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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My experiences with IVHQ were very positive, the staff were a pleasure to deal with and were happy to answer any questions I had either on the phone or via e-mail. Everything was done in an efficient manner, for example, one week before our placement was due to begin in Hanoi there were serious floods so we were unsure what was the best route to take, we were offered the chance to complete our month of volunteer work in Saigon instead (which we decided to do) and this was organised within 24 hours.
I believe it was good value for money and we were provided (In the dorm accommodation) with a comfortable living area, meals and a great social experience. We were also given the opportunity to have two Vietnamese lessons per week (optional) by a local vietnamese volunteer, this was great and came in handy at the orphanage and in daily life (i.e- the markets, shopping etc).
The orphanage program was great, and the kids were beautiful. I worked in three orphanages (2 with disabled children and one with children who had HIV, one of the disabled orphanages also had "babies rooms" where we fed and played with babies who had been abandoned but were not disabled).
The local staff in Vietnam were lovely and a pleasure to work with.
Overall a great experience, and I would recommend this program to others in the future.

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Posted: December 17, 2008
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I'm thinking of signing up for this particular program. I was wondering if you went into it with any particular expertise or experience thats useful for working with the children? I'd love to get as involved as possible but I don't have really any experience in medicine or health. Just want to make sure there's something for me to contribute, don't want to be a waste of space!

I volunteered with IVHQ in Cusco (I was one of their first volunteers there) and it was fun. It was really worthwile and the other volunteers and myself had a lot of fun. If yore thinking about it - DO IT!

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Posted: November 25, 2008
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Hi, i am thinking about doing the cusco program as well..i am planning on traveling alone and was wondering if you found it to be a problem considering you have to fly to lima and then to cusco? also wondering about the living situations..any help would be great

For the record, I went to Tanzania recently and loved it. I know Daniel Radcliffe (the head of IVHQ) had just been back and the program was everything I expected and more. They had just done some major changes there and had completely new staff and a volunteer house... pretty cool. The orphanage I worked at was amazing and I would highly recommend this program to anyone. Some advice for abroadreviews.com Please try and add some sort of moderating function for this..... I didn't even have to add an email (or a name) and I'm guessing the other volunteers rubbishing IVHQ probably didn't even volunteer with them.

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Posted: November 22, 2008
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Hi! I am currently planning a trip with IVHQ to Tanzania and I would love to hear more about your experience with them. If you don't mind getting in touch of course...

I volunteered at an orphanage in
Nepal - a beautiful country full of wonderful people. The program was amazing. I learned alot about myself as well as about another culture. The work was full of challenges, but was incredibly rewarding. Overall IVHQ offered great support and is connected with a very strong program. If you are considering, just go!

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Posted: October 29, 2008
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Can I ask how long you were there Anna? I am thinking of doing the same thing.

An amazing program - I volunteered with two other companies in the past but IVHQ was by far the best. Best program and best value for money - DO IT! Best experience of my life.

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Posted: October 20, 2008
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My daughter is also looking of the Ecuador trip. Does anyone have any feedback on Ecuador? Thanks.
Thank you for your comments. My Daughter is thinking about Ecuador, however I have not been able to get any comments or reviews of that area. Any feedback that you can provide would be helpful in that you have been to South America and may have come accross volenteers from the Equedor area.

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