Volunteer Abroad

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to volunteer in Sri Lanka with IVHQ. From the moment I began my application, I felt incredibly supported by the IVHQ staff and knew I would be in good hands once arriving in a foreign country. As a solo volunteer traveling from the U.S., I was nervous and had many questions before the trip. The IVHQ staff were more than helpful in answering my questions and easing my worries. The program itself was wonderful. I stayed in a home with a lovely Sri Lankan family and 6 other volunteers. The home was basic but comfortable and clean. I felt as I was getting the authentic experience, which is exactly what I wanted. My program was teaching English in a local pre-school. This experience was also positive, and I really enjoyed the children and the teachers of the school. It was not always easy as the language barrier did make it difficult to communicate with the kids, but overall I felt like I was applying my teaching skills in a meaningful way. I still keep in touch with the teachers, the other volunteers, and the family I lived with. Sri Lanka will always have a special place in my heart, and I look back on this experience fondly. I highly recommend IVHQ for those considering volunteer projects abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Sep 24, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

IVHQ was very helpful in my recent volunteer trip to Nepal. I am originally from Nepal but have been living in the States for a while now. Going back to the country where I am from was a great experience and the fact that I could make a small difference meant a lot to me. I was in the teaching English program in Pokhara and the school where I worked really tried to use me to the best of their abilities. I can speak fluent Nepali so that was really helpful for communication and IVHQ r ally took that into account when trying to find me a placement. The local staff that they had was super helpful and the home stay itself was comfortable. The cost was a little expensive but if you can stay for a few weeks, they get less and less. Overall I had a great experience and will go on another volunteer trip with IVHQ in the future.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Sep 22, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8

Original Volunteers

This was my first volunteering abroad trip ever. I was a little bit worry about traveling alone to volunteer but this all gone since I met the other enthusiastic lovely volunteers in Marrakech, Morocco.

Although my flights were delayed so many times, I did let them know about the changes, they were at the airport when I arrived to pick me up.

I spent two weeks with Original Volunteers in Morocco (August 28, 2017 to September 10, 2017) and it went so fast as if it was two days only.

I really enjoyed my time there.I loved the volunteering projects we did. We did the following activities:
- Cuddling and Playing with orphan kids in Baby Orphanage Centers
- Feeding homeless people.
- Painting old schools' walls for better children’s learning environments.
- Visiting villages to make children learning activities and games

Also, we spent our free time doing so much interesting things like:
Quad biking, waterfalls hike, and camel riding

Over the weekend, we stayed overnight at a barber house to learn how to cook some Moroccan dishes and mint-tea. In addition, we spent one night sleeping in the desert, the stars were so bright on the night it was really amazing.

At the end, basically, this trip is unforgettable as it is one of the best two weeks in my life. The other volunteers make my experience even greater. Original Volunteers coordinators were so friendly.

Thank you Original Volunteers!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Sep 22, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

The collections from the airport was well arranged, and very helpful in showing me where to exchange currency, having booked me a hotel room, and showing me around town. The project briefing was informative and clearly explained the main objectives of the project and how surveys were carried out.

The food and living conditions were much better than I expected and overall I had a brilliant time and thoroughly enjoyed my time on project.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Sep 22, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I have to confess it would be intimidating to volunteer abroad for the first time as a solo traveler, without the help and support from the program managers in IVHQ and the local coordinators.
For sure,Sri Lanka is the first foreign country I have ever been, the volunteering experience in this country was totally fantastic and memorable for me. I met bunches of volunteers from around the world who share the same passion for helping others and enjoying the foreign adventure. We tried our best to assist the locals to carry out the conservative projects and improve their quality of life.
If you ask me what did the volunteering experience bring to you, it would be not only the culture adventure and immersion, but the mental stretch and personal growth.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Sep 22, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Having to teach English to kids it's always hard if you don't have any language in common. They don't completely understand you, but when you finally think of a game with which they can both enjoy and learn English, you and the kids begin laughing and playing, as well as learning.
Honestly, I didn't had the opportunity to feel that because I'm very bad at teaching and talking, and for me it's very difficult to be funny and play with kids. But despite that, everytime I took the camera and the kids saw me, all of them went to surround me so I could take them (lovely) pictures. That feeling that you have when you see the kid smiling and laughing with his friends when you show him the picture you just took them in priceless. I don't think I will feel this anymore, unless I go back.
I want to share some of that pictures, including a special one: Our Local Coordinator's birthday celebration.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz5w-lCV582bWTVLSkxPXzlfNzQ

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Sep 21, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Getting a big hug and a thankyou in Vietnamese from an elderly man to whom i was serving food in the Food Outreach program in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam would definitely rank as one of the most cherished moments of my life.

The Food Outreach programme organized by International Volunteer HQ in Ho Chi Minh City was a truly unforgettable experience. Great Website, Outstanding support from the Program Manager at IVHQ, Prejourney resources, Value for Money, A very warm, friendly and helpful local team in Vietnam and a great experience in the volunteer program are all the reasons why i would definitely recommend International Volunteer HQ to any aspiring volunteer. Highly Recommended !!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Vietnam
Posted: Sep 21, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Sep 20, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

DON’T VOLUNTEER WITH IVHQ! We were taken in by their slick website and lists of testimonials but the truth is these people are only interested in your money. If you have a disruption in your plans or need to cancel for some reason you can kiss your cash good-bye. They informed us 2 weeks before we were scheduled to arrive conditions at the volunteer house where we would be accommodated might be "unhealthy". They told us we could upgrade the accommodation for an additional $220 US. This was AFTER we had paid them the balance of the $550 US they requested we pay them to volunteer for a week. We had previously submitted health information (requested by them) outlining special health requirements so they were well aware of that BEFORE we submitted our balance payment. The condition at the volunteer house forced my friend to cancel. My friend and I wanted to volunteer together. They also knew that. When we both asked for a full refund and they refused stating we were not within their 60 day guideline for cancellation despite the fact they gave us ONLY a 2 week notice of the situation at the house. IVHQ could not justify a reason for withholding a refund (they said it was for “preparation for arrival” which is total BS). To add to that my friend wanted to teach Spanish and they told her she couldn’t volunteer in that role unless she took 2 courses from them at a price of over $400 US. Her parents are from Peru and she speaks fluent Spanish. We have both volunteered around the world and are over qualified for this kind of service. Bottom line is: IVHQ has no interest in your volunteer passion. They are business not a charity and they only want your money.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Mexico
Posted: Sep 20, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I’ve always been intrigued by Asian countries more so, Nepal was the only place that had a program specifically for dogs. Dogs are my passion. Im happy I did this program! I know this was an opportunity that I won’t get again in my life. It was a humbling and rewarding experience. Doing it through A Broader view made planning very easy.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Sep 18, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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