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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the trusted volunteer organization, providing safe, quality and extremely affordable volunteering placements in countries all over the world. Each year they place over 5000 volunteers abroad and have a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Argentina, Bali, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia - Bogota and Cartagena, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, India - Delhi & Dharamsala, Italy, Portugal, Spain, New Zealand, Kenya , Laos, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Peru - Cusco & Lima, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Romania, Uganda, Victoria Falls, Vietnam - Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City and Zambia.
There's so much to say about this program. First of all: I highly recommend it to first time travelers. If you're young, want to meet people, live with an awesome homestay family, and do some volunteer work at the same time- then IVHQ is for you.
I was lucky enough to spend six months in India working in one of the slum schools of Faridabad. It was a wild and magical experience. The school itself is disorganized, loud, and overwhelming at times. But, that's what makes it volunteer work a memory to last forever. These kids need you more than a highly functioning, well funded school. Here, you really get to know the children individually. Through laughter, the best Hindi you can muster, art, and cultural exchange you see the children for the beautiful beings they are. What I highly recommend to other volunteers is to do some basic research on teaching if you've had no prior experience. That made a difference for me when I started my first week of teaching. I did a lot of projects ranging from science, to math, to writing poetry. The thing with all of those topics is that it's still teaching English- even just talking to them is teaching them something.
As for my homestay family... well, that was the best part of the program. I really lucked out with the house I was placed in, and at the end of my six months I considered them to be my family. They took such good care of me. Always seeing to my needs and cooking me delicious food. The hardest part about leaving was saying goodbye to them.
India is forever part of my heart now and I already can't wait to go back.
I volunteered with IVHQ in May of 2016 in Cusco, Peru for 2 weeks. I volunteered caring for homeless dogs. Overall the experience was a good one and I am very glad I went. However, I am 53 years old and their website and communications made it sound like there would be volunteers of all ages. There were not. Everyone was college age except for me. I also thought I would be staying in a place with a group of other volunteers and getting to know the host family. Even though the house was huge there were only 2 other volunteers and their schedules were very different from mine. The mother/wife and 2 children were never home, it was always only the father. He was very nice and helpful but not the experience I was expecting. I also thought I would be volunteering with a group at the rescue shelter. I was the only volunteer. Again the 2 people than ran the shelter were very nice but it was not the experience I was expecting. I was alone most of the time.
I volunteered with IVHQ for 2 weeks in Ubud, Bali. The support from IVHQ is great, they check in to see how you're doing and are happy to help with any changes or info needed. The accomodation was amazing! I stayed in Moming house and quickly learnt it had the best community feel to it. We played cards every night together and became great friends. There was room for 18 people but there was usually less than 10 people there. The house was located at the back of a family's compound, so we got to know the family as well (who were so lovely).
The first week was orientation, which enabled us to get a grip on the culture, the surrounding area, the food, and also to get to know the volunteers also starting that week.
My second week was spent doing construction and renovation. We reconstructed a wall at a nearby school. We spent about 4 hours each day on our projects.
The food was great and served at a canteen not far from our accomodation. The canteen was a great place to see and meet other volunteers.
All in all, the experience was one of the most enjoyable things I've done in my life and I'd endlessly recommend it to anyone. I can't wait to go back!
My experience with IVHQ New Delhi, India has been a very memorable and incredible experience thanks to the hospitality of my host family Mohit and Chandni who provide a very clean, comfortable and welcoming home. I stayed with them for 3 weeks out of my 4 weeks in India. They are helpful with anything from weekend travel tips to where to do some shopping locally or in other cities,etc. I felt very at home and I am so grateful that i was placed in the best house in IVHQ India! They were there for me 24/7 with support and they interact with all the volunteers who come through the house.
My experience at the projects was very interesting everyday. We planned lessons to teach the children and we got the freedom of creativity to teach them different insightful lessons. I am so happy I had chosen the Slum Teaching program. It has been such a fun and rewarding last 3 weeks. I felt very comfortable with the children and the staff at school. It was within walking distance from my homestay and I loved being able to walk there and be able to walk the streets which are safe.
I came across many IVHQ staff members during my month here. They all were friendly and hospitable. I did orientation week and I am so glad that I did! It made it easy for me to get around and see the sights of Delhi without having to navigate myself, so I would highly recommend that.
I had done research with other volunteer companies and I'm sure every one would agree with me that, IVHQ provides the most affordable fees. Once i got into the country on day one they explain where the fees go and how they benefit the people within the company, locally and abroad. I feel that my time here was well spent and its definitely something that i will always recommend other people to do.
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