Multiple Locations +14
  • Ghana
  • Indonesia
    • Bali
  • Argentina
  • Costa Rica
  • Cambodia
  • Ecuador
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Peru
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
1 to 24 weeks
Project Types
Health Education Health Sexual Health Medical HIV Disabled Care

Program Details

Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Apartment Guesthouse Host Family Hostel
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30)


Starting Price
Price Details
Fully hosted experience from only $275 for 1 week - this includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Activities Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
May 01, 2024
Jul 19, 2017
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About Program

Trusted by 136,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's #1 rated Medical volunteer programs 14 destinations worldwide.

For the past 6 years, we've won the "Top Volunteer Abroad Provider Award" from GoOverseas, so you can trust that you're in the safest hands with IVHQ, wherever you choose to go.

Our affordable projects start from $18/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement and local support. Projects run year-round, with durations from 1-24 weeks. Choose from 30 Medical and Health projects, suitable for pre-meds, medical & nursing students and professionals, in fields ranging from physiotherapy, dentistry, nutrition, midwifery and more, promoting better health and wellbeing outcomes in communities where healthcare is limited or difficult to obtain.

With IVHQ’s superior pre-departure support services, you’ll gain exclusive access to your own Volunteer Travel Specialist, comprehensive preparation tools and volunteer training before you leave home.

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Program Highlights

  • Cheapest volunteer programs from $18/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement & local support.
  • Volunteer for 1-24 weeks, year round start dates most Mondays.
  • 15+ years experience & only B Corp certified volunteer travel organization.
  • Get free changes up to 14 days before you start with our flexible booking policy.
  • Affordable way to earn college credit - gain 5 credits for only US$500!

Popular Programs

Medical Volunteer in India

Healthcare in Delhi's public hospitals is free but understaffed and overcrowded. Slum clinics bring medical care to people in need, where hospitals cannot. Volunteers, though limited in their duties, can assist with routine medical tasks, and experienced professionals can provide hands-on care at clinics. Dental students and dentists can also volunteer, but patient demand varies. Volunteers can guide patients on oral hygiene and suggest other treatments.

Dental Volunteer in Guatemala

In Guatemala, underfunded and understaffed health and dental care systems leave many without access to care. As a dental volunteer, you can make a difference by providing care and hygiene education to disadvantaged communities. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to shadow qualified dentists in a cross-cultural setting! Get hands-on experience scheduling appointments, assisting with teeth cleaning, and educating communities on dental hygiene.

Healthcare Outreach Volunteer in Ghana

Access to healthcare in rural Ghana is limited, leaving many without essential services like malaria testing and treatment. Healthcare Outreach and Education volunteers can help bridge this gap while educating rural communities on sexual health, hygiene, and nutrition. Join the program to deliver care and receive training in administering malaria tests. Specialty volunteers, like dentists, can tailor outreach to their expertise.

Health Education Volunteer in Bali

Basic health practices learned at a young age can impact a child's wellbeing for life. Unfortunately, many children in underserved communities lack access to this knowledge. As a Health Education volunteer in Ubud, Bali, you can change this by teaching basic hygiene and health skills to students. Get creative with lesson planning and engage limited-English speakers on topics like oral health, handwashing, cleanliness, and nutrition.

Program Reviews

4.92 Rating
based on 12 reviews
  • 5 rating 91.67%
  • 4 rating 8.33%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Impact 4.5
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.5
  • Value 4.7
  • Safety 4.45
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Yes, I recommend this program

When's the next trip?

My first solo trip, first time trying crowdfunding, first time sitting on a motorcycle with 2 other people, first time making chapati, first time vaccinating people, first time helping with delivery of a newborn, etc. There are too many "first times" for me to mention them all, but in conclusion, this was the best trip ever! I have never felt unsafe at any one time during the trip and had received a lot of kindness from the people there (be it the locals or other volunteers). The experiences during my medical programme were amazing and exceeded my expectations! I think that I would never get a chance to have so much hands-on experience ever. I have made so much friends and memories in just 2 weeks and definitely looking forward to the next trip with IVHQ.

