Affordable Volunteer Programs in Tanzania from $270

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Are you ready for a meaningful adventure in Tanzania? Join International Volunteer HQ, the world’s most trusted and affordable volunteer abroad organization, in Africa.

You can choose from 5 volunteer project options based within villages and urban communities in and around Arusha. Your program fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in either a volunteer house or homestay, with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ is trusted to support the meaningful adventures of thousands of volunteers every year, so before you even depart for Tanzania, you’ll receive outstanding personalized service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager.

If you thrive on authentic experiences, a vibrant culture, an abundance of opportunities to grow, exciting adventures and real connections, then volunteering in Tanzania is for you.

Current IVHQ Volunteer Programs in Tanzania:

  • Teaching
  • Childcare
  • HIV/AIDS Support
  • Medical
  • Animal Welfare
Highlights
  • IVHQ’s Tanzania program is available year-round, starting on the 1st and 15th of each month.
  • Highly affordable fees from $270 for 1 week - including airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support.
  • You’ll be joining between 30 and 60 other IVHQ volunteers who start in Tanzania each month.
  • Our outstanding safety systems and track record set us apart - we are the world’s safest organization and you’ll have 24/7 in-country support.
  • Your volunteer efforts in Tanzania will have a positive impact because our programs are community-driven with a focus on supporting long-term local needs, while your weekends are free to explore Tanzania with fellow volunteers.

Questions & Answers

Unfortunately according to their website, you cannot volunteer if you are under 18. The only exception is if you go volunteer with a guardian. Here's the link for more questions: https://www.volunteerhq.org/faq#114

Reviews

97%
based on 41 reviews
  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.4
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Emma
10/10

Christmas day

Never will I ever forget the Christmas I spent in Tanzania, it was nothing like the snowy holiday I was used too. It was amazing in a way I never expected my first Xmas away to be like. We got to placement early that morning to get all the kids ready and loaded up into a bus. To take them to lake Duluti for the day they were so crazy excited, dancing and running around. We even cooked them a special Christmas lunch which was delicious. After lunch they all went and jumped into the lake and splashed around for over an hour. And then we played pass the parcel so that they all could get a little present. Which then turned into a great dance party with more treats and toys. Once the kids were dropped off back at the school. All the volunteers headed to Twigga house to help make Christmas dinner. Then we all sat down together to eat, I think we even got those Christmas crackers. It was just so surreal being surrounded by people from all over the world and sharing a holiday together.

I cant say one bad thing about my entire trip everyday was amazing.
Thank you

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Emma, Thanks for sharing. What an incredible and special Christmas to share with the children at your placement, and other volunteers from all around the world! We are so stoked to hear everyday in Tanzania was amazing. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
Will – IVHQ Tanzania Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
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Alex
10/10

Tanzania IVHQ

Traveling all alone to a completely foreign country you've never visited before is intimidating. It's so intimidating that I almost didn't go. I have dreamt about exploring Africa for years now, but I always made excuses about why I couldn't go. It's too much money, or there's not enough time, or I don't want to go alone. If this sounds like you then I want to encourage you to GO! Step outside of your comfort zone and I promise you won't regret it. IVHQ made this trip so easy for me. I was still nervous of course, but all my nerves left me as soon as I met Elizabeth and Johanna at the airport. They made me feel so comfortable and welcome! The other volunteers and staff make the house feel like home. The staff helped us every step of the way! They arranged our placement, brushed us up on our Swahili, made sure we got to placement safely, cooked us breakfast, lunch and dinner (the food is so yummy!), and helped us arrange our weekend trips. Safari was the experience of a lifetime! You can't leave Tanzania without seeing the Serengeti or Ngorongoro crater. Zanzibar was completely unreal. It is hands down the most beautiful and unique island I've seen. And the Masai village is a must-see! Overall, I would give my experience in Tanzania a 10/10. The people you meet and memories you make will stay with you forever. I can't wait to go back one day!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Alex, Thanks for your excellent review! We are so happy that you pushed through your reservations and joined us on the IVHQ program in Kenya. It sounds like the program went smoothly and you were very well supported by our fantastic local team. Thanks for your recommendation and for being an awesome volunteer. We would love to have you join us again!
Will – IVHQ Kenya Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
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Briana
8/10

