they achieved it.

This was my first experience as a volunteer and I will repeat for sure.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Dechen
10/10

I enjoyed alot in Thailand since it was my first time life experience. I didn't even dream of going to Thailand but I got that opportunity and I didn't let it go in vain because I grasped it very tightly and enjoyed it. My experience in Thailand was unique because I was the only lady to go with 15 gents teacher. At first I thought of giving up on going to Thailand when I heard that there were 15 gents and I will be the only lady to go with them but then it was a great opportunity that I was getting so I couldn't give up. I was afraid at first but I really wanted to go so I went and now I feel that I did a great job by going to Thailand because it realy was a very good experience in my life and still now the images of me in Thailand comes very clearly in my mind I realy miss my trip to Thailand.I want to go again so I am searching realy hard for the opportunities to go overseas. My favourite memory in Thailand was visiting pattaya beach but sadly I couldn't swim because my friends were all gents I felt shy of swimming in front of them so all I did was watch them enjoy swimming in the beach. I really wanted to swim there because the beach was so beautiful but I couldn't and thats the biggest regret from my trip to Thailand.

How can this program be improved?
It is very interesting la
Yes, I recommend this program
Josu
10/10

When I first decided to volunteer in Takeo I had no idea how much of a meaningful impact it would have on me. I discovered a very beautiful and charming country from a different perspective. I learned so much from their customs and from their lives.

Teaching English through music is a very amusing volunteering experience and as the kids learn the lyrics and the key words so quickly you feel very heart-warmed. I was there on my own but I would also recommend going with someone else. Even though the town is relatively small there is a long list of things to, for me it was playing football with the locals that kept me busy during the afternoons. Nonetheless, others may find more interesting experiences visiting pagodas, cycling around, finding a nice place to chill and read next to the lake or simply interacting with the locals, who are always cheerful and willing to help.

With regards to the teaching method, music is a very powerful tool, but you can also carry out complementary activities such as games and filling the gaps with alphabet soup exercises. I wanted the classes to be very enjoyable and the kids just help so much.

I hope more volunteers can go there on a regular basis in the future because there are more schools to cover and a huge work to do.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Arturo
10/10

As the first week was coming to an end, as part of the volunteering program we went for green turtle capture. This consist on using a specific type of fish as bait to attract turtles and then capture them to take some measurement to see how the population is evolving. At first everything was calm, since any turtle came to eat the bait. But as soon as one approach everybody jumped off their seats and started to get ready. At first ,I did not know how we were supposed to bring the turtle up the boat, so I thought we might have a net or something similar. But NO, a staff from the volunteering program, who is an expert diver jumped on the turtle who was swimming and grab it. As soon as he approach the boat with the turtle we help him put it on the boat. I couldn't help since I was almost in shock, with everything, as it happened so fast. That first capture was something I could not forget since it let me amazed. After taking all the measurements and making sure we had gathered all the information we needed from the turtle we released it. As we did more captures I realized that was the procedure, and even try it myself (with no success since the turtle escaped) but was definitely an experience I wish everybody could live.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Isa
10/10

Together with my boyfriend I went as the first volunteer to this program. As we stayed only for a week we couldnt, of course, make any huge differences. But I could see the potential, and I belive that once INTVS can start sending volunteers regularly and if the volunteers can stay a bit longer than we did this program will really make a big differnce for these kids.

Before we went I was a bit worried about that the program would be more like a tourist attraction, more for me to take pictures with cute kids than actually helping. But it was nothing like that, and if you want to help this is a really good program to choose. In the rural areas in Cambodia, like Takeo, the english level is really low. But still, english is a really important thing for the kids to learn. All this they explained to us when we arrived, and after that I felt really motivated. As I met the kids and saw how much they want to learn and how much fun we could have together during the classes I felt so happy that I went there. Both the kids as well as the teachers seemed to share my joy and I wish I could have stayed longer to see the childeren improve their english level.

Apart from making a difference and helping, it was a nice experience because we got to see something else than the typical touristic places most of people see when they go traveling. We got to see the countryside, parts of the everyday life, eat local food and meet local people and so on. The people at the volunteer house took so good care of us, showed us around and helped us with whatever we needed.

All in all, we had an amazing time and I would really recomend you to go. But remember, this program is young and for example the teachers in the schools are not yet used to voluteers coming. This means that the first days you might feel a bit lost and things can seem to be a bit unorganized, but have patience and everything will be just fine. If you are a person that can take initiative or if you maybe have some experience in volunteering/teaching/traveling that will help you. But dont worry, the people at the volunteer house will support you and after a few days you will understand how things work.

How can this program be improved?
Just for the local teachers and the rest of the people there to get used to have volunteers coming and learn how to handle it, so that the volunteers dont have to feel lost when they arrive in the school. But that will probably be fixed automatically when volunteers start going there regularly and the teachers find methods of how to help the volunteers know where in the english book to pick up after the one before etc.
Yes, I recommend this program

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