International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

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9.3 / 10 after 280 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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Posted: May 4, 2017
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By: lirinco
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Posted: May 4, 2017
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By: mlirinco
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Posted: April 7, 2017
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Namaste!
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.

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Posted: April 7, 2017
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9
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By: Kat_h
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19

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.

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Posted: March 19, 2017
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4
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