International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

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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, FijiGhana, Guatemala, India - Delhi & DharamsalaItalyPortugal, Spain, New ZealandKenya , Laos, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Peru - Cusco & Lima, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, ThailandRomaniaUganda, Victoria Falls, Vietnam - Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City and Zambia.

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I had a great experience with IVHQ in Zambia last month . Everything was great and well organized from the first second we reached Zambia till the moment we finished with our program . The experience was extra ordinary starting from the great support done by IVHQ team via internet before travel , giving the full detailed information , passing by the great local team in zambia from drivers , cookers , accomodation workers and teachers at school . The atmosphere inside the accomodation was so great , people are gathering from every part of the world , meeting for meals 3 times a day , hanging out together , sharing their experience . The best part of the experience was the time we spent with the children at the school . Was really great experience and would repeat it again when i have the chance . Thanks to IVHQ i finally had my greatest experience in my whole life .

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Posted: November 18, 2017
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32

I was in Arusha, Tanzania for two weeks with IVHQ and was one of the best trips of my life. At first, I was hesitant going to Africa by myself, but as soon as I left the Kilimanjaro Airport, I was greeted by an energetic IVHQ staff member, who carried my bags, had a large water bottle and gave me information to read about my specific placement. He and the driver pointed out places along the way from the airport and from then on, I knew this was going to be amazing. My accommodation was great; there was plenty of space to unpack into, a large porch, common area, kitchen, etc. It was so much fun to come back from placement and hear about everyone's days, play games, listen to music or just sit outside and read.I also loved the social aspects of the program -- every Thursday night, everyone in the program comes together for a "social night" so you get to meet people from other accommodations; everyone is so passonate about their placement and it was great to be included in such a warm, fun, happy, loving community. The school that I worked with was incredible, and even though I was only there for two weeks, I felt like I could make a strong relationship with the teachers as well as the students. During my time I was able to go on a weekend safari and the guide IVHQ uses could not have been more amazing, never met anyone so kind who knew more about animals, culture and African ecosystems. I also feel like I got to know Arusha as a city, and was immersed in the culture. I felt safe the whole time I was there and everyone from Tanzania was so welcoming. Time flew by too quickly, it was hard to say goodbye, and I could not recommend this program more! Thank you IVHQ!!

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Posted: November 16, 2017
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10
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9
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10
By: daviswc0
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24

I spent one week volunteering with children in Zambia through IVHQ. Zambia is amazing country. Very peaceful with lovely people. I was very surprised how safe it is there. Our accommodation was very nice, we had our room with my husband and big dining room where we met with other volunteers. There were volunteers from many different countries. All were very nice, we always had a chat about our day, children, plans for activities to do in the free time, etc. We had great orientation meeting where we learn more about the country and culture and we were showed the town and important places there. I really felt the organization took good care of us and I felt very comfortable and safe.
Me and my husband were placed in small school, which was actually private house where children were studying. The children were from age 3 to 9. They were divided for us in two groups. I had group 3 to 6 and my husband 7 to 9. The children were so happy to see us every day. They were running to us, jumping on us and they were so happy. I really miss these moments. We were giving the children some pens, notepads and toys and they were so happy for every little thing. To see the happiness in their eyes is unforgettable. We really enjoyed the time with them and wish we could stay longer. It was very sad to leave, but hopefully we can help them with some donation in the future.
After this project, we had 4 days for some activities in Zambia and Zimbabwe. There is so much to do. Walking with lions and cheetahs was the most amazing experience. Sitting in the devil’s pool in the Victoria Falls is must do and seeing the falls from Zimbabwe side is breath taking. Even I traveled to many countries, I can say this was the best experience in my life. I’m happy I fulfilled my dream. Thank IVHQ and Dream Livingstone.

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Posted: November 10, 2017
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10
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10
By: Nataly
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Hi, I am a retired teacher from Australia and spent four weeks in Morrocco teaching English. I can highly recommend this experience staying with local families in the Medina and understanding more of their culture. They were extremely accommodating and interested in other cultures. And their quality of meals were superb. I found the students very enthusiastic and keen to learn and speak English like a Western country. The exposure to British, American and Australian volunteers gave them a good cross section and only wished I could have extended my stay.

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Posted: November 9, 2017
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By: Ric
Age:
63

Hi, I am a retired teacher from Australia and spent four weeks in Morrocco teaching English. I can highly recommend this experience staying with local families in the Medina and understanding more of their culture. They were extremely accommodating and interested in other cultures. And their quality of meals were superb. I found the students very enthusiastic and keen to learn and speak English like a Western country. The exposure to British, American and Australian volunteers gave them a good cross section and only wished I could have extended my stay.

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Posted: November 9, 2017
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9
By: Ric
Age:
63

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