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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

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!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Vietnam
Posted: Aug 12, 2022
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Forum Nexus

Forum-Nexus was so fun and the best way to go abroad!! Because of covid spiking early in the year, FN decided to stay in 1 country for the summer, but we traveled to multiple cities and it was amazing! I love that the program is (usually) multi-country and multi-city, because you can see so much of the world and experience different cultures. This summer we went to Rome, Florence, Milan, Lake Garda, and Venice. It was so fun and each city was so different. We also were able to go on weekend trips if we wanted and I went to Croatia which was so cool. The professors are so nice and accommodating. Yes, you have school work but it is manageable and they understand that traveling the world and new experiences outside of the classroom are important too. You have the freedom to do what you want in your free-time. The professional visits were also really cool! They are to interesting places like the Gucci Museum in Florence and a gelato factory in Bergamo. The hotels were also super nice and the breakfast was so good too. I traveled with some high school friends and FN accommodated us so we were in a room for 3 every time and we all had a bed, not a cot or anything. Thank you Forum-Nexus for the best summer ever!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Aug 4, 2022
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

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.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Jul 26, 2022
Overall:
7
Support:
9
Value:
8

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

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 !!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Romania
Posted: Jul 14, 2022
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

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.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Mexico
Posted: Jul 12, 2022
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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