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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...
International Volunteer HQ Reviews
Well Worth Doing
Submitted by Richard - MMU | November 23, 2017
I volunteered for two weeks on the slum teaching program in Delhi.
The organisation on IVHQ side was fantastic, the people I met were brilliant, the host families were so welcoming.
I would go through IVHQ again as its a great way to travel and meet new people.
Above and Beyond
Submitted by Michelle Wilson - Spring, Texas | November 22, 2017
My experience with IVHQ destination in Ghana on the medical mission was awesome! From engaging with community outreach programs, like testing for Malaria, and community health, like treating wounds, to educational trips like Cape Coast Castle, and then adventurous fun, like the Canopy walk, made for an enjoyable, memorable experience. This experience went above and beyond my expectations and I grateful to have been a part of this journey.
Program: Volunteer in Medicine in Ghana
Enriching experience in a magical country
Submitted by Rodrigo Engell - UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA | November 18, 2017
Olá! Portugal, Portugal, Portugal! No words for this magical country...
One of the most beautiful countries in the world, especially it's vivid capital Lisbon. A small corner full of vibrant colors, energy and life that will make you want to stay there forever! (no joke) My experience with IVHQ was really enriching, not only the place was to dream for, but the people I met every step of the way! From the volunteers to the kids, to the lovely cook (Inés), from every Portuguese making me feel like I was one of them. I believe it has been one of the greatest experiences I have ever been a part of in my life. After traveling to 15 countries, Lisbon was my last destination and definitely my absolute favorite. I felt like at home somehow, from walking down to Praça do Comercio to visiting the mesmerizing roads of Sintra, eating pasteis de nata and speaking the beautiful language. I think I left a part of me there and for sure I will go back to retake that glimpse of fulfillment and happiness that Portugal treasured in my heart. My advice is to do it, don't hesitate or even think it, IVHQ is a great company that will guide you along the way, introducing you to an experience that might guide your heart and inspire your soul to do more for others out there. Become Portuguese for 2,3,4 weeks, whatever is needed, you will be surprised at who you become once you get back home! I will forever be grateful for my time in Portugal, I have memories of pure pure joy! Quantas saudades de ti Lisboa, muito obrigado!
Great experience in Costa Rica
Submitted by Yiran - Pepperdine University | November 15, 2017
My volunteer experience in Costa Rica was amazing.IVHQ provide great service as they displayed on the website.My flight was 3 hours late, but the local pick up driver was still there waiting for me!The homestay mom is super nice and friendly, the food is good and healthy ,the family members of the homestay are nice and polite.I had great time with them.
International Volunteer HQ responded to this review November 23, 2017 at 2:39 PM
Hi Yiran, Thanks for sharing! We are stoked to hear that you had a unique, eye-opening and enjoyable experience in Costa Rica. We have loved having you volunteer with us and we would happily welcome you again in the future!
Lachlan - IVHQ Costa Rica Program Manager
Submitted by Rita Frenzel - Los Angeles United States | November 15, 2017
This program is a great way to get involved with helping the Balinese community along with exploring the beautiful island of Bali. I loved our orientation week at the beginning because we got to do many activities that allowed us to learn Balinese culture. We explored the village, saw a Balinese dance show, participated in a Balinese cooking class, etc. The orientation was especially helpful because it allowed us to also learn the dos and don’ts in Bali and how to stay safe.
I first started out doing the turtle conservation program on Nusa Penida. That was absolutely incredible; we got to do a lot of hands-on work with the turtles such as feeding and cleaning them. We also participated in other activities such as beach clean ups. Being on the island was so chill and relaxing.
This program is also very flexible. Many volunteers who wish to change their placement can do so easily. I wanted to experience a variety of projects, so I did construction and renovation for my third week and kindergarten for my fourth. Participating in many of the projects was such a rewarding experience for me. There is a lot of free time to do things during the day in Ubud. The city is filled with fun things to do. The weekends are free as well, which gives us time to go on little trips and explore other cities with each other.
The coordinators for this program were amazing. They went out of their way to make sure we were safe and having a good time. They gave us good tips on fun things to do in Bali and also how to stay safe. When volunteers were sick, they were extremely caring and made them feel at home. I never once felt uncomfortable or unsafe during this entire trip. Overall, this experience was amazing and I strongly recommend it.
International Volunteer HQ responded to this review November 23, 2017 at 3:28 PM
Hi Rita, thank you for your amazing review! We are so pleased that you found the experience rewarding. It's great to hear that you found the orientation really useful and our local team made you feel at home. Thank you for your time and being a great volunteer!
Brigitte - IVHQ Bali Program Manager