Volunteer abroad with IVHQ

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IVHQ is the world’s most trusted and affordable volunteer abroad organization, offering the largest range of safe and impactful volunteer programs in 40+ destinations around the world.

Over 80,000 travelers have volunteered abroad with IVHQ over the past 10 years, making IVHQ the world’s most experienced volunteer organization with the best safety record.

Whether you're taking a volunteer vacation, gap year, or on a career break, IVHQ has a wide variety of programs ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks to fit anyone's schedule.

Programs are available in these destinations: Bali, Costa Rica, South Africa, Greece, Fiji, Nepal, Peru, Jamaica, Madagascar, Spain, Belize, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Italy, Tanzania, Cambodia, Victoria Falls, India, Vietnam, Portugal, Laos, New Zealand, Belgium, Morocco, Brazil, China, Ghana, Zambia, Uganda, Indonesia, Cambodia, Argentina, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines and Thailand.

Explore the programs below and visit the IVHQ website for more information.


99 Devon Street
West New Plymouth 4310
New Zealand



Loved every second of it.

I was part of the construction and renovation program at FIJI in September 2018, and I must say, going there was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

The program was well managed by the friendly staff and the accommodation and food was decent. The age group range was between 18 and 60, and trust me, the 60 year olds are the most fun loving of all. The best thing is the work you do, the people you meet and the sights you see. While we worked hard Monday-Friday at the site, we took weekend trip to the islands. I would highly recommend IVHQ and especially the Fiji. I am planning my next IVHQ destination already.

How can this program be improved?
The accommodation can be made better, but it is not a big issue.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Just an incredible experience from the beginning to the end. I was met with a driver that carried a clearly marked sign and a big smile. From the moment he picked me up and the 4 hour drive to the acommendations, he was informative and so friendly. Additionally, he offer me a snack on a short stop on the way. Sunday, as schedule the representitive gave an outline of the following weeks over coffee at a charming street cafe. I volunteered to work on an Agriculture project and later volunteered my help with summer camps of school age kids. It was fun to see the smiles and experience their curiousity. I was the old guy in the group but never felt old. I was amazed of the experience and energy the young volunteers had. I was included in the many activities on or off of the camps including cleaning up gardens, barbecues, mountain hiking, observing bears, making cheese, and meetings at the local meeting places. I highly recommend the experience but spend enough time to get to know the locals. They are so friendly and humble, wow a stay in Transylvania, how exciting.

Yes, I recommend this program
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I loved it so much. If you want some friends for life and make a difference, go here. I ended up getting a few new best friends (volunteers ánd coordinators) while doing my projects. They gave the option to do more then one project once you arrive so I did the thing I wanted to do anyway, which was temple renovation, and taught some village kids some english. The teaching was quite a challenge since you have to prepare your own lessons, but it was fun as well.

How can this program be improved?
Shorter orientation week
Yes, I recommend this program
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The whole vic falls program is too amazing to be real.
I spent one month in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe with IVHQ, doing wildlife conservation program in Stanley and Livingstone private game reserve.
I got in contact my lovely program manager Claire before my trip. She is patient and answered all my emails and questions with everything she knows. After I got there I met the local respondent Justin, pro guides Griff and Dean and Game manager Ian and other staff. They are all so friendly,knowledgeable and hardworking.
As the work part of my program I do game drives early in the morning and sometimes walk to track animals. I also build roads, help school and remove bad plants. While working I get to see and know the life and current situation of many animals. It’s a great way to learn and grow.
As the fun part I do all kind of activities and entertainments such as gorge swing and white water rafting on weekends. I got to see the Vic Falls several times but the shock is every time the same. It’s a wonder.During one month I’ve made friend with other volunteers. They’re open minded, friendly and willing to share and communicate. Everyone has become a indispensable part or the team that we’ve decided we will visit each other’s country and have reunions one day.
During my stay I enjoyed the accommodation and food so much. They are the best of all the volunteer programs. And surly no worries about the political problems and health and security. I learned and grew so much from this program.This is definitely the one I’m going back again.

How can this program be improved?
No, everything is perfect but be careful about the political and security situation of the country.
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ gave me all the tools and information necessary to be prepared for my trip abroad. They stayed in touch throughout my preparation process and while in Costa Rica. Their step by step guidance made the process very simple. Their description was what I expected upon my arrival. Overall, the costs they assessed did cover what they said it would. I was unaware of some of the processing fees, outside of their advertised price. Upon further inspection, they were provided (in a smaller sub-text). Regardless, the trip was affordable. I am grateful for the opportunity and look forward to more trips with them in the future!

Yes, I recommend this program


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