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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

TRULY AMAZING!!! I went out to Ghana in April 2014 after having this trip planned for around 8 months i could not wait to begin my dream i had imagined since a young age. At first i thought i could never plan and follow through with a trip like this all by myself but right from the start the coordinators and staff at IVHQ were always on hand to assist with any issues or questions and up to the date i flew they made me feel at ease, even though they had many other volunteers to help, i still felt valued and that they really wanted to make sure my trip went smoothly. So my nerves were calmed and excitement was taking over! Which was good!
As soon as i arrived at the airport in Ghana i was overwhelmed a little, but as soon as i saw the IVHQ staff member Gideon waiting for me i was instantly at ease. His warm friendly calming manor, whilst making sure i was okay as i looked like a lost puppy, really helped. I could tell instantly i was in safe hands.
When we got back to the volunteer house we were well looked after with water, shown around the house, introduced to the other staff and then we had our dinner cooked, followed by breakfast and a welcome meeting the next day. I strangely have never been made to feel more at home and welcomed in a place so far from home. This really helps when on a trip in an unfamiliar country. I already knew i had a safe place to rely on with people on hand that really cared about your safety if i needed it. It meant i could relax and truly enjoy my experience from the get go.

On route to our placements Gideon and Evans made sure we had everything we needed, like money etc, and told us all we needed to know, the rest was for us to experience :) They reassured us if we needed anything that they are only a phone call away, they checked in on us and we were never ever made to feel like we were a hassle, they were always so happy to help. This really made you feel supported and not alone in what you were doing. They gave you your independence which is important as this is a personal trip but it was amazing to know support was there. I personally appreciated this as i am still only young. I never had any issues whilst away in terms of safety, food etc. I was always well looked after and obviously had me own common sense to prevent any issues from rising.

I did get a little sick, which is extremely common due to change in diet, water, weather etc, but it was nothing extreme. I told one of the staff members Evans and he made sure i got back to the volunteer house so i could be looked after there. He did everything he could to make sure i was okay and getting back to health again, there was nothing he wouldn't do to make sure i was feeling as best i could. He then took me back to my placement once i was well enough and checked up on me for the next few days. This made me feel at ease as being sick in a country where you know nothing can be quite scary. But i felt no fear as i knew i was being looked after. A big thank you for that. You could tell he really was concerned for my health and genuinely wanted to make sure i was well as soon as possible so i could get back to being with the kids as he could also see the passion i felt for them. The staff there really would do anything for you. YOUR ALL AMAZING :)

The programmes available at IVHQ are simply life changing, not only for you but for the people you work with. In my personal opinion there is no better feeling you can get from doing this. You get a real sense of pride and passion from all involved at IVHQ, it is very family orientated and that is exactly what i was hoping to find in this organisation. I was not disappointed, i came away not only changing my own life, the life of the kids i so openly bonded with, but also a part of IVHQ and Ghana itself. It will always be a big part of my life and i have IVHQ to thank for that.

I will most definitely be back... i need to come and find my heart again, it's in safe hands in Ghana though!
If anyone has any doubts.... quite simply, don't!
It is amazing and life changing, the staff there will not let you feel anything but calmed, loved and valued as you start your amazing journey with their programmes available. The kids out their will take your heart. I miss it every single day.

You all deserve so much, you changed my life. Your positive attitude, pride, passion and love has all made its way into my heart!
See you soon Ghana! :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Jul 30, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

TRULY AMAZING!!! I went out to Ghana in April 2014 after having this trip planned for around 8 months i could not wait to begin my dream i had imagined since a young age. At first i thought i could never plan and follow through with a trip like this all by myself but right from the start the coordinators and staff at IVHQ were always on hand to assist with any issues or questions and up to the date i flew they made me feel at ease, even though they had many other volunteers to help, i still felt valued and that they really wanted to make sure my trip went smoothly. So my nerves were calmed and excitement was taking over! Which was good!
As soon as i arrived at the airport in Ghana i was overwhelmed a little, but as soon as i saw the IVHQ staff member Gideon waiting for me i was instantly at ease. His warm friendly calming manor, whilst making sure i was okay as i looked like a lost puppy, really helped. I could tell instantly i was in safe hands.
When we got back to the volunteer house we were well looked after with water, shown around the house, introduced to the other staff and then we had our dinner cooked, followed by breakfast and a welcome meeting the next day. I strangely have never been made to feel more at home and welcomed in a place so far from home. This really helps when on a trip in an unfamiliar country. I already knew i had a safe place to rely on with people on hand that really cared about your safety if i needed it. It meant i could relax and truly enjoy my experience from the get go.

