International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

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9.4 / 10 after 443 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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I recently completed the IVHQ medical program in Vietnam, and it has had an immense impact on me. This was my second medical program trip with IVHQ, and each one has given me knowledge and experience that I will carry with me throughout my medical studies and career! This is a perfect program for either groups or solo travelers, as you will meet so many other volunteers who share interests and love adventure as well! I can’t wait to start planning my next trip!

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Posted: August 12, 2022
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10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
21

I had an amazing time taking part in the turtle conservation project in Sri Lanka. Although in my first week there were times when we had completed the tasks quickly so had some idle time with not a lot to do, during my second week I was the only volunteer, which meant I had much more involvement with the turtles and got to spend more time with them. I also got to release hatchlings into the sea, which was the most incredible experience and one I will never forget. It is a very relaxed project but also meaningful and rewarding - definitely something I would recommend!
My hosts were lovely and took amazing care of me, and although being the only volunteer for my second week meant the social scene was not quite what I had expected, I did feel this allowed me to have more interaction with the locals and by the end of my time there felt very welcome and very much part of the local community, which was particularly comforting as I was there during a lot of political and economic uncertainty.

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Posted: July 26, 2022
Overall:
7
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9
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8
By: ellen55
Age:
21

I recently completed my first 3 week volunteer trip to Romania this last may . And omg what an experience!!! I never heard of ivhq until I worked with a coworker and she lead me to this company! They where always on the ball very easy to get In touch with . Any concerns /issues about my travel it was all in website. I was supposed to go 2 years ago but unfortunately the world shut down. But I eventually got to go! The local Romanian crew I worked with was more then Amazing! I actually told the director that they making it hard to have to leave ! They were soooooo accommodating. I met a lot of really cool people from all over the world ! I can’t wait to go back but I wanna also try out other places ;) !!! I always wanted to see Romania but was a little apprehensive because it was my first time in this situation.. best decision !!!

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Posted: July 14, 2022
Overall:
10
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10
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10
By: Decasperj
Age:
36

I chose to volunteer with IVHQ for a week in Merida and chose the child care program. This was my first time with IVHQ. I found the process of signing up very easy and user-friendly. IVHQ was very responsive and even called me to chat. The IVHQ placement options are enormous across the entire world and it is the most affordable volunteer organization I have found. Once registration was complete, the program review was really easy to follow and full of a lot of important details. They even offer flight booking help, travel insurance links, and your travel country of choice's visa requirements. The local contact in Merida was very responsive by text before my arrival. I was given the choice to be picked up at the airport which went as planned. I chose to stay at the Volunteer Inn (instead of a host family), which was clean and my room was comfortable. We were provided one day of orientation that covered a lot of details, including a trip into the town center, with historical sightseeing. My assignment in child care was well organized, although we had to use our imagination to work with the children. I wanted to do a geography lesson and needed a round ball to draw the continents. I did not have a ball handy so I used a coconut I found in the street. I had the children paint it blue and I traced the continents to teach about other countries in relation to Merida and Mexico. I met a nice group of like-minded volunteers, which was a lot of fun.

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Posted: July 12, 2022
Overall:
10
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10
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10
By: Sohela
Age:
58

IVHQ was not only affordable but very straightforward with the program and how they do things. I enjoyed my stay in Portugal and working with kids so much planning to do another program with them. 11/10 the best and most affordable international volunteering program.

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Posted: June 20, 2022
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
37

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