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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The orientation week was great, stayed with a great host family who was really welcoming. However, some improvements could have been made on the volunteer project itself, as it was somewhat unorganized. But good experience overall and enjoyed my trip!

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Posted: August 19, 2010
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I gained valuable experiences volunteering in India. The host family was absolutely wonderful. They treated me like a family, and taught me about the Indian culture. However, the volunteering programs need to be more organized. The program would improve if the places we went to volunteer actually needs our help. Otherwise, the experience in India was fantastic, especially the host family.

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Posted: August 19, 2010
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India: IVHQ has a program fee, registration fee, AND a banking fee. at first I was ready to join IVHQ but found programs that were much cheaper and are backed by positive testimonials. www.aimabroad.org or www.faceindia.org i am not affiliated with any of these sites but just am offering more choices for people who can't afford to pay a lot.
Just got back from India and had a great time too. Blanche the IVHQ program coordinator was over visiting and looking at areas to improve on the program. Some small disorganization but overall very good comparative to what I saw from the rest of India and how they operate!!! Blanche was lovely as was Ananta the local IVHQ coordinator in Delhi. Would highly recommend.
Di you work in an orphanage or with street children? would you recommend doing the orientation week?
My daughter is going this september through IVHQ to Faridabad, India at an orphanage. Is this where you were situated? Any helpful advise. n

I went to Kenya with IVHQ for 6 weeks this year. They were very helpful up until I left for my trip, answering all my questions quickly and efficiently, and then it was Fadhili Helpers who looked after the volunteers.
Fadhili were brilliant. I was picked up from the airport on time and taken to a temporary homestay. Then we had orientation and I found out where I would be placed. I went with one other volunteer to a smaller, rural town. My hostmother was amazing. She cooked lovely meals for us, helped us with our washing and walked us to our placement. The house was small and cosy. At times there was no running water or electricity but that is all part of the experience. I volunteered in a local primary school, doing teaching. We were given lots of responsibilities and were able to teach whole classes by ourselves. The behaviour in the school was excellent. The teachers were so grateful to have us there and made us feel so welcome! Fadhili also give you lots of opportunities to do extra things at the weekends. Ours included a trip to Hells Gate National Park, another volunteer programme in an IDP camp, a 4 day safari (organised by Fadhili staff so it was cheaper) and on one free weekend we took a trip to Mombasa (the coast).
IVHQ was the cheapest organisation that I found and it was well worth the money. I also really felt like I made a difference in the school. Don't hesitate to go with them - you will have a great time and be well looked after! I really recommend Kenya too. The people are wonderful and Fadhili are simply brilliant.
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Posted: August 4, 2010
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By: Anonymous
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I am due to leave for Kenya in 2 weeks, volunteering just like you. I have never volunteered before and am extremely excited. Just a quick question. I want to take some gifts with me, I have some football shirts and some pens and pencils for the school I will be working in. Could you give me an idea of anything else to take? Maybe for a gift for the host family? Many Thanks, Amy

I volunteered outside of New Delhi, India, and though I loved my time there I felt that there were some problems with the program. The description of what I signed up to do was completely different than my actual experience because no one from either IVHQ or the organization in India that placed volunteers had ever visited the project site. Additionally, IVHQ failed to inform me, or any of the other volunteers that we would have significantly less work than we had anticipated (for most of my time only 2 or 3 hours a day) due to the summer heat. Additionally, the organization in India that placed the volunteers very often got commission on the taxi and rickshaw rides that we took, overcharging us so much that we had to organize our own. Ultimately, I felt that the problems I and other volunteers had we more the result of the organization in India, but I felt that IVHQ ought to have monitored that situation much better.

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Posted: July 30, 2010
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Just arrived back and had a great time. No problems while I was there. Enjoy it! Simon Frost - NY.
I am interested in the Delhi program too. Hopefully the issues have been resolved, because now I am having second thoughts!
Most of the host families, with whom volunteers are placed, run their own projects for the community, so the volunteers are taken to the projects with the host family as they travel together each day. Apart from this, if volunteers are interested in making separate trips, such as to malls or markets, the volunteers are welcome to make their own arrangements or ask for help. There are plenty of fixed-price taxi services which are available to anyone in Delhi, if volunteers feel that they are being overcharged by the organizations. Other than the complaints regarding transportation fees, the volunteers can find many ways to help at each individual project. Though the summer heat will restrict the length of time for which the volunteer projects will run, there are plenty of activities in which the volunteers can participate to smooth the functioning of the projects, such as helping the orphanages with cooking or cleaning, or spending extra hours with the children at school after classes end. Volunteers are always advised to make any of their complaints known to the program coordinators, rather than not finding a solution to their dilemmas and being upset with their volunteering program. Whenever volunteers do speak to the coordinators about an issue, the coordinators are always happy to give several solutions to help the volunteers work more productively. We are sorry that this particular volunteer had such an impression of the organization; however, we hope that many can learn from the volunteer's advice as well as ours.

Great amazing experience and the team at IVHQ was excellent. For anyone wanting to experience this type of adventure I recommend this company. My trip to Ghana was a new experience for me and I was traveling as a solo traveler. But with the support of Jamie Lee and Eddie my trip was wonderful. I met a lot of other volunteers along my way and now feel part of special family that only other volunteers can understand. Do your research of other companies but if you are looking for great customer service and peace of mind I recommend IVHQ

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Posted: July 14, 2010
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Hello Michael, I am going to Ghana on an IVHQ placement next week, also to Dodowa. Is there any specific advice you can offer me ? Appropriate clothes, what the children need, whether you taught at the orphanage or the school? This is my first trip with IVHQ, and so far they have been great.

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