Location
Multiple Locations +5
  • Argentina
  • Ghana
  • Romania
  • Costa Rica
  • Indonesia
    • Bali
Length
1 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
275
Price Details
Fully hosted experiences starting from just $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
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
May 01, 2024
Jun 28, 2023
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About Program

Trusted by 136,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's #1 rated Childcare volunteer programs 26 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 40 Childcare projects, where you'll work alongside local staff - no previous experience required, and gain experience teaching, tutoring and caring for children.

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.

Consider your impact: Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both volunteers and local communities, and at Go Overseas, we believe all volunteers should have the resources to make informed decisions about the type of volunteer project they want to partake in. However, despite best intentions, some organizations offering placements in orphanages may unknowingly place children in danger. You can read about the potential dangers of orphanage volunteering here. Learn more about how International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ is promoting ethical volunteering.

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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!

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Program Reviews

4.91 Rating
based on 11 reviews
  • 5 rating 90.91%
  • 4 rating 9.09%
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  • Impact 4.75
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 4.85
  • Value 4.75
  • Safety 4.9
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Illeana
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ

As a solo traveler, they made this experience easy to go through and all the coordinators were available for any advice for trips and transportation. Being able to see the culture and lifestyle of such a tight knit community was amazing and walking around with such friendly people everywhere was very amazing. I will never forget the memories and the children. Being able to teach them was such an amazing experience and they were all so loving and eager to learn and made the experience a lot of fun.

Pros
  • once you arrive they take care of anything you need
  • you have time on the weekends to explore
  • the community and people are so welcoming
76 people found this review helpful.
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Sarai
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Memorable experience!!

Three weeks in Mexico was an unforgettable experience. Overall when I look back at my time here in Mexico, I am very thankful to have had this opportunity. The kids that I met at my job placement were some of the funniest and humble kids Id ever met. I really enjoyed being someone these kids could talk to and be themselves with. It was super hard saying goodbye and they truly helped me grow as a person! However, I wish the program would have been more clear since the begining on what age groups we would be working with. It would have been very helpful when choosing which materials to bring. My stay at the volunteer house was a good choice because it was really nice being able to meet other likeminded people. The people are what made this whole experience worthwhile! The stay at the house was good, but some nights felt extremely hot and uncomfortable. Despite the sleep situation, I never felt uncomfortable or unsafe walking around the streets. Mexico is a wonderful country and I really enjoyed being apart of something bigger than myself. I'm glad I choose this program because it introduced me to so many great people and left me with an overall amazing experience.

What would you improve about this program?
I think this program can improve by having more structure in each program. Starting with a schedule for each program and build on that. Being more proactive, the coordinatirs should organize where each volunteer will be placed before they arrive therefore they are able to buy any supplies they need and be more prepared.
108 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Sarai, We are so happy to hear that you had an unforgettable experience in Merida, Mexico! Thanks for your feedback and recommendation - we would love to have you join us again in the future.
Andrea – IVHQ Mexico Program Manager

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Shauna
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Nepal- A life changing experience!

The time I spent in Nepal has absolutely changed me and my perspective on life completely. I cannot even put into words how amazing of a time I've had and I am so grateful to the people that I have net along the way who have impacted me and my life so positively. I learned so much about the culture, food and people of Nepal but mostly I've learned so much about myself and I have come away from this programme so full of confidence and love for life. I adored the women and children that I worked with and I will never forget them. I also think that I was part of the most amazing group of volunteers. We grew so close so quickly and learned so much about each other and our different customs and cultures. IVHQ and Vertical Assent were a fantastic team to work with and anyone thinking about going through this agency need not have any worries. You're in good hands!

What would you improve about this program?
The programme itself is fine however I feel like I could have done more volunteering hours in the day. Also there was an issue with organisation however I don't believe that this is any fault of IVHQ. It is the general setup and attitude of the people of Nepal.
115 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Shauna, Thanks for sharing this beautiful review! It is inspiring to hear about how your experience volunteering in Nepal positively changed your perspective on life. Thanks for recommending IVHQ, we would love to have you join us again in the future!
Louise – IVHQ Nepal Program Manager

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Emily
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Ghana. You Gotta Go!

Last November I left the US for the first time to pursue a lifelong dream of exploring global orphan care. After researching different organizations, I decided to partner with IVHQ to volunteer at a local orphanage in Ghana. It was one of the best decisions I've made and certainly two of the most fulfilling weeks of my life.

I was expecting to fall in love with the kids-which I did, but I wasn't expecting to fall in love with the Ghanian culture and people-which I also did. I learned so many valuable life lessons that I wouldn't have been able to learn in other countries, and certainly not in any textbooks. The things you think you need to survive...you don't. And that's a liberating and humbling realization to make.

It wouldn't be a thorough review of my time in Ghana without giving a special shoutout to my good friend Evans, one of IVHQs staff. He was one of the highlights during my stay. He has a gift for making people feel like they're part of a family. With Evans around, there was never a time I didn't feel safe and hardly a time I felt like a foreigner. He was the first to show me around and always kept us laughing. It wouldn't have been the same without him and I'm sure if you choose to visit Ghana, you'll say the same! He's the man.

