International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

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9.3 / 10 after 295 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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I volunteered through IVHQ in Coast Rica. My home stay was very nice and the food they served was very good. I feel very safe here. Maximo Nivel is the local organization through which IVHQ sends the volunteers who sign up through them in the Costa Rica program. I am unhappy with Maximo Nivel and my volunteer placement and experience as a whole. A large majority of the volunteers in this program location were unhappy with their placements. Many of the people I have spoke with are not doing what they signed up to do and do not feel appreciated at their placement by the local staff. I was basically just a free day care worker. I can not say that anything has gone wrong with myself or any of the other volunteers, only that I feel unmoved by the experience.
99% of the volunteers are very young, early 20s max, American and really only seem to have come on their parents dime to party with other American volunteers with complete disregard for their surroundings. I can say this as I am Americn myself. There are some exceptions of course.
I'm sure IVHQ works with some great programs in other locations. Costa Rica is good if you are young and want to party and make a lot of friends. I do not recommend Costa Rica for those expecting something more.

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Posted: June 20, 2010
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By: Anonymous
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hello everyone. i'm very surprised to see this review. i am here in costa rica, also through ivhq and maximo nivel, and have been here since may! it's awesome. ivhq was great before coming here and maximo is fantastic all the way. they go above and beyond, there's just no other way to put it. they do a great job from housing to projects. i think this person should be careful about putting words in "lots of other volunteers" mouths. i was here in june, and still am here, and everyone i speak with is happy. no doubt there are always problems and obstacles and hurdles, but ivhq and maximo nivel have done very well in addressing all concerns. they're great! pura vida
Hi, I'm interested in traveling to Latin America for a year to do medical/ health care work and learn as much Spanish as I possibly can in that time. Peru is at the top of my list. Do you have any recommendations as to where to go and which company/ organization to go with? thank you
I am going to Costa Rica in a few weeks and I was wondering why you were unhappy with your placement? DId you not want to volunteer with the childcare program or were you looking for something else?

Nkwanta is an amazing place and my experience at God's Eye Orphanage and with IVHQ and Volunteer Corps was incredible. It was very well organized right from the moment I signed up, I was supported throughout the entire experience, all of my questions were answered thoroughly and promptly and I had the experience of a lifetime. I would definitely recommend IVHQ if you are interested in a great volunteer experience.

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Posted: June 15, 2010
Overall:
9
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9
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10
By: Anonymous
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Whilst not only being the cheapest option, IVHQ in my opinion is clearly the only way to go. I have done 3 months stints in Tanzania a few times and loved it. The freedom is what attracts me most. Whilst in Tanzania you are free to visit any orphanage you wish any time you want. Also the option of living in a volunteer house (of which Tz now has 2) mixed with the option of living in fantastic home stays, makes for the perfect trip. The staff is great, the local people are amazing and the experience is indescribable.

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Posted: February 18, 2010
Overall:
10
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10
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10
By: Anonymous
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I'm thinking of going to Tanzania this winter. Could I contact you to ask more questions?
Hi there! I am planning on going with IVHQ to Tanzania next summer and I would love to get in touch with you and would appreciate it if you would tell me some more about your experience with IVHQ : )

IVHQ was amazing. At first I was a little leary about the program. Yet, when I arrives in Cusco someone was waiting for me. They were very organised with my arrival. During my time spent there I had a lot of independence but also, if I wanted I could have been provided for by the program. I liked having the ability to explore by myself. Another important factor is the the other volunteers, they were a big help. I would recommend this program to anyone!

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Posted: January 29, 2010
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9
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9
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9
By: Anonymous
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Hi, I also am thinking of heading to Cusco this summer. But the lack of straightforward volunteer reviews I can find online scares me. I would love to get a more detailed version of your opinion and what you did there. My email is trudylei92@yahoo.com if you could help me out! Thank you so much!
Did you hear of positive experiences from conservation/environmental volunteers?
Hi, I'll be heading to Cuzco for the educating program, and i†'s my first time with International Volunteer HQ. I'm a little worried about how organized and safe the program is and was hoping you could give me a little more insight please. Would appreciate it a lot, thanks!

IVHQ was very organised, friendly, and helpful - all for a very decent fee. The first few days is all set up perfectly with an airport pickup, accommodation with a host family in Nairobi, and an orientation day where they give you all the information you need. They dropped me off and picked me up from my placement, and kept in touch with me the whole time to make sure I was ok. They also set me up with a host family in Nairobi at the end where I needed to spend a few days. Overall, this is a great company and I highly recommend them.

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Posted: January 21, 2010
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10
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10
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10
By: Anonymous
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Did you work with Fadhili Community in Kenya, and if so can you provide feed back on them?

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