Positive Impacts

Hello fellow travelers and lovers of the world! If you're thinking about visiting Tanzania, stop thinking and go! Tanzania is a beautifully diverse and exciting country that offers something for everyone. There's hiking (including Africa's tallest mountain, Kilimanjaro, among others), outstanding safaris, exotic national parks, hidden oasis', eclectic shopping experiences, vibrant nightlife, and welcoming locals everywhere you go! While in Arusha, I volunteered doing HIV/AIDS Support at a small local non-profit called Positive Love for three months. This is an amazing organization that offers women who are affected by the virus to find their individuality and be proud of who they are and what they do, in addition to learning new skills and becoming financially stable. Positive Love is combatting the stigma against people affected by HIV in Tanzania and being a volunteer for them was a truly life-changing experience. I came to love the women of Positive Love. While there, my friend and I raised donations to complete building and furnishing a shop for the women to sell their goods in, we created a campaign to sell the products in our home country, and we helped to start a garden in which the women can grow and sell the vegetables. Positive Love is flourishing and I am so happy I could be a part of this non-profit as a volunteer. Thanks to IVHQ and Tanzania Volunteer Experience (TVE) I will never forget what a wonderful time I had volunteering for 12 weeks.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Briana, Thanks for sharing this awesome review! It is inspiring to hear of all the worthwhile initiatives you were involved in with Positive Love during your 12 weeks on the program. We couldn’t agree more that Tanzania has it all - Kilimanjaro, outstanding safaris, national parks, hidden oasis', vibrant nightlife, and welcoming locals. It has been great having you as a volunteer and we like your encouragement to “just go”!

Yes, I recommend
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Harriett
10/10

A truly, cultural sensory overload

The first time stepping foot into Africa, was the beautiful country of Tanzania. I have no idea why I chose Tanzania but I thank my lucky stars that I did. It is a country that offers so much, whether it is a safari, camping in the wilderness with lions and hyena's keeping you awake until the early hours of the morning, or the tallest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro that takes your fancy and let's not forget a quick flight to Zanzibar to experience some of best beaches in the world, where the ocean water is almost warmer than the pool. It truly is an incredible country. Yet what really holds a special place in my heart, is the people. Never will you find such generous, loving people than you will in Tanzania. I was volunteering just outside of Arusha, in a town called Usa River, where poverty is rife but the kindness and love is ever-present. Once I traveled approximately an hour and twenty minutes on the dala from Arusha, I would then walk about twenty minutes through this town, Usa River. I think the saying, 'the less you have, the happier you are,' holds to be very true particularly with my experience here in Usa River. This community has very little, living in huts that trap the heat, with dirt floors, never did I feel so much warmth, walking through the village to my school where I was greeted by all the locals passing by with "Mambo or Hapari", children I had never met before would run up and take my hand and walk with me through the streets, like I was their best friend.
The school I volunteered at had 56 children, ranging from three to seven year olds. Again, the love and gratitude they show to you is overwhelming, as soon as you walk into to school you are greeted with a huge bear hug from at least 7 different children. I must say personal space was not known here, but nor would I want it to be because these beautiful children have so much love to give.
You may be teaching and helping these children learn the basics of English, but without a doubt you will come away from this experience learning a lot more than what you've taught. Just the simplicity of immersing yourself into this lifestyle, you will observe and learn so much about this culture, it's pole pole lifestyle and generosity and tolerance it embodies.
Asante sane, Tanzania! I'm so very grateful for the time I have spent here.

How can this program be improved?
I truly think this program is great, I really think you get your moneys worth and straight away you are immersed into a true Tanzanian lifestyle, one that you will remember for your lifetime.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Harriett, Thanks for posting such a beautiful review! Tanzania is a place full of adventure and we are happy to hear that you were able to experience camping in the wilderness, Kilimanjaro and the beautiful Zanzibar beaches. The description of your volunteer placement is lovely and we are sure this reflects the care and warmth you would have provided. We can thank our lucky starts that you volunteered with IVHQ and we would love to have you join us again in the future!

Yes, I recommend
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Yuki
10/10

International Volunteer HQ Tanzania Childcare program

My time in Africa was unforgettable. Hands down, it was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. To the heart warming people, to the support and people I met; I truly believe that I came back a different person. I loved working with the children everyday, and seeing how such the 'little' things in life, make that much of a difference. Getting to know their names, personalities and stories made my whole trip worth while. I also had the gratifying opportunity to meet friendly locals and build long lasting relationships with my fellow volunteers in my home.

IVHQ was an amazing organization that made me feel at Ease, friendly and very professional. From the emails and updates on my trip prior to my departure, to when I touched down in Africa, I always felt safe and taken care of. My communal "Twiga" home away from home was always kept clean, had food and was completely safe! The Mommas at the homes were incredible, with endless stories to always keep you engaged.