So if you're looking for an affordable way to get involved globally and want to make unforgettable memories, contact IVHQ today! I have absolutely no regrets in choosing them, and I'm confident that you won't either!

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

Hi Emily, What a great review! We are stoked that you had an incredibly fulfilling time with us in Ghana! It sounds like you arrived with an open mind really made the most of your time by getting to know the local culture and people. We will be sure to pass your kind words on to Evans and we love the photo of you at your placement with a gigantic smile on your face. Thanks for your recommendation and for being a great IVHQer!
Kaila – IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

ReneeMichelle
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ Volunteer Experience

I do not have the words to fully explain how I feel about this program. It has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I will always cherish this place. The people: 10/10, the placement: 10/10 and the experience: 10/10. This place will change your life if you let it. The food was great, a bit salty at times. The childcare program was what I did and it was incredible. The childen and the teachers were all incredibly welcoming and though I did not speak any spanish when I arrived they were always ready to help and willing to try to communicate. THANK YOU IVHQ FOR EVERYTHING I HOPE TO COME BACK AGAIN!!!

What would you improve about this program?
Some volunteers including I were expecting we would do more volunteer hours and the placements were not what was described on the IVHQ website. It would be good if the descriptions were more accurate online.
116 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi ReneeMichelle, Thank you for a resounding 10/10! We are stoked to hear that your time in Argentina was one of the most amazing experiences of your life. We will be sure to take you feedback on board. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we hope to have you volunteer with us again!

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Marisol
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Ghana is Life

My name is Marisol I am 24 years of age. I recently embarked on a Volunteer trip to Ghana, Africa. There, I helped with the Childcare program. I was placed at a orphanage called Potters Village. There is currently 150 kids there , ages 9months through 23 years of age. Even though I was only there for one week I fell in love with each and every one of the kids. They are full of joy and innocence. I was able to teach them some math during my stay and I was given the freedom to help with anything I wanted. Education is very important and I feel like we need volunteers who are willing to teach the kids. Kids are super smart and ready to learn. The people at the orphanage and Ghana in general are the sweetest people I have ever met. Everyone including the kids are always ready to help and make you feel at home. Ghana is super safe and I had no bad experience . IVHQ did a wonderful job on guiding me through the city of Accra and were great host. Africa is a beautiful place and I truly recommend it to anyone espcieally students so they can see the difference of lifestyles and couples who would be willing to adop a child. I definitely plan on going back as soon as possible.

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

Hi Marisol, thanks for sharing. We are so happy to hear that you felt safe in Ghana and received wonderful support from the IVHQ team. Thanks for your recommendation and for being a lovely volunteer. We would love to have you back with IVHQ.

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Maria
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

4 weeks changed 18 years

I spent 4 weeks in Tanzania working in an orphanage. Going there I thought it would be good but had no idea what to expect. Now that I'm home all I want to do is to go back because the truth is, I has so happy in Africa, made so many new friends, ate some amazing food, my placement and my babies were incredible. To all considering going but are scared, just do it! You will have all the support in the world there!

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

Hi Maria, Thank you so much for your recommendation! It has been our pleasure to have you as an IVHQ volunteer. We are thrilled to hear that you were happy while on the program in Tanzania. We would love to welcome you back again in the future.

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Bre
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A Summer Well Spent

I lived in Uganda for two months this summer and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I'm a college student and I really found the IVHQ program to be affordable, not to mention the support from the international staff and the local staff. My questions were always answered promptly and I always had access to any information that I needed. I really appreciated how approachable and communicative the staff was, especially since I was a woman traveling alone. I always felt very safe.

While in Uganda, I served at Royal Nursery and Daycare, a day school for children ages 3-9. The children stole my heart, the the needs of the school were numerous. I did what I could to help, really trying to listen to what the teachers needed, and I can only hope that future volunteers will do the same.

I also got the chance to travel while in country. I took multiple day trips to Kampala and Entebbe, since the program house is located on the main road between the two cities. I went to a Uganda soccer game. I went whitewater rafting on the Nile River in Jinja. I took a weekend hiking trip to Sipi Falls. I went to the botanical gardens and wildlife conservation center in Entebbe. I went shopping at many different craft markets.

The friendships I formed locally and with other volunteers are ones that I cherish. I got a cold while I was there and had to stay home for a few days and the local staff took such great care of me, making me special food and taking turns checking on me. It meant so much to me. overall, the program was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an opportunity to serve others while getting to travel and go on adventures. My only regret is that the summer ended so quickly.

What would you improve about this program?
It might be good if volunteers were requested to withdraw some local currency when they first arrive at the airport. Sometimes it is tricky for the first few days when you don't know your way around and you haven't had the chance to exchange any money.
107 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi there Bre,
Thanks for the review and for sharing your photos. Sounds like you had an amazingly rewarding two months in Uganda! It's awesome that you had the opportunity to travel over the weekends and that you made friends for life. We hope to have you join us on another IVHQ program soon!

Questions & Answers

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