International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

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9.3 / 10 after 296 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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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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Did you work with Fadhili Community in Kenya, and if so can you provide feed back on them?

From the beginning, IVHG was helpful about my questions. They responded quickly to all emails and described the programs accurately. I had an amazing experience in both Delhi, India and in rural Palampur! I highly recommend this wonderful organization to anyone who wants to experience a new culture, do some volunteer work and have it all extremely affordable! The field support was friendly, helpful and I have met some great people - the staff and fellow volunteers from around the world.

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Posted: November 8, 2009
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hey guys - ive been trying to find the facebook page to get onto it but cant seem to find it? any ideas?
Yes I am. Go to the IVHQ Facebook group. There are about 10 of us on there planning things and discussing it.
good luck dude!!
After reading this post, I looked into rcdpinternationalvolunteer.org but they are based in Nepal and the whole set up is very dodgy. I contacted two past volunteers of rcdp interntaional from their Facebook page and the feedback was not good. I've looked into a few companies and IVHQ seems very affordable and the feedback is great. I went onto their Facebook group page and found some past contacts who only had great things to say..... BTW I am looking at the Kenya program. I am going in March 2010 - anyone else?
hello - just wondering when you went to Delhi, and whether or not there were a lot of other volunteers around?

As someone who volunteers quite often I must say IVHQ was by far the most organized and in depth program I have yet to take part in. Everyone looks out for their volunteers while on the job from before the trip to during and even afterwards with frequent e-mails checking.
I will definitely be volunteering with IVHQ again soon! :)

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Posted: October 11, 2009
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which program did you work with in CR?

Very memorable experience. My friend and I both did IVHQ programs but seperately (she went to Ghana and seemed to love it - I am thinking of going there next year). My favourite pieces of the trip were the home stay with the hill tribes and the children we taught (I grew a little too attached to some of them!). Advice for future volunteers would be to pack appropriately (follow the packing list they give you) and book your flight to arrive in Chiang Rai on the morning of orientaion. That way you are picked up from the airport by the staff and makes it your start much easier. I know some other volunteers arrived on the weekends when they do not provide airport pick ups and these volunteers were not that happy about it. I flew Air Asia from Bangkok to Chiang Rai and it was very cheap!

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Posted: September 16, 2009
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I would recommend IVHQ - they are well organized and helped me prepare more than adequately. One of the big draws to them was their low fees. I felt other companies were too expensive and simply could not afford to go with other companies. I also heard some bad stories from other companies when doing research prior to choosing the company I went with and IVHQ's feedback all seemed to be very positive. Go with IVHQ - you will have a good time. Mary.
Mary, thank you for your review. I am looking into volunteering in Thailand in the beginning of 2210. I am a 52 year old male who feel the need to take off the suit and contribute to a country in need. I am a health care professional (31 years) and will have 6 months + to dedicate to this goal. Can you give me any additional info on your experience in Thailand and with HVHQ. I reviewed the CCS program and although the org. seems organized the costs are high. Can you or anyone give me additional insight? Mark Brennan Florida, USA

Great program - really professional from first time I enquired till when I left the program in Costa Rica. IVHQ did everything I needed to get me prepared and the program in Costa Rica was run extremely well. A lot of volunteers were there at the time and Maximo were efficient and seemed to manage everything. Highlights are endless, but found the work very good and price was great compared to what other companies had their volunteers paying that i met. Maybe an increase staff is my only suggestion but I think the program has grown quicker than they aniticpated due to popularity and after talking to local workers, this seemed to be high on the priority list. Aside from that, cannot fault it and highly recommend it. If you are considering ivhq costa rica program then do it - you will have a great time.

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Posted: September 13, 2009
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this company doesn't have any base rather dump volunteer stating that they are very cheap. make sure cheap may be very cheap in quality. Basically i found they don't have stromg ground support
Can you tell me more about your costa rica experience? Is their an email address that you can be reached at? Mine is mmittal72@gmail.com

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