International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

IVHQ provides affordable, safe and responsible volunteer abroad programs. Discover why we're the world's most trusted volunteer travel company...

Each year International Volunteer HQ place thousands of people into programs abroad and have a wide range of volunteer travel opportunities in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru - Cusco, Peru - Lima, Mexico, Thailand, Bali, Madagascar, Victoria Falls, Sri Lanka and China.

Whether you are travelling abroad, taking a gap year, wanting to experience a volunteer holiday or simply wishing to provide assistance in a developing country through volunteer travel, International Volunteer HQ has the program for you.

IVHQ assists developing countries by providing volunteers to work in a variety of jobs such as teaching, medical work, HIV/Aids awareness, women empowerment, sports education, construction work, conservation work, wildlife conservation, surf and swim school, agricultural work and orphanage assistance.

Volunteers can choose to work on projects for various periods of time ranging anywhere from one week to six months. Our partner organizations in these countries will place you in institutions which align your interests and strengths with projects where there is a REAL NEED for help and assistance.

With program fees starting from USD$180, you WILL NOT find a more affordable, high quality and trustworthy international volunteer organization.

Duration / Dates

Variety of start dates depending on the country you choose to volunteer in! Volunteer from one week to six months!

Costs / Pay

Program fees start for USD180!

Contact Info

Tel: +6467587949

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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) Reviews

In Love with IVHQ Travels

I have done multiple trips with IVHQ (India, Sri Lanka, Laos, Morocco, and South Africa) and each of them have been different, crazy, exciting, eye opening, fun and leave me wanting more when it's time to go home.

I absolutely recommend this as a route for those looking for an affordable way to volunteer and see the world, especially if you want to travel solo but also not be alone all the time!

I've made amazing friends through these travels, and I have been able to see the world in a different way by being able to work with locals and learn more about their communities - and hopefully help too!

I have found that most of the time the programs offered are what you make of it, so be sure to come with some ideas and don't be afraid to jump in with the kids and locals.

Enjoy your trip!

By: Caroline
Nationality: USA
Age: 22

Time of my life in South Africa

I had no idea how much my life would change in such a short period of time with IVHQ.
My two week trip to South Africa, in summary, was the most amazing, eye opening, and fulfilling trip of my life.
I had never seen children so happy with so little, and the joy they brought to my life is priceless.
The most beautiful country, the BEST people, and the most amazing experiences were found in Cape Town, South Africa and I highly recommend to anyone looking to do a good deed.
I know I'll be back.

By: Mark
Nationality: Australia
Age: 19

The BEST Volunteer Abroad Organization!

If you are considering volunteering abroad, you simply MUST choose IVHQ. Not only are they the most affordable by a long-shot (trust me, I've done the research and can never find a cheaper program), but they are a high-quality, supportive, and community-focused organization. They are truly invested in the communities where volunteers are placed and want to help better those communities. I've done three programs so far with IVHQ (Guatemala, Bali - Ubud, and Morocco) and each has been different but equally rewarding and beneficial to the community. I highly recommend IVHQ!

By: Allison
Nationality: USA
Age: 25


I recently spent a month in Ghana and loved it. I was apart of the childcare program and to anyone who is on the fence about it! Everyone was so friendly and the food was amazing. We had the opportunity of actually living in the community, which made the experience more authentic. We took bokiti(bucket) showers with water we fetched from the well and carried on our heads, hand washed all our clothes, and had the opportunity to even teach some classes. You also get nights and weekends free so you can travel and meet people. The day after I got back I started fundraising for my next trip! Thank you IVHQ!

