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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I truly enjoyed my experience in India volunteering for IVHQ.

The Orientation week was a great way to help me to settle gently into Indian life, with language lessons and tours in a group of wonderful people.

The Volunteer Coordinators were extremely helpful and always available to offer support, answer questions or book taxis for us. They visited the projects often to ensure everything was going smoothly and that there were no problems.

The family I stayed with during my homestay were very welcoming and made me feel comfortable and at home. When I became unwell, my "mum" was the one who took me to the hospital and helped me speak to the doctor. Her cooking was amazing as well :)

I made such amazing friends both on the orientation week and during my volunteering stint, whom I am still in contact with today and will be for a long time to come. It was a truly life-changing experience, and I would do it again in an instant.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Oct 30, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

IVHQ India is a fantastic program, I would recommend it to everyone. I have just completed my first week of slum teaching and am already starting to plan another volunteer trip with IVHQ! From the drivers, to the coordinators, to my host family, to the placement staff, everyone had been unbelievably welcoming and supportive
I am by no means an experienced traveller, so going to a 3rd world country by myself for 8 weeks was pretty daunting. However, from the time I arrived at the airport I have receive 24/7 support and have alway been kept very comfortable. I opted for the additional orientation week and the coordinators and local staff went above and beyond to help me adjust to any culture shock I was experiencing, as well as make sure I was having a great time. Once at my placement they have continued to make sure I remained just as happy comfortable, and safe.
Overall I have been having an amazing experience with IVHQ, I couldn't be happier! They provide a safe and comfortable way in which you can really make a difference in less fortunate people's lives. It is also the most affordable volunteer organization I've found, with the coordinators insisting on making sure I knew where my money was going. It's a very legitimate organization, free from any kind of exploitation.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Oct 30, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I highly recommend IVHQ India. I have opted for four weeks of volunteering in Delhi, with an extra week at the beginning for induction.

The induction week is a great way to get introduced to India before the challanges of volunteering, and the local staff make it very clear that they are here to help and support us 24/7. Airport pickup is very convenient and stress free. Combined with extensive pre-departure information, we have been well prepared for our experience in India.

Having completed my first week of volunteer teaching in the slums, I am very pleased with my experience. It really feels like we are doing worthwhile work, and my host family makes me feel very well cared for. Combined with frequent visits from IVHQ staff, I feel supported while also making a difference.

Overall, the experience is a very safe way to come and make a difference for people who live hard lives. The programe is both affordable and legitimate. It can be daunting to travel around the world to a new country and volunteer in tough areas, and it's hard to know which companies you can trust, but IVHQ make it accessable and enjoyable without exploiting anyone.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Oct 30, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Before arriving at the Frontier Tanzania camp on Mafia island i had never spent much time in a developing country, let alone volunteering in one. Needless to say i was a bit apprehensive however after arriving on camp with a bunch of fellow volunteers these apprehensions quickly disappeared. I have now spent three months working at this site, and i still love every single day of it. When my two months as a volunteer was nearing an end i didn't want to leave, so i was given the opportunity to apply for the conservation apprentice role and stay as a full member of staff, i eagerly took this chance and haven't looked back since.

What can i say about the camp, the facilities are basic but this is more than made up for by the atmosphere, camp mates are always a good laugh and everyone in my time here have always got on great. If camp life does get too much then their is always the local village and beach lodges to entertain you, many a night has been spent in the local bar, or down by the beach, relaxing under the stars or with a cold locally brewed beer in hand.

Then comes the project work itself, i was lucky enough to have applied for the marine project, i came out a lowly open water diver but during my stay i have progressed all the way up the ladder to become a fully qualified Dive master, all thanks to Frontiers, amazing dive instructors. Most days are spent on the boat, or under the water, conducting Baseline surveys of the marine life found within the Mafia island Marine park, the data collected is analyzed by us then used by the Marine park office to maintain the marine park. It makes it feel all worth while knowing the data you collect is used to save some amazing animals that would otherwise be at the mercy of the modern world.

The work experience has been fantastic and for the first time in my life i can honestly say what i want to do in the future, which for me has been by far the best thing to come out of a trip that has been full of great memories and new friends.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 29, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Comments

Thanks for your review, Jamie!

Frontier

I have spend 4 weeks on a Sport Coaching program in Madagascar. From the beginning to the end, I'm not regretting anything. I was doing a volunteering program in Tanzania before to get to madagascar. I was quite sad to leave Tanzania because I met so many good people and I had so many amazing moments.

Now, after my experience in Madagascar, I feel the same. I spend 4 weeks with amazing people. The malagasi and of course the others volunteers. The staff is very professional and very friendly. They all want you to feel very confortable in Madagascar and they all want to get the best from your experience.

The teaching program was also a pure success. The teachers, all of the people in the school are very warmful and they all help you in your courses. It could be impressive when you face hundred kids for the first time, but just to take that to serious and just enjoy the moment. The best way.

I don't have any moment in particular that i've like the most. There is just an accumulation of moment which make this experience unbeliveable. If you want to do it and you are reading these lines, I've got an advise for you: Do it, It worth.

To finish I wanted to thanks a last time the Frontiers staff.

Thank you for everything.

Program:
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Oct 26, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Many thanks for your review!

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