International Volunteer HQ
International Volunteer HQ Programs
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the world's leading volunteer travel organization, providing affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs in over 30 different...
Volunteers are needed NOW through International Volunteer HQ's partner organization in Ghana! A wide range of volunteering placements are available in order for participants...
International Volunteer HQ has a wide range of volunteering opportunities available in working with children placements, sports programs, environmental placements, Carnaval...
Volunteers on the Marine Conservation project have the opportunity to join a variety of conservation efforts focused on the protection of the marine ecosystem in Madagascar...
International Volunteer HQ Reviews
Great Volunteering Experience Teaching English in China
Submitted by Kinnar Patel - University of Cambridge | September 20, 2017
I spent 4 weeks teaching English in China, 2 weeks in a village and 2 weeks in Xi'an. It was a fantastic experience working with the children (who were always enthusiastic and lively) and meeting other volunteers. With IVHQ you really get to experience the country at a closer level than just travelling as you are working alongside locals everyday and live in areas that are not "touristy". In fact, during my two weeks in the village I did not meet a single person who could speak English. This gives a more authentic experience, and lets you know that what you are doing is truly worthwhile. On the weekends you get plenty of free time to explore the local area and even head further afield to see some of the main attractions in China. The accommodation in Xi'an is really homely as David (the man running the China project) often visits and his parents live there, providing hospitality and company to the volunteers. Overall it was a great experience and one that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in China or teaching or just wanting to travel.
Volunteering in Ghana 2016
Submitted by Chaylynn Amash - Michigan | September 19, 2017
I volunteered in Ghana, Africa for 2 months in 2016. When I first arrived in Ghana, I was taken to the first volunteer house where I met Benedict Adeli who went over all the important info I needed my program. After all the volunteers had arrived a few days later we were all taken to our program placements. I was placed in the Pink program where I got the most amazing opportunity to volunteer in Potters village with the most amazing kids I have ever met. During my time there I got the chance to learn the Ghanaian culture, I got to learn the language, and make such strong connections with the kids that I can be forever grateful for. Over the course of my volunteer time in Ghana, Benedict Adeli consistently checked up on me and the other volunteers doing in home visits, and messages through text always making sure the volunteers were safe, and comfortable and doing good. Benedict, and other IVHQ members always made sure that volunteers were doing okay and it was very reassuring to know that IVHQ takes such good care of their volunteers! If you have the chance to volunteer abroad I recommend you choose Ghana as your location and the Pink program as your placement!
Program: Volunteer in Childcare in Ghana
Live in Paradise!
Submitted by Laura | September 19, 2017
The Nakavango Conservation Programme in Zimbabwe is a beautiful piece of paradise. And there's not better way to experience it than to live and work on site for a few weeks! Where else would you find yourself camping under the stars surrounded by Africa's Big 5?!
This programme is for you if:
1) You want to experience the African wilderness
You'll get to take game drives through the reserve (almost) every day, and are sure to see to a variety of African wildlife such as buffalo, elephants, giraffe, black rhino, and kudu (and *maybe* a lion or leopard if you're lucky). You'll also get to spend one night a week camping on the reserve, and nothing says 'wilderness' like cooking over a fire and sleeping under the stars (or peeing in the bush!)
Notice, I said *wildlife*! Nakavango is not a zoo. You are never guaranteed to see an animal, and you will not pet them. This is an authentic wilderness experience.
2) You enjoy a work/life balance
You can expect to put in some sweat equity wielding a shovel or hoe (duties include clearing roads, removing alien vegetation, working in the garden, and watering trees in the orchard), but that will take up just a few hours a day. The rest of your week days will be spent getting to know the other volunteers while you eat, relax, play games, and enjoy the pool. On the weekends you will have more free time to go into town and enjoy Victoria Falls, including local restaurants (I recommend the Three Monkeys), souvenir shopping, and all the adrenalin tourism you could ask for (white water rafting and the gorge swing are a must)!
3) You want to make friends
The volunteers at Nakavango include individuals of all ages and nationalities. Have an open mind and invest in developing relationships in order to make the most of your time at Nakavango. Remember, you'll be eating, working, driving, talking, and exploring with these people!
The Best Month of my Life
Submitted by Guilia Piscitelli - University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) | September 19, 2017
I spent one month in Costa Rica doing the sea turtle conservation project and childcare project. Both were incredible experiences that opened my eyes and allowed me to gain a better understanding of what I want to do with my future. In addition to volunteering, I met some of the most incredible people who I got to live and travel with. Weekends were free, so I was able to explore all of Costa Rica. I cannot recommend this program enough. No matter what project you do, come prepared to work hard. You will get so much out of this program if you do so.
IVHQ in Hawaii
Submitted by Regan - university of hertfordshire | September 18, 2017
I chose to partake in a one-week volunteer program through IVHQ in Hawaii and the only bad thing was that I did not do the two-week option. The application was easy and simple with step-by-step instructions helping you along the way.
I had the most amazing week spent volunteering in Hawaii with the working days not being too long, thus allowing plenty of time to explore the island of Oahu and do more holiday type activities like surfing in Waikiki and kayaking etc.
The people I met whilst volunteering were all so nice and friendly making the experience even more enjoyable and will be people I stay in with for a long time. The staff (Katie) made the experience feel less like working and educated us as well as allowing us to enjoy ourselves too- helping us out whenever was necessary.
The accommodation was ideal for volunteers as it was very spacious and in a great location with unbelievable views of the mountains.
Overall, i would recommend this IVHQ programme to anybody that asks me it as it will be the best week or two weeks of your life and all at a very god price!