International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Program Reviews

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Brandon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Jungle Conservation in Peru

This program is perfect for adventurer's that want to get off of the beaten path. I met some wonderful people and learned a lot about the most biodiverse place on planet Earth! I was initially scared of the prospect of living in the jungle for many weeks, but it isn't all just snakes and spiders! My time in the forest gave me time to reflect on questions that I have been needing to answer my whole life. If you find yourself needing a real adventure and some time away from your normal life, there are few better options.

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moment was, by far, my fellow volunteer leaping out of his seat while we were fishing, nearly capsizing our small boat, because he was convinced that a spider was crawling up his leg.
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Dennisse
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

San Diego experience

I had a wonderful experience in San Diego. I really enjoyed working with the homeless population and learning new things everyday. So far this has been one of the best experiences of my life. I hope I can volunteer again! The team was extremely supportive as well. This experience will change your life for the better. If you’re thinking of completing this program don’t think about it more. Just go for it and enjoy the adventure of being able to served the community and enjoying the amazing weather SD offers!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice is for you to go with an open mind. As long as you’re willing to learn you will have an amazing experience.
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Karen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Community Development New Orleans

Awesome experience to work with the locals. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming.
This was an Eye opening experience to work with the citizens still recovering from the devastating effects of recent Hurricanes. Inspired my the locals positive attitude even though some lost their homes from the hurricane.
IVHQ contacts guided me in every step of my journey. My contacts were always a text away if I needed them for questions. The lines of communication with IVHQ were always open and with immediate response.
Always felt safe.

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Alexandra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

10/10 for Nakavango!

Absolutely loved it! Amazing food and people and made a real impact on the community. The chefs cooked amazing food on the premise and used vegetables and fruits handpicked from the garden on site. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and always kept us safe while out on the game drives. We had weekends off as to explore the surrounding area and do thrill seeking adventures in town! The work was arduous yet rewarding, as we removed invasive tree species and worked at the local school. 10/10!!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would stay for a whole month instead of just 2 weeks!
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Max
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in Nairobi

I went to the Teaching programme in Nairobi and it was the best experience in my life! Some people said that they were amazed that I am doing this with just 18, but I think it helped me a lot to grow and see beyond my little home town in Germany. All the kind people I met there, the volunteers, my host family and all the kids at the school… I have already decided to visit them before I go to University and I will definitely take part in even more IVHQ programmes!!! The only regret I have is that I only signed up for a month, so to everyone wanting to do this programme I recommend to do it over a longer period of time!!!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have chosen to do the full 3 months, instead of only 1 month!
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JULIEN
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

International Volunteer HQ South Africa

On my first IVHQ trip to Ghana 2 years ago, I realized that it would not be my last.
Now, 2 years later after Kenya and Tanzania, South Africa was my 4th.
Living in the same volunteer house with 20 or more outstanding adults from around the world was truly awe-inspiring. The camaraderie of all the volunteers quickly established a bond between us. Our local hosts, Renae, Ben and Issy treated us like family.
The care free and cheerful children at the schools, on the soccer field and on the beaches made it an unforgettable experience.
Add the weekend excursions to Capetown, Table Mountain and Cape Point/Cape of Good Hope and IVHQ becomes an awesome adventure, not to be missed
I'm looking forward to my next IVHQ adventure next spring to Madagascar (Ocean Outreach) and Jordan (Food Outreach)
Julien Comeau, Canada, age 77

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Eral
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Childcare in Ghana

It was the best experience i've ever had in my life. I love Ghana! I loved being part of something good and ı love every person in this program. Thank you IVHQ!
ı have more frıends, a lot of amazing pictures, good memories now...
I was ın gold program and everyone in this program was so helpfull..
We were 8 when i start program with friends from all around the world, ı went there alone ı back with many friends and good memories, if u thınkıng about go there u shouldnt think twice...
Just do it!

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Anne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Purple Program in Ghana doing Teaching, Childcare, Sports

I'm just back from Ghana on the Purple Program with IVHQ! My program included teaching, childcare, sports and construction. The program is very well organized by IVHQ and the designated leader Elvis made your transition into the village that much easier. Elvis was exceptional at his job without him the trip wouldn't have been the same. No matter how big or small the request from the volunteers he made sure to get it done for them. Elvis helped you make the most out of your free time by organising excursions such as weekend trips to cape coast or day trips to waterfalls. Whatever you would like to do he will make sure you get it done within your time on the programme. Elvis has such fantastic professional relationships with people around the village and when we travel on the weekends, which helps benefit the growth of IVHQ organization’s and makes the volunteers trip more enjoyable and smooth sailing

What was your funniest moment?
When the local shop (Joe's) was playing bob Marley and all the volunteers and locals went up to dance to the music
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Tanacia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AMAZING PROGRAM

Volunteering with IVHQ Ghana was my first time volunteering overseas and I was nervous. Everyone was so amazing at helping us get used to different environments. I felt completely safe and the food was amazing. The program is versatile, you are able to help out in some of the other programs if you would like. I was apart of the medical program, but spent a few days volunteering on the farm and i loved it!! Thank you to the program directors, Elvis, Joe, Milli, Mary, and everyone for allowing us to feel very comfortable.
Volunteering in Ghana was truly a positively life-changing experience and hope to be able to go back in the future!

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Keith
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

Volunteering with my wife at the aquarium in Zanzibar was a great experience. It was also very informative about sea turtle conservation and we left there learning more about sea turtles than we ever thought we would. The staff at the aquarium there was very friendly and always helpful. The World Unite staff was extremely helpful and very dedicated to their jobs. They were very willing to help from the time you landed on the island all the way until you left to go home. For anyone who volunteers in Zanzibar, make your voice heard because staff are willing to change things if it improves the program.

Response from World Unite!

Hi Keith,

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are always delighted to receive feedback from participants of our programs.

We are glad to read that you and your wife had a great experience volunteering at the Marine Turtle aquarium in Nungwi and that you learned a lot about turtles. As well as how the aquarium and World Unite! staff were helpful and supportive throughout your entire stay. We are happy to have made your stay in Zanzibar worthwhile.

We wish you all the best and Karibuni tena Zanzibar.