On route to our placements Gideon and Evans made sure we had everything we needed, like money etc, and told us all we needed to know, the rest was for us to experience :) They reassured us if we needed anything that they are only a phone call away, they checked in on us and we were never ever made to feel like we were a hassle, they were always so happy to help. This really made you feel supported and not alone in what you were doing. They gave you your independence which is important as this is a personal trip but it was amazing to know support was there. I personally appreciated this as i am still only young. I never had any issues whilst away in terms of safety, food etc. I was always well looked after and obviously had me own common sense to prevent any issues from rising.

I did get a little sick, which is extremely common due to change in diet, water, weather etc, but it was nothing extreme. I told one of the staff members Evans and he made sure i got back to the volunteer house so i could be looked after there. He did everything he could to make sure i was okay and getting back to health again, there was nothing he wouldn't do to make sure i was feeling as best i could. He then took me back to my placement once i was well enough and checked up on me for the next few days. This made me feel at ease as being sick in a country where you know nothing can be quite scary. But i felt no fear as i knew i was being looked after. A big thank you for that. You could tell he really was concerned for my health and genuinely wanted to make sure i was well as soon as possible so i could get back to being with the kids as he could also see the passion i felt for them. The staff there really would do anything for you. YOUR ALL AMAZING :)

The programmes available at IVHQ are simply life changing, not only for you but for the people you work with. In my personal opinion there is no better feeling you can get from doing this. You get a real sense of pride and passion from all involved at IVHQ, it is very family orientated and that is exactly what i was hoping to find in this organisation. I was not disappointed, i came away not only changing my own life, the life of the kids i so openly bonded with, but also a part of IVHQ and Ghana itself. It will always be a big part of my life and i have IVHQ to thank for that.

I will most definitely be back... i need to come and find my heart again, it's in safe hands in Ghana though!
If anyone has any doubts.... quite simply, don't!
It is amazing and life changing, the staff there will not let you feel anything but calmed, loved and valued as you start your amazing journey with their programmes available. The kids out their will take your heart. I miss it every single day.

You all deserve so much, you changed my life. Your positive attitude, pride, passion and love has all made its way into my heart!
See you soon Ghana! :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Jul 30, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

All the people with whom I have directly worked with, including hostfamily and the teachers, were absolutely caring and kind. I felt free to ask for everything. Also when I was sick I felt like I was looked after, I appreciated it a lot.
As we were many volunteers in the house, there was always something going on, so I saw a lot of Sri Lanka already during the working period.
I was given sightseeing proposals and local prices were told as well. Since everyone is trying to make profit out of tourists I was happy about this fact.
The work in the school was often not so much work but just a cultural experience. The more volunteers there, the more difficult it is to get a structure and make good use of the well meant help from abroad. Since the teachers have to go through with their program, which is of course not only english, many people can be too much. So often we were with the children only for a few minutes per day, which might not be what you imagine as a volunteer. For me this was not negative for one second, as I really enjoyed the time with the teachers, I asked them a lot about their lives as Sri Lankan woman and therefore learned a lot. Also I liked to observe them during their lessons, even if I did not understand a word. When I was alone with them, I was suddenly able to work from the beginning to the end, so this was a nice change, now I have had both sides. I would defenitly not recommend more than four volunteers for this program, also also I think it is important to stay at least two weeks (which everyone did). I felt great appreciation from the two teachers I was with. Towards the end of my stay I also felt other teachers opening up and asking questions, as well as telling stories. The only person I did not feel appreciated by was the principal. I was not sad about this for one second, because you need to see the good things and not the bad, especially around all those warm hearted people I met. This project has been a wonderful experience for me, I learned real sharing, honest love and kindness.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Jul 30, 2014
Overall:
7
Support:
10
Value:
8

Frontier

Frontiers wildlife program is a great way to really live simply and dive into field research. The conservation program is extremely legitimate and you can tell that a lot of work goes into it. Everything is detailed and thorough so you know that the data your collecting will be put to good use and is accurate. This is a great experience for those interested in becoming wildlife biologists however I would suggest committing 5 weeks or more to really make a difference. With good reason, you need to know you species before you go out and do active surveys. Frontier also involves the community heavily and is focused on respect and learning for both the community and the volunteers. Because of this community involvement, you can feel like you are making a difference from day to day. The camp is definitely simplistic so be prepared if that is something your not used to. Pack less and bring more money. I would recommend frontier. Try an internship to avoid price.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Jul 30, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
3

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

The trip to Quito and volunteering at the clinic was eye opening. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to visit a different culture and meet new people. The clinic and the children touched my heart. Seeing the everyday struggles that the special needs children face allows for true appreciation for life. The children were beautiful and lively. My host family treated me as one and I became good friends with the fellow volunteers. I travelled Ecuador and saw many beautiful sites such as the equator and the Amazon. It was a beautiful experience.
The most difficult was seeing and working with the special needs children. It is difficult to watch the struggle that they face in doing simple tasks. It really set me back and made me appreciate being able to help. The children were beautiful and fun to be around. They need much more help and guidance than other children.


Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Jul 30, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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