I loved meeting new people, getting to know the culture in Tanzania and connecting with adults & kids. It truly was an inspiring visit, and I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a break from work or life or who wants to give back. It was quite the humbling adventure and I would go back in a heart beat! Thank you so much IVHQ for all that you did for me, I will be back next year! #hakunamatata #asante #naukependa #IVHQ

- Yuki

How can this program be improved?
The only thing that I would suggest about this program is, I wish I could have been at my placement for longer. The school I was at was only half day, which is most of the schools however I wish I could have volunteered longer with the kids!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Yuki, What an awesome review! We are stoked you found the service provided by IVHQ friendly and professional, and felt safe and well taken care of by our local team in Tanzania. It is inspiring to hear about your unforgettable experience getting to know the children at your placement, the Mommas, and the other volunteers. It has been a joy to have you volunteer with IVHQ and we can’t wait to have you back!
Will - IVHQ Tanzania Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
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Jasmine
10/10

You get more than you give

When I arrived in Tanzania I was unsure of what to expect. I was very nervous, as this was my first time overseas. When I arrived the local staff was incredibly helpful supportive and ready to help me feel comfortable and succeed in Tanzania. My first day at placement , I was again nervous, but the support of the fellow volunteers as well as the local staff eased my worries. My time in Tanzania was beyond words. When people ask me how was your trip I honestly am at a loss for words on how to respond. I know that I made a difference in the lives of the women who rely on IV HQ and TVE, however it's beyond true when they say you get more than you give. Tanzania showed me a side of people that I've never experienced before. The amount of kindness and love that I felt was overwhelming. I will forever be grateful for the lessons Tanzania taught me and for the beautiful people I met there. They will forever be a part of me and will definitely influence my life forever. Asante sana

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jasmine, What a beautiful review! We are thrilled to hear that you were well supported by the local team and other volunteers to overcome your nerves. It sounds like you had a really incredible time filled with beautiful people and kindness. We are so grateful to have had you join us in Tanzania. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend
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Rebecca
8/10

Street kids

Going to tanzania with IVHQ I had the chance to meet a bunch of amazing people, at my house, at my placement, doing activities, in the streets, everywhere. I met people that made the biggest impact in my life. Not only we would go at the orphanage during the day, but we had the chance to go hang out with street kids at night with the IVHQ staff connections. We learned about their everyday life, got to know them and helped them as simply as buying them and talking to them. Kelvin, one of these guys litteraly changed my life by my way to see things. They don't have an easy life and we already knew that. But seing it with your own eyes, realising that you could help him long term simply by doing one less thing back home. I had to. A friend and I brought him to the hospital after he got burned by oil sleeping in the street, and after seing him in his hospital bed there were no way he would go back sleeping in the streets.
I didn't meet Kelvin through the program, but the program helped me being comfortable enough in this country to want to help more, to make me see how much these people deserve it.

How can this program be improved?
I wish we could go in orphanages that needs more help than the one we actually went in. we needed to be in registered orphanages but these one had a better budget than other I had the ''chance'' to visit because of connections with 50 kids and 1 or 2 adults. Some places need the staff to help them, need the money even more.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Rebecca, We are so glad to hear that you met amazing people while on the program in Tanzania. Thanks for being an amazing volunteer and going above and beyond!

Yes, I recommend
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Jaiden
10/10

If you are thinking about it, pursue it

Tanzania will change you.
Tanzania will push your limits.
Tanzania will help you grow.
I have hundreds of stories but Im going to narrow it down to just a few moments that were worth the trip.
Day 1 I gave the teacher enough rice and beans for a month and she fed all her students and she found their starving parents from down the street. Back home I would of spent that money on one sit down dinner.

Day 8 One child had shoes 3 sizes to small I took 5 dollars and bought her her first new pair of shoes. She had the biggest smile Ive ever seen.

Day 15 Ususally only 3 of 28 kids have food to eat at lunch. We brought in chocolate. best day ever for those 6-8 year old beauties.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jaiden, Wow, these moments can really change your perspective. Thanks for providing insight from your time on the program in Tanzania. We hope to have you join IVHQ again in the future.

Yes, I recommend
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Nicholas
10/10

My Tanzanian Adventure 2015

Every beginning is tough. I headed for Tanzania with time on hand, an open mind, a craving for new experiences and a desire to contribute where I can.

I could tell you about my time as a volunteer teacher for a third grade class at an orphanage in Arusha, Tanzania; I could talk about my majestic journey on safari in the Serengeti; or I could tell the tale of how I struggled to haul my arse (excuse my french) up Mt Kilimanjaro for 6 days. But you would probably find similar stories from others. I'm going to talk about the unique experience I made being part of the volunteer house, Twiga house (Swahili for giraffe) in Arusha.

