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Involvement Volunteers International (IVI)

Why choose Involvement Volunteers International (IVI)?

Established in 1989, IVI are pioneers of volunteer overseas experiences. Together with our many partners worldwide, our mission is to educate, fight poverty, improve health and empower change through sustainable volunteer work in developing communities abroad.

As a Non Profit Org, we have placed over 25000+ volunteers worldwide! A volunteer travel experience offers a unique opportunity to learn and grow and can be truly life changing for all involved. Our carefully selected programs are designed to help you actually make a difference.

We have extensive inspirational volunteer programs abroad, including Africa, the South Pacific, South & Southeast Asia, and Cental & South America. All our impactful programs include accommodation, meals, airport transfers, pre-departure support and 24/7 in-country support. Our local partners have years of experience hosting international volunteers and have seen positive impact from our projects.

Join us today and make a difference.

Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

IVI are firmly committed to providing full support and inclusivity for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) individuals. Through our programs and initiatives, we strive to create a safe and empowering space that acknowledges, values, and uplifts the unique perspectives and contributions of BIPOC communities. Our organisation stands united in the fight against discrimination and is dedicated to fostering an environment where everyone can thrive, irrespective of their background.

LGBTQIA+ Support

IVI are dedicated to providing our full support for individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community, we strive to create a safe and welcoming space for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Our commitment extends to promoting equal rights, dignity, and respect for every individual, regardless of their LGBTQIA+ status. We aim to create a world where diversity is embraced and everyone can thrive to their full potential.

Neurodivergent Support

IVI are committed to fostering inclusivity, we provide steadfast support to neurodivergent individuals. Our programs create a safe and embracing environment, where diverse neurocognitive perspectives are valued. Upholding equal rights and respect, we aim to eliminate obstacles and empower all members of the neurodivergent community to thrive through our dedicated initiatives.

Accessibility Support

With a strong commitment to inclusivity, IVI offer support for individuals requiring accessibility accommodations. Our initiatives are designed to create an environment where everyone, regardless of their abilities, can fully participate and contribute. Whilst some programs may be more suitable than others, we strive to empower all individuals to engage and excel in our programs and activities.

Impact

Sustainability

IVI are dedicated to promoting sustainability in all aspects of our work. By embracing sustainable practices, we envision a future where communities thrive, natural resources are preserved, and the Earth's ecosystems are nurtured for generations to come. We are committed to keeping our projects focused on positively benefitting the local communities and environment.

Ethical Impact

Our programs embody ethical volunteering by placing local community well-being and empowerment at the forefront. We engage in transparent collaboration, focusing on sustainable solutions that respect local cultures and preserve dignity. Through responsible, long-term projects, we foster genuine connections, create lasting change, and uphold the principles of ethical engagement.

Reviews

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Monika
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The volunteering was really and unforgettable time and I would definitely do it again!

We got to experience all the work they have to do at this great project to increase the population of the sea turtles. They are also trying to better the environment of this small island and change the mind of the locals there to get rid of the big trash problem they have there. Everyday was something special. We helped cleaning the turtle tanks, cutting fish for the turtles, Cleaned the turtles, get to feed them, went to clean the beach and the street.
The only negative thing I can tell about our volunteering experience was that there were to much volunteers which didn't really care about the volunteering work. There were just there to make party and not for the truly good thing the team is trying to do there.
But that was the fault of the other volunteers.

This project is such a good thing and I really hope that future volunteers will take it more serious! Because only than there will be a real progress soon :)
I really hope for more volunteers with the same intentions than we had, because it is an awesome project!! The Team was soooo great!! They are people with such a good heart and they really want the world to be a better place for animals and humans. The Coordinators really have a passion for this project. Additional to that they are always here for everyone if there is any problem and they always trying to keep you in a good mood. The whole team there is amazing! Everything is clean and the accommodation is really comfy. The food is delicious and there is something for everyone.

Maybe not to much participants. Because we had way to much participant and like at least one half of them didn't really care for what they are trying to do.
And maybe longer working hours. Real volunteers would love to spend more time a day helping the people there so save the turtles and keeping Nusa Penida clean ;)

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Susmita
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering with my daughter

We enjoyed our volunteering experience in Fiji and loved interacting with the warm and welcoming Fijian people. Masi and Mare were great hosts and made our stay as comfortable as possible. It was also nice to meet and enjoy the company of Chris and Ruby and hear of their experiences each day. Sampreeti loved her experience of volunteering in the kindergarten as well as accompanying us on the health checks door to door for those who were too disabled to attend clinics in person.