By: Ryan
Nationality: American
Age: 21

The best experience of my life

I spent 6 weeks in Ghana this summer and it was by far the most rewarding experience of my life. I was in the childcare programme, which involved loads of activities with the kids, playing, bathing, and teaching them sometimes.
The local stuff it is very loving and caring, and I truly left like was part of a family. The food was delicious and in abundance. There was always way more food than we could eat.
The accommodation was very nice and clean. We had flushing toilets and a shower, which was more than I expected.
I arrived in Ghana knowing no one, and after 6 weeks I can say that I have a family there.
I cannot wait to go back next summer and to see the children again.
I would recommend IVHQ to anyone who is ready to step out of their comfort zone.

By: Andreea
Nationality: Romanian
Age: 21

Peru Adventure of a lifetime

I volunteered in Cusco Peru for 4 weeks doing construction. I wanted to do somthing physically challanging and thats exactly what I got. Volunteering with IVHQ was the best decision I ever made. My host family that I was placed with were amazing. I lived with 6 other volunteers all doing different projects in through IVHQ. Dinner times we great and my Spanish level went from knowing two words to a basic level that could get me by day to day. The people you meet through this program are great. You develope such a strong bond and friendship with them. It's been over a year since my volunteer program and still to this day we all keep in touch. If you are looking for a rewarding volunteer program filled with adventure, laughter and lifelong friendship IVHQ will give you all that and more.

By: Leontin Pawape
Nationality: Australian
Age: 22

12 weeks in Bali

I just graduated from high school and wanted to take a break before going to college. I found out about IVHQ volunteering program and fell in love with the Bali project. I've done 12 weeks already and I couldn't be more in love with Bali, the people here are so kind and happy. One of the most amazing and life changing experiences I've had.

By: Valeria
Nationality: Mexican
Age: 20

If you are thinking about volunteering abroad don't hesitate to apply with IVHQ

I went to volunteer in Tanzania with International Volunteer HQ and would 100% recommend to others to apply. How did I end up going to Tanzania? I have always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro and I wanted to mix the experience with giving back so I started researching volunteer programs there.

IVHQ easily stood out when I was searching for teaching programs as all of their social media accounts have lots of photos, videos and reviews from previous volunteers. They have very reasonable priced program and the team in their office also very patiently answered lots of phone calls and emails where I bombarded them with loads of questions.

The fee I paid included accommodation, food, certain in-country transportation, 24-hour support, amazing local staff that's always happy to help, and an orientation to get to know all the other volunteers and learn more about the project/country. My trip to Tanzania with IVHQ is hands-down one of the most amazing trips I have ever done and the other volunteers are now some of my best friends.

By: Dani
Nationality: United States
Age: 24

Musungu in Zambia

If you are considering going to an IVHQ volunteering I would 100% recommend it. It over past all my expectations, clearly you have to have an open mind and willingness to help but seeing the smiles of the children will make it easy. When I was just about to decide which program to choose, I was very nervous because I really wanted to be a teacher but I had no experience at all so I was wondering how much help I could give the children. Thanks to IVHQ they helped me see the potential that each one has by putting effort. I have been in Zambia for four months now and with the help of donations I not only teach in the morning, but I am also building a school for the children I have been teaching.

By: Mariana Padilla
Nationality: Mexican
Age: 19

Life Changing Experience

I spent a month volunteering in Kenya this summer and I had the best time of my life. IVHQ is a great organization. It was my first time traveling solo and I loved the experience. I did the childcare program and I worked in orphanages. The people in Kenya are amazing and the kids are lovely. Everyone over there is really nice and they always want to help. Going there was definitely the best decision i’ve made in my life so far and I will always be grateful for everyone I met during this trip and every thing that happened. I highly recommend IVHQ as well as the volunteering programs in Kenya if you are looking for a life changing and amazing experience.
Enjoy xx

By: Emie Boudreau
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 18

IVHQ Trip to Guatemala

I was in Guatemala for 2 weeks as part of the animal program and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

I did thorough research and spoke to many previous volunteers before I chose to volunteer with IVHQ and I do not regret it.

Not only are they the most affordable and organized but they have great local connections within the community that you are immediately connected with. This enriches your cultural experience making you feel safe and appreciated.

