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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Spent two weeks at the turtle conservation program in Bali on the island of Nusa Penida. My only regret is that I didn't stay longer. IVHQ did an amazing job organising the trip and getting me in contact with the Green Lion partner organisation before I left. They answered all questions quickly and provided modules to prepare for the trip and make it easier. I was nervous since it was my first trip alone, but I loved it and plan to return this year.
As for Bali itself it is a lovely place. The locals are extremely friendly and after a day you feel like you've known the coordinators and other volunteers for your whole life. Taking care of the turtles was a unique experience, especially releasing one on my last day there. The accommodation is lovely (Class House), and so is the food. The beach is just a two minute walk away, and there's a medical centre right next to the accommodation in case of an emergency. Even the stray animals are very friendly (no they don't bite) and probably one of my favourite parts of the trip.

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Posted: January 10, 2020
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I volunteered along with my girlfriend to teach English at Emerging Voices in Cartagena, Colombia from Nov-Dec of 2019. The experience overall was amazing. We got to work with lots of different groups of people, from young children living in a poor neighborhood, to teenagers learning skills related to the hospitality industry, to adults who’s English was very good, but they just lacked the confidence to use it. I also enjoyed the ability to visit other projects at Emerging Voices such as the project to feed and spend time with the homeless and the sports development project that worked with kids living in a Drug Rehabilitation Centre.
One of the highlights was definitely meeting all of the other volunteers. Programs like these bring out great people and we had a ton of fun hanging out with people coming from all over North America. My other highlight was definitely the food! Sophie was our local Colombian chef and she made the most amazing meals every day. I was always excited for meal time! She also kept the house impeccably clean and even made our beds every day; what an amazing lady! I also enjoyed working with Monica who is the program owner. She is a very inspiring women and a kind soul. We happened to be there during a transitional time for Emerging Voice so that meant we had lots of different volunteers, but also lots of different coordinators. We had three different teaching coordinators during our 4-week stay. One consistent throughout though was Lao. He worked with the childcare program, but he was the only constant in the volunteer house for the entire time that we were there and he made our experience that much better with his kindness and light hearted nature. The last thing that I really enjoyed was the location of the volunteer house. It was located in the safe neighborhood of Crespo; it was only a 5 minute walk to the beach and only a 10 minute cab to downtown so it was truly perfect! All in it was an amazing experience and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to give back and also push themselves a little out of their comfort zone!

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Posted: January 9, 2020
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By: Lpsotka
Age:
28

I volunteered in the English Teaching Program in Bali for 9 weeks. It was an amazing experience; one that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Not only do you meet a lot of people but you meet a lot of different types of people, people from countries you might not even heard of! And you quickly realize that no matter how 'different' they may seem at first, you actually share more similarities than differences with them. And learning that was one of the highlights from this whole experience.
Time goes by really fast so if I could provide a word of advice, try to stay as long as you can, because trust me, that still won't be enough!
After spending nine weeks in Bali, I felt like I was a part of Bali and that Bali was a part of me and so, the most difficult part about this trip was having to say goodbye.
If you're thinking about going, just GO! You'll only regret it if you don't!

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Posted: December 30, 2019
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8
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By: ceciliak
Age:
36

I volunteered with IVHQ and it was a fantastic experience. I got to meet so many so many people, learn so much, and get pushed out of my comfort zone. I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone who wants an enriching experience, it was fantastic and all the staff involved was infinitely helpful.

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Posted: December 19, 2019
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9
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By: Olviakewl
Age:
16

Salam! I spent a week in the Atlas Mountains volunteering with IVHQ and it was a truly unique and fun experience. The family I stayed with was incredibly accommodating, there was always plenty of food. It was amazing to walk through the valley and mountains everyday with the sheep to find fresh grass, the views were beautiful. I would recommend this to anyone looking to volunteer in a small community to learn about the lifestyle of the locals and how they work together so that everyone can thrive.

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Posted: December 18, 2019
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Age:
22

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