When I first got to the Twiga house, everyone was sick with food poisoning and a water-born parasite known as Amebas, lying spread across the living room watching 50 shades of grey. Yes, I know. It was a pretty picture. I was one of only 4 boys in the house and for me that was great, since there was about 13 girls there. Oh yeah.

After settling in to the house in the following days, everyone started to recover and gain some spirit. What I noticed straight away, was that this group was very much like a family and the dynamics were very open with individuals from all over the world. I started to bond with the group. A girl caught my eye and we hit it off from the start, despite her spending most of her days sick, crying on the toilet from sheer desperation and sickness. Oh yeah.

The next few weeks, as I fell in love with the country of Tanzania the individuals in the house and a young girl, I began to change my views on life and what matters most to me. The longer I removed myself from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life back home, the more I felt free from the shackles of western society. I began to believe in people making a difference. Seeing kids smile even though they have absolutely nothing to hold onto in their lives gave me a sense of hope. It not only changed my perspectives but opened me up to grow as an individual.

Having spent nine weeks in Tanzania, I left with no money in my pocket, my mind blown from the unique experience, a growing thirst for further travel and a one-way plane ticket to my new girlfriend in Canada, whom I met in Tanzania. Oh yeah, you guessed it. That sick girl who spent our first three days on the toilet. She's a keeper.

How can this program be improved?
The food. It became to repetitive after a while on a scheduled weekly cycle.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Nicholas, Wow, you had quite the volunteer experience! We are glad that your time in Tanzania was such a positive one. It's incredible where life can take you and we wish you and your girlfriend all the best in Canada. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend
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Gregorio
10/10

Learning & Living in Tanzania

While taking the Dala to my volunteer placement, The Charity School, I was looking out the window to see something that would summarize Tanzania in a nut-shell. I saw a man running to help a women and her young child carry their bags/groceries. Every one in Tanzania was happy, smiling, and would go out of their way to say hello. The atmosphere, the culture, is one that emphasizes togetherness, collective, and sharing.

How can this program be improved?
Transportation for the volunteers. There are drivers who work for IVHQ & TVE but we still had to pay for each ride. Although each ride was not expensive, the amount did add up to a lot; as we needed to utilize the drives 3-4 times a week.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Gregorio, It's nice to hear from you. Thanks for taking the time to share a little from your experience in Tanzania. Great photos! We hope to have you on another IVHQ program again in the future.

Yes, I recommend
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Breanne
10/10

Best decision I've ever made

I would head back right this moment if I could. While in Tanzania I met the most incredible people, every day was a new adventure. I think about the children and the other volunteers that I met almost everyday. One weekend we went to the hot springs, on our way our "tuk tuk" got stuck in the mud various times and popped a few tires (to say the least), so we had to stop off in a near by village for a while. During our stay we conversed with locals, played with the kids, and forgot about the fact that we were headed somewhere. The entire trip was so inspiring and enjoyable that it made me want to run on "Africa time" forever!

How can this program be improved?
- More variety with the food available
- Employee "Jimmy" as a TVE driver
- Ensure that placements are actually in need of volunteers (while I was in Tanzania I was placed at testimony school, there were days where the teachers did not need us, so we would travel to other placements)
Yes, I recommend
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Stephanie
10/10

Trip of a Lifetime

When I first decided to begin my travels abroad, I dove right in and chose to go to Tanzania, Africa. Thanks to the endless support from the staff (both local and international) this trip was easily the most memorable period in my life. My work in a rural preschool felt valued by the local teachers and the children were thrilled and eager to learn everyday. I also met some lifelong friends, which always makes travel and volunteering an even more exciting experience.

Anybody looking for a once in a lifetime trip, check out IVHQ!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Stephanie, It's great to hear from you! Thanks for sharing a little about your experience in Tanzania. We are so glad to hear that you felt well prepared and supported for this trip by IVHQ and our team in Tanzania. Great photos :) We hope to see you on another program again soon.

Yes, I recommend
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Rafal
10/10

Living my Tanzanian dream!

Tanzania - more than ten thousand miles from my home, more than 12 hours spent on the plane, more than 60 days of preparation. Having safely come back to Poland, it still overwhelms me that I had a chance to do exactly what I love to do in a country that turned out to be my second home. Winston Churchill once said that "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" and he was so right! Anachronistic as it may sound, his mantra has been resonating down the years and has been of such a special meaning for me that it enabled me to live my Tanzanian dream!

