International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

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9.3 / 10 after 286 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings

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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Volunteering in a different country with an entirely different culture and language altogether has changed my perspective on the different lifestyles each individual may have. Being in Vietnam for a month, I've learned that a simple smile speaks so much more than words could, especially with the language barrier. Making friends with other volunteers from different countries and hearing their own stories of their own cultures has also broadened my view of other nations.

Overall my stay in Vietnam was truly a great investment. Not only did I make friends from all over the world, I made friends with whom I had great and amazing adventures with even in a short period of time. I've gained so much exposure that I couldn't have ever gotten just from watching videos or even documentaries on the TV or the internet. You've got to experience it all by yourself by taking that leap of faith and stepping into an unknown ground. Trust me, you might not like it at first, but over time, it'll grow on to you. Just like how Vietnam has grown on to me. When I look back on my volunteering experience in Vietnam, I'll always feel a sense of warmth. Till then Vietnam9especially my IVHQ family there), I'll see you soon!

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Posted: August 10, 2017
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By: bellab21
Age:
19

I would highly recommend to volunteer with IVHQ in Vietnam as it is a life changing experience and enables to open up your eyes to a completely different culture and lifestyle. Although at times, it was quite challenging due to being away from home IVHQ team was extremely supportive and helpful. I will definitely volunteer with IVHQ in the near future again.

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Posted: June 30, 2017
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9
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9
By: gerdam96
Age:
21

IVHQ is super helpful, I was doing a four-weeks Childcare program in Thailand, and this was my first time volunteering abroad, I was nervous at first, but the IVHQ staff contacted me and gave me a lot of guide and useful information, so I can prepare well before I go.

I enjoyed my experience in Thailand so much, it was so rewarding. I made a lot of International friends, the food and accommodation were good, we got a lot of chance to interact with the local people and learn about their culture, we also travelled a lot and explored a lot.

The local staffs were super nice and helpful, they provided good food, they taught us Thai language, they translated for us all the time, they cared about our health. one day, one volunteer was sick, one staff drove her to the local clinic immediately, we were very impressed.

Overall, Thailand is a amazing place, people are so friendly, and IVHQ is definitely a good choice.

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Posted: June 13, 2017
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10
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10
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10
By: WANQI LI
Age:
23

I was in India for one month. During this month I was able to learn so much about the culture, customs, and people of this great country. IVHQ offers an orientation week that allowed me and a group of volunteers to learn more about this history of India. After the week was up, we were all off to our volunteer sites. I worked as slum teaching in New Delhi. It was an experience that I would gladly repeat again. The homestay that I was placed at was with Chandni and Mohit. These beautiful individuals made my Indian experience that much more meaningful. They welcomed me in and from day one I felt like family. I can't believe my month is already over, but I'm looking forward to returning in the future and I'd definitely do it with IVHQ.

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Posted: May 27, 2017
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10
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By: Eb8389
Age:
23

I volunteered for one week in Chiang Rai, Thailand. I went in a group of four people and IVHQ did an excellent job of preparing us and supporting us throughout the trip. We signed up together, and by doing so we were able to ensure that we would be together for every part of the volunteering process. At the airport we knew someone was there to pick us up, but we had a hard time finding that person. Once we found him it went smoothly enough. He loaded us into the back of a truck and took us directly to the mirror foundation. Once we arrived there we were given a tour of the property (granted we didn't quite understand everything and had to ask quite a few questions later). We had daily meeting explaining what each group was doing and the majority of information was given out there. I volunteered with the outdoor group and we worked in rice paddies. Because it was the hot season, we would only work for a few hours before taking a long break. I felt we could've done even more work, but I'm grateful they were so worried about our well being. The work for the volunteers depends on what the local tribes request, because of that I felt the relatively small amount of work we did was extremely worthwhile and would leave a lasting impact. The weekends allowed time to tour, which was wonderful and transportation was simple to organize. We also had the opportunity to spend a night with the hill tribes in a local village. We swam in a waterfall and got to eat and sleep in a local hut. We were warned it could be remote, but we were actually quite comfortable. IVHQ did a wonderful job of communicating and providing information that allowed the trip to proceed without any bumps. The facilities were comfortable, though we were sleeping on mats. The house we were in was cleaned by volunteers and the mosquito nets were provided. Showers were in a closed off bathroom. Food was cooked by the locals, which was great. They prepared it with less spice for those of us with weaker stomachs. Overall the trip was wonderful. I do recommend taking some extra time to stay places farther away from the foundation after your volunteer opportunity.

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Posted: May 26, 2017
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8
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10
By: mclaumad
Age:
22

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