• United States of America
1 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Apartment Hostel
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
IVHQ's program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, some meals and 24/7 in-country support.
What's Included
Accommodation Airport Transfers Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Aug 02, 2022
May 31, 2022
63 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Trusted by 120,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer programs in the USA and 50+ other destinations around the world. You can choose to volunteer in San Diego or New Orleans for periods ranging from 1 - 12 weeks on the following projects:

- Environmental Sustainability
- Youth Support
- Community Development
- Construction and Renovation

Your program fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, some meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in a dormitory-style volunteer house 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 you're guaranteed to receive outstanding personalized service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager and exclusive access to superior pre-departure volunteer training.

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Program Highlights

  • IVHQ’s USA programs are available year-round, starting every Monday
  • Fully-hosted volunteer experience from only $601 for 1 week - IVHQ provides the most affordable and top-rated programs
  • You’ll be joining a global network of 120,000+ volunteers backed by the world’s leading team of volunteer travel experts with an outstanding safety system and track record
  • Support impact-driven volunteer projects run by locals within your host community
  • Flexible booking and free changes so you can register with confidence

Program Reviews

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  • Impact 4.8
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Safety 4.8
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Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ volunteer in New Orleans

I volunteered in New Orleans through IVHQ for Recirculating farms (Environmental sustainability program).
This was truly an amazing and eye-opening experience for me, traveling abroad, alone, meeting new people, and feeling like making even a slight difference.
I worked daily at an urban farm, seeding, weeding, harvesting... The volunteers were all very welcoming and I learned a lot from this experience and all the people that I met with different backgrounds.
I highly recommend people apply.
The location and accommodation were also topnotch!
Thank you again to IVHQ for this amazing and inspiring opportunity.

  • Stay in the city of New Orleans
  • Great accomodation
  • Great hosts
18 people found this review helpful.
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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.
26 people found this review helpful.
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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.

27 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

New Orleans Volunteering IVHQ

Despite the heat, I had an amazing time volunteering in New Orleans. My accommodation was great, my schedule was perfect, and I felt very supported throughout my trip. The work was very gratifying and it felt great to give back to the community. Everyone I worked with was super super kind and gracious, and I really enjoyed getting to know all the other volunteers at my work site. The food is INCREDIBLE, so that was definitely a huge plus. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a meaningful and fun volunteering experience!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I picked a fig from a tree and ate it right there!
30 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Thank you IVHQ

IVHQ has opened me to many experiences I never thought I would get the chance to experience. When I planned my first trip to Africa, I was terrified, as I have never left my home country before. IVHQ helped me prepare and made me feel safe the entire time. Shortly after, I traveled to New Orleans with IVHQ. Of course, I plan on doing many more trips with IVHQ in the future. I am incredibly grateful for the chance to travel and help others through the IVHQ program. IVHQ is the most trusting and affordable way to travel. I plan to work, and travel with them for a very long time. Not only does IVHQ help you prepare as well as feel safe, they also supply you with everything you need on your trip. Food, housing, it’s all there. I am always happy with my accommodation and extremely excited to try the food provided in the IVHQ program. I would recommend IVHQ to anyone looking to volunteer, travel and simply experience life. I can’t wait to plan more IVHQ trips in the future and can’t thank IVHQ enough.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would recommend to all travelers who travel with IVHQ, to bring a journal. The amazing moments I got to experience with IVHQ gave me so much hope and excitement. I wanted to write those moments down to capture each bit of the experience.
37 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Hannah! Thanks so much for your review! I'm so glad to see the experiences that IVHQ has opened for you and how much you have enjoyed your time on our programs. We really value the contribution you've made to date and the impact you'll continue to have on any future programs you choose. Thanks for being such a great volunteer! Jamie - IVHQ Program Manager.

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