Ever since I launched my interest in travelling to Tanzania, I have been very impressed how well IVHQ's website works. Thanks to a very detailed description of available programmes I never had any doubts that taking part in AIDS/HIV programme was the best possible decision. A brief explanation of volunteer week, accommodation and meals gave me a general idea of what to expect upon coming to Tanzania. A thorough and elaborate explanation of what to take with me calmed my parents who were more than apprehensive when I made my way to Africa for the first time in my life! Had I not read it before my trip, I wouldn't have been aware of visa and work permit costs or general vaccination tips.

But the best part of living in Arusha was getting to know people from diverse backgrounds, different cultures and countless races and ethnicities. I felt best when exposed to the vibrancy and diversities of points of views and perspectives and it really gave me power to act. Every day I happily walked to work at my placement where I could see how much women suffering from HIV virus struggle in Tanzania. Even though they had nothing, they were still more than willing to do everything to spread love and make me - a 18-year-old Pole - feel like home.

On the way down the dirt road near my placement, a lot of kids were running out of their small huts yelling 'Teacher Rafal, Teacher Rafal' and went on to hold my hand and say how thankful they were for fixing them a simple cup of porridge earlier that morning. Everywhere I looked, I would hear local people asking 'Mambo rafiki?', which helped me to settle down in Tanzania in a matter of 3 days. I am more than convinced that all volunteers coming to this country should do a little research on Swahili and arrive with a massive smile on their faces as Tanzanian people are one of the most benevolent nations I have ever seen!

To prove my point, I still do not know how to express my sheer gratitude to Nelly and Angella (Tanzania Volunteering Experience directors) who helped me cancel my flight tickets to Zanzibar after political riots broke up there following presidential elections. Having found out about my upcoming trip to Zanzibar, Nelly called me directly to tell me I should avoid travelling and remain in Arusha. The following day Angella took me in her own car to Arusha Airport where I managed to persuade one of the Coastal Aviation agents to cancel my ticket and received 100% refund. Nelly and Angella did something I would have never expected them to do and that is why I am immensely grateful for their help. They became good friends and made me feel important and wanted as a volunteer.

Tanzania has helped to make me who I am now, opened my eyes to the world, given me extreme opportunity to explore the world, meet new people and involve in the community. I lived there for a strong purpose and that is why hard work was a necessity - a necessity that reinforced the belief that I should walk through my life with a smile on my face. Now I am more than ready to follow my plans to pursue a professional career at university. But then again, I want to come back next year to live my Tanzanian dream again!

Asante sana!

How can this program be improved?
I reckon that the new Communication Manager who recently took over should be more concerned about what is going at home stays. Throughout my 3-week stay she did not pay a single visit to Mama Lis, which, I think, should have been one of her responsibilities.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Rafal, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience volunteering in Tanzania. We are so glad you had such a meaningful and memorable experience which was made easier by the support of the local team. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we are looking forward to welcoming you back this year.

Yes, I recommend
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Shai
10/10

Amazing!!

I had the best time! I really changed and expirienced amazing things,met new friends and lerned so much! I came alone an 18 year old girl to Africa!
My father came visit me there and I took him to my rogram and my house and it was such an amazing exirience and bonding ;)

How can this program be improved?
I really had the erfect exirience! all the amazing staff and people I really only have good things to say
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi there Shai,
Thanks for your awesome review and photos, we are so glad that you had an amazing experience in Tanzania! We hope to see you on another IVHQ program soon!

Yes, I recommend
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Julia
10/10

IVHQ Tanzania - Teaching

For long time i have seen images of Africa on television and always asked myself if i would ever be able to go there one day and help their community somehow.
Through IVHQ i had the opportunity to live a real volunteer experience in Arusha, in Tanzania for 9 weeks this year.
I worked in an orphanage called Women's Christian where i had an unforgettable time teaching basic english to 20 lovely kids aged 2 to 14 years old. I was there every morning to teach them and I ended up learning from them as well. We had a lot of good and fun moments together, the only sad time was saying goodbye in my last day.
In these 9 weeks I stayed in one of the volunteers houses in Arusha which had nice and big rooms, good food, a helpful staff, and was perfect to make new friends. I culturally grew up a lot by living with people from all of the world during this time. It was nice to have met so many people and be involved in different projects with them.
I have no words to describe how much this program changed my life, my acts, and my thoughts. It is not always easy, each day was a new challenge and at the end of all i feel completely blessed for have lived all that.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hey Julia, It's great to hear from you! It sounds like you had a really incredible experience. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your photos. We hope to see you on another IVHQ program again soon.

Yes, I recommend

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