P.S. A tip from me would be to travel alone as it would be easier for you to open up and make more friends instead of staying in your clique.

What would you improve about this program?
99 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Tan, Thanks for sharing! We are so glad that our program in India allowed you to have a vast range of new experiences and gave you the chance to meet new friends from all over the world. Thanks for your recommendation and for being a wonderful volunteer.
Louise – IVHQ India Program Manager

Aimee Leduc
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ Uganda Medical Program

As my first time volunteering abroad I felt extremely supported through the application and preparation process. My emails were answered in a timely fashion and all of the staff were very pleasant to deal with. Upon arrival into Uganda, I was picked up at the airport and taken to the volunteer house where I was given a brief tour and settled to bed. Orientation covered everything needed and I was given every opportunity to ask questions.
My placement at the health center was amazing. It truly was such a rewarding experience and truly made me feel fulfilled. Interacting with the local people was at times difficult, because of the language barrier, but the language lessons provided by IVHQ were very helpful.

I felt very supported throughout my time in Uganda. IVHQ arranged everything, making transport to and from placement easy. We volunteered until about 2pm every day so I felt that I had a good amount of free time to explore the country and town. IVHQ also gave us the opportunity to arrange tours on the weekend if we wanted to view other places in Uganda. At the end of my placement, one of the staff members even drove me to the airport. Working with IVHQ was extremely easy and I can't wait to plan another trip with them sometime soon. I never wanted to leave Uganda!! It was so amazing and so rewarding and the people were absolutely lovely!

What would you improve about this program?
The only improvement I can say would be to inform medical volunteers to bring Scissors, tape, and a penlight!!! Also, remember to bring gloves for yourself, pens, alcohol swabs, and cotton balls. I was always looking for pens and scissors!
91 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Aimee, Thank you for your beautiful review! We are thrilled to hear that you had an amazing and rewarding time in Uganda, as we were so happy to have you join us on the Medical project. Thank you for making the most of your time on the program by pushing through the language barrier at your placement and exploring Uganda in your spare time. We would love to have you join us again in the future.
Will – IVHQ Uganda Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Placement in Ho Chi Minh for IVHQ

Ho Chi Minh is a great city to explore and the people here are amazing. The hospital I volunteered at is full of nice people and the patients are locals who you really do want to get better. They are currently building a more up to date hospital next door, but this hospital certainly has its charms, but also a few drawbacks. The 2-week program was great as we were able to learn about Vietnam and explore.

What would you improve about this program?
More language immersion would be nice.
102 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Sammy, Thanks for sharing. We are glad to hear that you had a great time volunteering on the Medical project and exploring Ho Chi Minh. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
Lynn – IVHQ Vietnam Program Manager

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Yes, I recommend this program

Nurse in Argentina

My experience in Argentina has had positives and negatives but overall had been a great experience. The staff here is incredible, and I really felt at home during these past 6 weeks. I have made such amazing new friends that I will continue to keep in contact with throughout my life. I have also had the opprotunity to see many wonderful places around Cordoba, as well as many other beautiful places around Argentina. My ability to understand and speak Spanish has also improved so much during my time here. One negative aspect of my experience was the impact I contributed within the community. I am a nurse at home and wanted to help with the healthcare project here. I felt at times I wasn´t able to use all my skills as a nurse within the clinic and hospital I worked in. The staff at these places were wonderful and I love bonding with them and the patients, but I felt like I wasn´t very helpful, which was frustrating at times. I would reccommend the healthcare program to nursing students or pre-med students who have a fairly good understanding of Spanish. It would be a very difficult placement if you don´t know Spanish and it isn´t ideal for licensed healthcare professionals since it isn´t very hands on.

