Volunteer abroad with IVHQ

International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

About

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.

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Founded
2007
Headquarters

99 Devon Street
West New Plymouth 4310
New Zealand

Reviews

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Chelsea
10/10

We had the most magical time in Jamaica working with the Kindergarten program. The staff, children, and program in its entirety was incredible from start to finish. The food was amazing, the people were so kind, the excursions were breathtaking, and the other volunteers have become fast friends. We loved every exhilarating and beautiful moment of this trip.

The worst part of the program was having to leave this adventuring and heart-felt and impactful week.

We had the most magical time in Jamaica working with the Kindergarten program. The staff, children, and program in its entirety was incredible from start to finish. The food was amazing, the people were so kind, the excursions were breathtaking, and the other volunteers have become fast friends. We loved every exhilarating and beautiful moment of this trip.

The worst part of the program was having to leave this adventuring and heart-felt and impactful week.

I wish we would have known how difficult and expensive it is to mail items after leaving the program. Had we known this, we would have packed a suitcase with school supplies and left with the school upon leaving. Aside from that, I would change nothing about this incredible experience.

How can this program be improved?
I wish we would have known how difficult and expensive it is to mail items after leaving the program. Had we known this, we would have packed a suitcase with school supplies and left with the school upon leaving. Aside from that, I would change nothing about this incredible experience.
Yes, I recommend this program
Dan
10/10

I would like to start my review by describing the IVHQ program enrollment process which is very organized. After submitted my application, one of the Program Managers, Samuel, has gotten in contact with me and helped me all the way with all the questions that I had at any time, providing guidance in a very professional way. The program has interactive training that prepare the future volunteer for the experience.
After arriving in Nepal, I was welcomed by the local partner agency and I was checked in a nice and cozy hotel. We stood in the hotel during all our time of orientation where we received useful information regarding our next placement, volunteering work and other country related information. These people made us feel welcomed and a part of the local culture. Arriving in my village, where I was accommodated for 4 weeks, the host family was the first point of contact for me. They were taken full responsibility for me and my well-being. After just a couple of days, I was already feeling like a part of the family. The Nepali culture is so friendly and they are able to create long lasting relationships with the volunteer. I am truly grateful that I was a part of Jitendra Mahato's house and of his family. Regarding the volunteering work, I was part of the construction team in Chitwan, where we built a wall for a temple. Besides construction, each day I was in close relationship with the children in the village and especially the daughters of my host's family. We played, learned English together and also had a lot of fun and laugh.
The experience cannot be described in a review, I took about 700 pictures just from my volunteering work, local traditions, cuisine and relationships. I would definitely recommend Nepal as a country to visit and IVHQ as the volunteering agency to contact for doing that.

How can this program be improved?
I cannot say how to improve it besides the fact that I would have wished to extend the program more in time.
Yes, I recommend this program
Ajay
10/10

I recently signed up with IVHQ and Voluteer Corps Ghana volunteering program. I found it to be very well organized and conducted. The staff was good especially Evan's who was the program coordinator for the Frankadua Program. His passion to help the people of Frankadua was infectious. I would highly recommend this program to others as well. The entire staff of IVHQ and Volunteer corps was very cordial through out the trip. The cook was very nice and entertained us with delicious meals three times a day. This program gave me a good mix of work and free time. In the free time I was able to make connections with the locals and know more about the life in Frankadua and the challenges that community faces. Leaving Frankadua was tough. I think I came back more grateful and a person who is more willing to help others.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kierynn
8/10

This was my first oversea volunteer trip and IVHQ exceeded my expectations. The pre-trip programme is laid out with every detail in mind, it's extremely helpful. While I was there I experienced things I couldn't even dream of and at all times IVHQ provided us with support. The add-on tour at the beginning of the programme was incredibly helpful for getting to know everyone, getting acquainted with the new unfamiliar country you're in and also getting to know the member of the IVHQ team. Overall it was a very professional programme that gave you a great mix of country experience and helping the locals. I would love to see them go further with how in depth the helping aspect of the programme could be. I'm constantly recommending IVHQ to my friend and others who ask me who they should volunteer through.

How can this program be improved?
There isn't much I can fault with this programme. The location of the hostel could be in a more accessible area
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Kierynn, thanks for your review and recommending the program to future volunteers! Your insight about your time on the program is very valuable for future IVHQ volunteers. It sounds like you had an incredible experience in India and truly immersed yourself in the culture! Thanks for being a great IVHQ volunteer and we would love to have you join us again! Samantha - IVHQ Program Manager.

Yes, I recommend this program
Chris
10/10

I chose to go on this trip in order to cleanse my soul. I’ve been on trips where the focus was on my own interest so I wanted to do something for others. In return for my service I was rewarded with an experience that you wouldn’t get from any travel agent, delicious food that you would never be able to find through an online review and new found friendships I will cherish.

Outdoor work can be hard at times, from working on a rice field to digging a fish farm for a village, but the hospitality and gratitude that are shown by the people you are doing the work for is priceless. They welcome you into their homes with such love and warmth. Sure there are some aspects where you are “roughing it a bit” but I believe this itself is also part of the charm of doing a volunteer program.

If you want to experience new adventures in life and step outside of your comfort zone, I highly recommend doing a volunteer program through IVHQ as you will have a long list of memories to fondly look back on. And to have fond memories, isn’t that the reason why we choose to travel in the first place?

How can this program be improved?
Nothing to suggest, it was a well run and organized program.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Chris, thanks for your feedback! It's wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed your time on the program making memories and new friendships. The Outdoor Work project can indeed be challenging, however, it is indeed very rewarding. Thanks again for volunteering with IVHQ. Samuel - IVHQ Program Manager.

Yes, I recommend this program

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