You will love volunteering with IVHQ!!

By: Laura
Nationality: Canada
Age: 28

Would I recommend IVHQ? Yes!

As it was my first time volunteering abroad I did a lot of research and decided to apply for two IVHQ programs in Nepal. The first was a construction & renovation project and the second a childcare and teaching placement. I spent 2 months in Nepal and IVHQ were fantastic. They are one of the most affordable volunteer organisations I came across especially when you see what you get for your money.

You can choose from so many different destinations IVHQ offer and they make the application process as easy as possible. They answered all my enquiries within 24 hours and helped me to get prepared before departing to Nepal. Included in the program was airport collection, homestay accommodation, an orientation at the start to introduce gently into the culture and lifestyle of Nepal (which included meals, drinks we had to pay for) in addition to a couple of language lessons which were brilliant. Once the orientation is over you will then go and stay with a host-family! I would not have been able to do all this alone so using IVHQ really did help settle my initial nerves.

I was able to meet similar like-minded people so is a great way to meet new friends from all over the world. DON’T FORGET – The first week is the orientation you get so remember that when selecting how many weeks you intend to volunteer, if you select 2 you will only essentially have 1! During my stay I had support and help whenever requested and I was also able to book lots of extra sightseeing activities like a safari in the Chitwan National Park and Paragliding. Not only do they help with this you can go on the on dates that suit you.

IVHQ made it easy for me to focus on volunteering as they arranged all the logistics and provided any additional help if I needed it. You get a quality service without the ridiculous price tag and is ideal for people starting off. You do see some negative reviews about IVHQ programs and having spoken to a few of the intake I was amongst I can see why, it is only down to how the program they were placed on in the country was run. I would ask IVHQ to reach out to these programs and send people there to get it back on track.

Next time I would volunteer by going directly to in-country organisations and organising parts of the trip myself. Though if like me it is your first-time volunteering in a country like Nepal I would recommend going with IVHQ. I felt lucky with both my programs and really did feel like I made a difference. IVHQ have made my first volunteering experience a great one and I would now feel comfortable going to a country and organising all this myself without having a company to do this for me.

Please check out my Instagram for pictures from Nepal: @welchml_ or my blog posts at:

By: Liam Welch
Nationality: British
Age: 23

Four Weeks of Turtle Conservation in Bali

Don't hesitate to pick IVHQ as your organization of choice, I spent five weeks in Bali helping with Turtle Conservation and they treated me like family. Come with an open mind, there's so much to see and do on Nusa Penida, the Island where the centre is, and in Bali that you don't want to miss. The coordinators and staff members are very accomadating and with the beach a minute away it's hard to be unrelaxed. I'd volunteer again with them in the future and I highly recommend this organization to anyone looking into the subject.

By: Kyra
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 20

First time volunteering, awesome experience!

It all started in 2015. I had one semester left before graduating in may 2016. My student life was about to end and I knew I had a great opportunity to travel. I had time, no responsabilities and nothing stopping me from leaving. And that's when I started looking around at different volunteer programs. Found IVHQ, liked all the choices they had and the prices we're better than other organizations. Then I narrowed down my search criterias. Wanted to go to Africa and do construction work. Both Ghana and Madagascar offered the program, and I signed up for both.

Spent 4 weeks in Ghana before flying directly to Madagascar. I won't detail my experience that much, but more than a year later, I still think about my trip. I met incredible people from all around the world, made friends, worked with locals, learned their customs and lived like they did. I wasn't there for the comfort or the good life, I was there to help and be sensitized.

When I came back, I was hoping the experience would've changed me a bit, made me a better person. At first, I couldn't see the change, but now, I do. It did changed me, I grew from my adventure and that alone makes it worth it.

Try it, be open-minded and appreciate every bit of your experience. Not everyone has this opportunity.

By: Jacob C.
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 24

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