What would you improve about this program?
I think it could be very beneficial to do some sort of public health community outreach project within the healthcare project, or possibly working in some poorer communities nearby that need more help in their clinics and hospitals.
96 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Hayley, Thanks for your feedback regarding the healthcare project. We will be sure to pass this feedback on to the Argentina Program Manager so they can look into your suggestions for this project. It is great to heat that, despite the challenges, you had a great experience in Argentina. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

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Yes, I recommend this program

New awakening

During one of our medical campaigns I was introduced to the sweetest child who with just her tiny smile changed my life. You see this little girl was born without a palate and was able to survive in a remote town without proper medical care. She had some additional birth defects but cognitively appeared normal. You could see she was loved and happy and her mother and all the other children treated her no differently because of her appearance. As this little girl walked out of our remote clinic and I said "hasta luego, Wendy" I realized that just by the virtue of your birthplace a simple surgery to fix the cleft palate is not considered or more importantly not available. I began to wonder what was going to happen to this sweet angel and my eyes began to well up. I spent the rest of the day feeling as if I should intervene in some way but the thought of separating this child for even one moment didn't seem fair. Every time I think of Wendy I have to put my sunglasses on but I thank her for changing my life!

What would you improve about this program?
As with anything money to buy more medical equipment to better assess patients would be awesome. So often I felt the need for an EKG and pulse oximetry as an added tool. I realize that even if this could be accomplished is there support for said equipment. Not that I think this can happen but this would improve the outreach program.
86 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi David, Thanks for sharing this story from your time on the program in Guatemala. The respect and compassion you have for the patients at your placement is truly heart-warming. Thanks for being a conscious volunteer and it would be our pleasure to welcome you onto another IVHQ program in the future.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience!

As it was my first time travelling overseas alone I was very apprehensive about it, however volunteering was the best decision I made!! Prior to leaving IVHQ offered a lot of support and the information they provided covered everything I needed to know. The local company we worked with once in Peru were also great, they were very supportive and the orientation was extremely helpful. The accommodation was excellent, the food was delicious and there was always more than enough, we were provided drinking water and the facilities were always clean. It was a great way to meet new people and I feel I have made life long friends even though we live on opposite sides of the world. At my placement the nurses were welcoming and it was a very eye opening experience for me. Due to my spanish not being very good I feel it was a bit of a language barrier to doing more at the project, however I was warned of this by IVHQ prior to leaving and I expected it. The patients were very grateful for my help, which made me feel like it was all worth it! My only regret is not volunteering for longer!

107 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hey Jade! It's great to hear from you :-)
Thanks for the amazing review, IVHQ are stoked that you felt supported by the team and that all of your apprehensions were eliminated. We can't wait to have you volunteer with us again! - Thanks from IVHQ - Hailey

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Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience

It was great to go into the hospital placement and be able to have a connection with not only the children but also the parents. I remember I once was with a father and his disabled son and as soon as the kid was having fun and happy playing with me the father run off to have a shower, do washing and get lunch. It was such a great feeling to know that your not only helping the kids but also helping the parents.

100 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Lori, It's great to hear from you! Thanks for sharing, it sounds like you had a really special time volunteering for 8 weeks in Hanoi. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

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Unreal kindness

I volunteered at the national hospital of accupunture in Hanoi Vietnam. The experience was eye opening and overall unreal. Each day I would play with the kids and massage them, which is part of their treatment plans. It was evident the parents were extremely greatful for our help, which I witnessed even more so as a family who I had been working with for a while invited me back to their home for a meal in my last week. I believe this is a rare experience and if ever offered should be grasped immediately as it truely was amazing. Throughout my time I had many great experiences, however this one stood out for me. I will run it down. To begin I was picked up on motorbike from the hospital after placement and we rode 20 minutes to pick her children up from school, which then we returned to their home. I felt like a queen as the prepared the most extravagant traditional Vietnamese meal for me. All th family including extended family attended, where we shared a beautiful meal as they expressed how truely greatful they were for my help. After several hours I returned home on a motorbike, (which is a lot of fun) and they provided my with a huge bag full of fruit and drawings from the kids, which was truly touching.

What would you improve about this program?
I believe the orientation sheet provided regarding about each placement needs to be updated as I believe that it does not portray the placement accurately
104 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jess, Thanks for sharing your thoughts from your experience volunteering on our Medical project in Hanoi. It sounds like you had a truly special experience. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

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