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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I got the opportunity to work at a dog shelter in Guatemala that had 90 dogs! It was amazing and i fell in love with so many of the affectionate doggies. I got to help them in a meaningful way by providing them with water I had to carry from a nearby well. The lady who runs the shelter was very appreciative and welcoming. Of course I also took the time to explore Guatemala itself and I got to ride a horse for the first time, up a volcano!! The most beautiful place I went to was the Earth Lodge so peaceful. A tip I'd give to volunteers is to make the most of your evenings/weekends and do as much sightseeing as you can and be very attentive on your orientation day as you have to usually travel to your placement by yourself.

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Posted: May 1, 2019
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By: Franc3sca
Age:
26

Volunteering on the teaching English program in Lima, Peru was definitely one of the best experiences I've had! For anyone hesitating about signing up, I would highly recommend this program. I myself was anxious before leaving as this was my very first volunteer experience and my first time in South America; however the program manager at IVHQ was very supportive, kept me well informed about everything before my departure, and answered all my questions promptly which made me feel well prepared before my arrival.

Upon arrival in Lima, the local staff there were welcoming and also supportive, and the other volunteers in the house were super nice and friendly - which made me feel at home very quickly. It was fun exploring the city with other volunteers and trying the local cusine.

The teaching Program itself was defintely one of the more challenging projects but it was extremely rewarding, as you plan your own lessons and have the opportunity to work with kids of various age groups. Your time and effort is defintely appreciated by the students, staff, and coordinators; and you really feel like you're making an impact :)

The 2 weeks really flew by...I will defintely be volunteering again soon with IVHQ! It was a truly eye opening, rewarding, and fun experience.

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Posted: April 17, 2019
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By: Stacey27
Age:
26

I spent a total of 5 weeks volunteering in Cusco, Peru through IVHQ. The application process was easy and straightforward. I felt supported through my application, preparation, and time in country. IVHQ was great about answering all of my questions and ensuring I was prepared for my trip. Once in Cusco, Maximo Nivel was the organization I worked with. I spent my first two weeks volunteering at Panthera Sanctuary in Puerto Maldonado, Peru for the Jungle Conservation Project. These two weeks were incredible and I would recommend it to anyone ready to leave wifi, electricity, and hot showers behind. It was so refreshing to live a simple life, working hard, and meeting new people. I also learned so much about plants, animals, and sustainability.
After the jungle, I spent three weeks teaching English in Cusco with Maximo Nivel. I spent two of the weeks teaching adults who work in the tourism industry. My last week was spent teaching English to children in an afterschool program. My recommendation is only do the teaching English to children if you have more time to give than I did. It was difficult to only be with the children for one week. All in all, I loved my experience and I feel that I learned and grew a lot. I would definitely recommend volunteering with IVHQ if you have the opportunity!

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Posted: April 2, 2019
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By: Sydney L
Age:
26

This was my first time travelling abroad, and I'm so grateful I was directed to the IVHQ program. Leading up to the program date IVHQ always quickly and thoroughly answered all my questions, made sure I was adequately prepared to travel and always made me feel safe and secure with my decision to travel with them. They also always very clearly emphasized the importance of abroad volunteer work as well as making very clear to keep realistic expectations of your project. Being in medical project there really is only so much one person can do to help, but I knew to go in with an open mind so I came out having learned so much, felt good about the work I'd done and thoroughly enjoyed my time in Cusco. Anybody looking to travel and do a little good at the same time I whole heartedly encourage them to go through IVHQ!

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Posted: February 25, 2019
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By: Jaderade
Age:
28

IVHQ Bogotá, sin dudas, se convirtió en mi hogar en dos semanas.
Hay muchas cosas que puedo decir acerca de mi experiencia en Bogotá, pero lo primero que se me viene a la mente cuando me comenzaron a preguntar acerca de la experiencia que pasé, es la gente. Desde el primer momento me sentí en mi hogar (lejos de mi hogar) las Coordinadoras, los demás voluntarios, la gente/niños con los que trabajabamos en los proyectos. Cada uno de ellos te abre su corazón, y siempre están ahí, con una sonrisa, esperando a ayudar, a conversar, a estar presente.
Emerging Voices - Colombia es una organización INCREIBLE, con un equipo humano que sobrepasa todo lo bueno de esta vida. Sin lugar a dudas, no sólo Bogotá, con mil lugares, sitios, cultura, y actividades que ofrecer, pero así mismo la gente con la que compartí mis dos semanas, hicieron que deje una parte muy grande mi corazón - al cual volveré lo más pronto que pueda para seguir en este proyecto personal que es servir a los demás!
A todos aquellos que estén pensando ir: vayan. De verdad, desde el segundo en que ponen pie en suelo Bogotano, van a sentir la magia de la gente, la voluntad de servicio en los proyectos, y la sensación de cómo crece su corazón!
Y como ellos mismos dicen: el riesgo es que te quieras quedar.

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Posted: February 24, 2019
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10
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10
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10
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