We also went to a special needs school (Sunshine School) one day with one of the chief guests who was attending a function at the kindergarten. I donated my bp instrument to the health visitor Aseni and hope it will help her monitor the health of her community through discussion with her local medical personnel. Sampreeti also donated a small amount of stationary supplies to the school for the little students. The school and the Lovu Hart Community were very kind welcoming. I gave a small health talk and watched Aseni deliver a talk to the children and parents on health issues. I enjoyed working with Aseni who was a diligent and caring health visitor. We will carry happy memories of our visit to Fiji. Thank you.

Thanks, once again,
Dr Susmita & Sampreeti

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Edward
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Nepal; construction work.

The construction was working on a community park. The local children worked with us on moving dirt with the wheelbarrows - very nice to see them care about their park and interest in us. The only downside in the project was that it was monsoon season which made outdoor work difficult. Local accommodations in Kathmandu were great! Very comfortable and afforded us an opportunity to interact with volunteers from around the globe. The local team was the best ever. Well managed, very professional and very helpful in all things for Nepal. Food was great, cleaning was great.

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Lenard
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

food support Portugal

Project: Food support for the homeless. The volunteering was a lot of fun. I become more skilled in cooking techniques, and learned many things. It was also exciting for me to live by myself in a foreign country and I had a lot of fun with exploring Lisbon by myself.
The food and accommodation was very good. The staff were always very helpful and supportive. The local team was also very friendly, caring and easy approachable. They helped me with planning weekends and were there to answer any questions I may have had.

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Mateusz
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Sri Lanka Turtle conservation

Sri Lanka Turtle conservation review... Volunteering in Sri Lanka has been the best experience of my life; I met incredible people and will definitely never forget it. Comments on local team, food and accommodation... The local food was amazing, and I will definitely want to prepare these dishes when I return home. The local team in Sri Lanka was very helpful, resolving any doubts immediately. The accommodation also met all my expectations.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Lauren Lacey

Job Title
Porgram manager
Masters Degree Marketing, Bachelor Health Science (Nutrition), Post Grad Dip (Nat) and Post Grad Cert Humantarian crisis response. Currently studying a Masters in Psychotherapy to better serve the people I get to work with :-)
Lauren

What is your favorite travel memory?

Arriving in Bodhgaya, India for the very first and being serenaded by beautiful children. My heart has never been so full! The director of the school Dhirendra, taught me a lot about compassion and that the true journey in life is that of the heart. He gave up his entire life and career to build a school to provide an education to the poor children of the villages who had no opportunity otherwise to do so. This has enabled girls to become educated to either do tertiary study or start micro-businesses giving back to the community in a culture that would previously not encourage girls to be self-sufficient. It is through his vision, the shape ofthe entire community has changed and girls having jobs is now normalized. Bodhgaya is home of the Bodhi tree and Buddhist religion so the temples and monks there are also incredible.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Absolutely I have changed! I have learned that by giving back to others my life has become so full. I have had my share of frustrating moments when volunteering (mostly in airports lol!) but I have learned so much about myself and feel called to do more.

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering. Back when there was no internet and phones were a luxury in many parts of the world, we traveled to developing countries in search of credible NGO’s in need of manpower and global volunteer resources. Some of the many relationships we forged are utilized to this day.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

SO many peoples lives have been changed by volunteering, a young volunteer who comes to mind though is his experience of arriving completely lost (mental health challenges) and then got physically lost in India and what emerged was incredible resilience and problem-solving that allowed him to tackle all tasks as the school he volunteered and left a changed person. He has volunteered in multiple countries since as well - Sri Lanka, Fiji and Bali

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Bodygaya, India and the remote island teaching I think are the most special. You learn quickly how important a strong sense of community is even in the poorest of poor conditions. Because they have each other they really can get through anything! The leaders of both projects are incredibly inspiring as well.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
The nutrition and public health and medical projects are our most unique offerings as we send in specialized teams to make a real impact.

Some of the roles include:
– Conducting individual and group consultations
– Remote island healthcare education
– Corporate health
– Children’s health & education
– Identifying protein deficiency among school kids
– Assisting in the prescription of natural protocols
– Providing educational assistance and local talks (if desired)
– Helping build nutrition and diabetes awareness campaigns
– Designing fitness and exercise programs
– Village exercise programs
– General healthy living programs.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Having a humanitarian heart at the centre of a volunteering org is the most important. Giving jobs back to the local community is also important as it ensures the projects are sustainable.

IVI, we are not motivated by profits, but by helping disadvantaged communites around the world to be the best they can be. We would love to have you join us making a positive impact to those in need, as well as to our wonderful planet.

Sam