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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I have to confess it would be intimidating to volunteer abroad for the first time as a solo traveler, without the help and support from the program managers in IVHQ and the local coordinators.
For sure,Sri Lanka is the first foreign country I have ever been, the volunteering experience in this country was totally fantastic and memorable for me. I met bunches of volunteers from around the world who share the same passion for helping others and enjoying the foreign adventure. We tried our best to assist the locals to carry out the conservative projects and improve their quality of life.
If you ask me what did the volunteering experience bring to you, it would be not only the culture adventure and immersion, but the mental stretch and personal growth.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Sep 22, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

The organisation of the surveys were great – the staff all worked really hard to make sure the volunteers were prepared for their dives and that we conducted some worthwhile surveys. They also made sure we had fun whilst diving and made the surveys very enjoyable! My overall enjoyment of the project was very high! I loved living in the communal house, making shared meals and all chucking in to get things done. The group was fantastic and everyone had a great attitude to life in Beqa.

Program:
Location:
Posted: Sep 21, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Each of the staff were amazing, they were so welcoming and helpful. The bus to Navua and the boat to Beqa was great, very smooth and no delays. Jess helped me all the way. It was also nice that I was greeted by some of the volunteers from camp at the airport.

The science and all surveys were great, each member of the staff were so enthusiastic about everything which made it more fun. Although if the data that we collected was used within the mataqali to decide which areas were tamboo sites and there was an education scheme with the locals, surveying would be more worthwhile.

Camp was so much better than I was expecting, the life on camp was amazing and everyone was so friendly and approachable. The beds were comfy and a nice surprise compared to the pre-deployment information that I would be sleeping on the ground with a role mat. The food was great with lots of spices to make dishes more appealing. However, I would love if there was more fruit because there was little to none provided.

All the staff were amazing, they were so approachable and friendly yet professional. The diving was amazing, the training and the surveys were so fun and the general vibe on camp was amazing. The only problem I had was the kit list, it had stuff on there that I didn’t need and it didn’t include the essential things like a pillow and a solar panel charger, which wasted my money. The project also gave me such a great experience of Fiji and the culture including visits to the local village for food once a week and for expeditions/ sports.

Program:
Location: Fiji
Posted: Sep 21, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

The Orphanage for me was very rewarding I made a real connection with the kids and was really sad to leave. Hell-Ville is a lovely town and all the people are so welcoming I didn’t feel unsafe once throughout my whole time on project.

The entire project for me was an experience I will never forget I loved every minute of it. I couldn’t tell you the best aspect as it was all amazing.

Program:
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Sep 21, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Having to teach English to kids it's always hard if you don't have any language in common. They don't completely understand you, but when you finally think of a game with which they can both enjoy and learn English, you and the kids begin laughing and playing, as well as learning.
Honestly, I didn't had the opportunity to feel that because I'm very bad at teaching and talking, and for me it's very difficult to be funny and play with kids. But despite that, everytime I took the camera and the kids saw me, all of them went to surround me so I could take them (lovely) pictures. That feeling that you have when you see the kid smiling and laughing with his friends when you show him the picture you just took them in priceless. I don't think I will feel this anymore, unless I go back.
I want to share some of that pictures, including a special one: Our Local Coordinator's birthday celebration.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz5w-lCV582bWTVLSkxPXzlfNzQ

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Sep 21, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

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