Volunteer Abroad

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

If I were to describe this experience in only one word I would say it was mind-opening. It has helped me evolve from so many points of view. Not only did I learn to be more independent and choose for myself, but I also I got to know amazing hard-working people. I managed to do my project and build friendships with the other volunteers. I felt that I truly belonged to that world and I was devastated when I had to leave. The program was simply marvellous. I can say I got to live one of the best moments of my life when I encountered an octopus that gripped my hand. I have never felt something like that ever before. I think that this experience helped me grow a lot and made me understand how beautiful and unique the marine world really is. Furthermore, I managed to learn new things about a foreign culture and I loved exploring different parts of Lisbon on my own and with other volunteers. Even more, the staff was so kind and helpful that I almost felt part of their family. All in all, I find it incredible that even after a month I still think about those moments and me and the other volunteers are still keeping in touch. Now, all I want to do is embark in a similar adventure as soon as possible.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Portugal
Posted: Jul 21, 2021
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteered in Bali - Ubud for the health care education program. This was an amazing trip and I LOVED working with all of the kiddos! Bali is absolutely beautiful and I highly recommend this destination. I enjoyed my experience with IVHQ. Where I stayed was fine, it was clean and the staff did everything they could to accommodate us. There were bunk beds and I was paired with 5 other people in the room. Food was awesome as well! All of the staff, volunteer coordinators, cooks, taxi drivers, etc. were absolutely amazing and made the experience organized and enjoyable! For the program itself, it seemed slightly unorganized at first because there weren't enough people for certain programs so they were having some people switch programs, but only if they wanted to. With that being said, my program, health care education was amazing. I did find that I was teaching children English and spending time with the kids rather than teaching them specifically about healthcare but I still really enjoyed it! I was able to teach them about washing their hands and how to live healthy! One more thing that people who are travelling with IVHQ should know is that you are required to have a one week orientation. The orientation is fun, you get to learn a lot about the country and culture that you are travelling in. However, it does take some time away from volunteering so make sure to plan for this while planning how long you will stay in your destination. Overall, I LOVED my experience in Bali and would recommend IVHQ to people who are wanting to volunteer abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Dec 27, 2020
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteered in Bali - Ubud for the health care education program. This was an amazing trip and I LOVED working with all of the kiddos! Bali is absolutely beautiful and I highly recommend this destination. I enjoyed my experience with IVHQ. Where I stayed was fine, it was clean and the staff did everything they could to accommodate us. There were bunk beds and I was paired with 5 other people in the room. Food was awesome as well! All of the staff, volunteer coordinators, cooks, taxi drivers, etc. were absolutely amazing and made the experience organized and enjoyable! For the program itself, it seemed slightly unorganized at first because there weren't enough people for certain programs so they were having some people switch programs, but only if they wanted to. With that being said, my program, health care education was amazing. I did find that I was teaching children English and spending time with the kids rather than teaching them specifically about healthcare but I still really enjoyed it! I was able to teach them about washing their hands and how to live healthy! One more thing that people who are travelling with IVHQ should know is that you are required to have a one week orientation. The orientation is fun, you get to learn a lot about the country and culture that you are travelling in. However, it does take some time away from volunteering so make sure to plan for this while planning how long you will stay in your destination. Overall, I LOVED my experience in Bali and would recommend IVHQ to people who are wanting to volunteer abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Dec 27, 2020
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Terrible company that treat their staff awfully and treat their volunteers like cash cows. They ask staff to write fake reviews all over the internet. For profit company that do not re-invest in sites or equipment, do not invest in staff, poor communication from head office ran by interns, thus a very high staff turnover, camps like basic holiday camps, scientific programs a joke. AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Dec 2, 2020
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Globalteer

Our daughter's trip to Peru to volunteer was preempted because of the global pandemic. Globalteer refused to grant a refund, nor did they offer an alternative. We were simply put off by the manager who told us that we should seek recompense through travelers insurance. While they may be a very reputable organization, their handling of this was less than professional, and for that reason, I would recommend that people look deep into the organizations they are willing to help. We will from now on.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 7, 2020
Overall:
2
Support:
2
Value:
1

Green Life Volunteers

I can say that volunteering at the turtle conservation project was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. I stayed 3 weeks in Nombre de Jesus and it went beyond my expectations, all the people who work at Green Life Volunteers were very kind, since my arrival in San Jose, as at the project.
I worked directly with Ravier, coordinator of the project, and Gerardo, assistant at the time and we had a very good coexistence in these 3 weeks, it was possible to notice their knowledge of the subject when it comes to turtles, I learned a lot.
I really recommend the project to any volunteer, besides the knowledge and gratification that you will get, I've still had the luck to meet other amazing volunteers from all over the world. It was amazing and I consider being a volunteer again in the future.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Sep 3, 2020
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteered on the animal care programme where I was in a no kill animal shelter for 2 weeks, helping to look after the dogs and cats. My experience was nothing but positive and I had the time of my life, I would do it all over again if I could! There was a perfect balance between volunteering and having free time in the afternoons and evenings, and on the weekends.
The programme fee was very affordable and was worth it for the standard of the accommodation and food provided. The staff at the hostel were very lovely and welcoming.
The support prior to my programme was outstanding where my programme manager (Charlotte Very) was able to answer any questions I had in great detail, despite her being located at the headquarters in New Zealand and myself living in the UK.
I cannot recommend IVHQ and the programme itself enough - it was amazing!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Croatia
Posted: Sep 1, 2020
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Had a great time! Would do it again :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Brazil
Posted: Aug 12, 2020
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
9

ELIabroad Experiential Learning International

I had a horrible experience with this company and trying to get support while abroad. They just care about the money and getting paid. Once you pay them, they will provide no support at all and let you deal with any issues while abroad, which can be terrifying when you're in a new country with its own culture and language. They will keep redirecting you to another source for help, going in circles, leaving you without any help abroad. This is a horrible experience for anyone who is new to a country and was hoping for a fun, eye-opening experience.

The programs are overpriced and not worth the money.

I believe the CEO is Kevin O'Neill, who is a liar and a thief. He will provide no help at all. He will change the terms and blame the situation on you, on your timing in reporting any issues as a reason to not provide help. Kevin O'Neill is manipulative and unethical. He will respond with petty lies, twisting your account of the situation to avoid accountability. He will put words in your mouth that you never said, confusing the situation even more and try to make you look like the idiot. Most stubborn, toxic person ever.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location:
Posted: Jun 21, 2020
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

GeoVisions

I paid for Geovisions' Tutor a Host Family Abroad - Spain program. They failed to find a host family for tutoring and instead matched me with a family that needed an au pair. There were so many red flags during the host interview - from the family telling me I would need to attend mass and pray with them (I'm not Catholic) to them trying to dictate how I dress and what I eat (they wouldn't accommodate my dietary restrictions even though they're supposed to). I expressed my concerns with Geovisions and refused the match for obvious reasons. I tried to be flexible as they stressed I needed to be to find a match, but after over 6 months of no match I finally left the program and requested a refund since I paid over 1000 USD. Geovisions refused to refund me the very expensive fee I paid because I turned down a family with no regard to my personal safety. Everyone from the coordinator to the cofounder stated that since I refused a match they would be keeping my money. An organization that can't own up to its mistakes and doesn't value participants' safety is not one that I would trust with my life while living abroad. I won't be applying to them ever again.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: May 22, 2020
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

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