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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It wasn't my first experience on a volunteering trip, and it certainly wouldn't be my last. I thought I was prepared for what was to come based on past experiences but my time at Hua Hin proved to be a whole new adventure - in the best way...

I embarked on this project as a trial as I was considering a career switch in teaching English. The experience I gained and the lessons I learned were priceless! Through this project, I am now more assured than ever that this is the right step for me. This wasn't just a break from the mundane back home, this was an important step for my growth.

Additionally, I never expected to form such strong bonds and attachments to the beautiful volunteers I met during my 2 weeks in Hua Hin. We may have parted ways for now but I believe for some, we will meet again in the near future.

I highly recommend anyone considering this project. It will not always be easy but I promise you, it will be worth it.

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Posted: September 29, 2022
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By: K.Amanina
Age:
30

That was my first volunteering experience and my first time as solo traveler, it was such an amazing experience,it said that the best way to find urself is to lose urself in the service of others .. well that is so true , the locals appreciated what we do and i was thankful that i’ve had the opportunity to open up to new culture , trying new food , learn new skills , make new friends, discover more about myself and of course HAVE FUN !! .. and I’m looking forward my next volunteering experience with ivhq

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Posted: September 28, 2022
Overall:
8
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8
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8
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34

This wolf conservation program was a fantastic experience I would never miss a chance to do again. The accommodation provided was a cosy wooden cabin in the middle of the forest, surrounded by the enclosures of the nine Iberian wolves we were conserving. The staff were incredible, and working with them, and my fellow volunteers was an absolute joy. Meeting amazing people with the same passion for protecting wildlife as I do was such a wonder. Everyone was extremely friendly, and the scenery around us was always breathtaking. We were surrounded by 16 acres of woodland, allowing for lovely hikes in our free time. I feel so lucky to have been able to feed and observe such beautiful creatures and capture such footage in camera traps and on our personal phones. The work experience included a lot of manual labour, such as cutting up the meat for the wolves, clearing up leaves and twigs on the forest floor, removing unwanted weeds, and working with cement to reconstruct the enclosures. It was demanding work, but it was well worth it. The friendships and memories with the wonderful people I met will never leave my side.

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Posted: September 23, 2022
Overall:
10
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10
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10
Age:
21

It was one of the most amazing things I have ever done. The teaching, the meeting new people, the culture, ... everything was great. I would definitely do it again.

I went to Thailand alone as an 18-year-old. I was looking forward to it immensely. When I finally arrived, there were almost no volunteers. Of course, it was already super late and I went straight to sleep. The next day was actually the "official arrival day" and there were so many new people. I was really relieved because there were so many different nationalities. This is where everything started.

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Posted: September 23, 2022
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10
By: Jenka
Age:
18

The experience was incredible! This was my first international volunteer project and having spent a lot of time to find the right volunteer companies I am very pleased to have chosen IVHQ. As a solo female I felt safe and recieved sufficient information for a successful trip.

Upon arrival, there was an orientation where all of the volunteers met and had cultural awareness sessions, got their homestay locations etc. This was also an opportunity to hear from other people who had been in the country prior (not necessarily on projects to quickly learn where has good prices, sightseeing etc).

Staying in the homestay with a local family gave insights which wouldn't have been available had we stayed in hostels etc. I was able to understand Nepalese culture, eat their food and join in with their way of life. It was really eye opening to notice what we take for granted - things like washing machines, AC and even strong carrier bags!

The project itself comprised of women aged 16-60 and the teaching takes place on the roof of a ladies house as unfortunately they dont have a school. The women are so eager to learn and desperately need materials and support. There is no curriculum so you plan the lessons yourself based upon your assessment of the group and we were able to cover maths, english, using a calculator, dancing (just for fun!), singing and understand the challenges faced by the women with lack of domestic abuse support and period poverty.

It really has been an emotionally awakening experience and I would fully recommend anyone who is debating, to go ahead and just do it!

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Posted: September 21, 2022
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: calon
Age:
33

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