International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

IVHQ provides the world's most affordable and trusted volunteer abroad programs in 40+ destinations. Discover why we're the world's most trusted volunteer travel company...

Since 2007, IVHQ has supported over 90,000 people to volunteer abroad affordably in over 40 destinations across Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe the Caribbean, and the Pacific.

As an IVHQ volunteer, you can choose to support a wide range of projects, including Teaching, Childcare, Medical, Turtle Conservation, Community Development, Construction and Renovation, and Wildlife Conservation.

IVHQ is the world's most trusted and affordable volunteer abroad organization, offering the largest range of safe and impactful volunteer programs in destinations like Bali, Costa Rica, Kenya, Greece, Spain, India, Guatemala, South Africa and Fiji.

Whether you're planning a volunteer vacation, gap year, or taking a career break, IVHQ's volunteer programs are available year-round and you can choose a date and duration to fit your schedule.

 

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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) Reviews

Life-changing experience!!

Wow, where to start....
There really isn’t anything negative that I can say about my experience with ivhq. From the Pre-departure help from the team to the organisations they partner with in the country to deliver the programs, it was all brilliant.

I had a tonne of questions when I first started looking at volunteering and even after dozens of emails, the staff were still happy to answer all of my questions, even some of the more stupid ones! I volunteered in both Zambia and Madagascar, Africa, and the experience is one that I’ll never forget.

The main reason I initially chose to volunteer through ivhq was because of how transparent they are with where the fees are distributed that I, as a volunteer pay for. I think it’s great that they’ve chosen to work with a range of companies that are mostly established and run by locals in the country, also supporting the local economy as well as sending volunteers to help in other areas.

10/10 I would recommend ivhq for anyone looking to volunteer as I will definitely volunteer through them again in the near future!!

By: Fallon Roocke
Nationality: Australian
Age: 23

One of the best experiences of my life!

I volunteered at the Dreams to Reality childcare program in Muizenberg, South Africa. The experience was absolutely amazing and I would do it again in a heartbeat! The other volunteers were so friendly, the kids at the daycare were full of so much love, and the staff did everything they could to make me feel right at home. IVHQ made it easy and affordable for me to find this amazing volunteer placement. The website was easy to navigate and the application process goes quickly. I’m so grateful and will definitely use IVHQ again!

By: Jeannie
Nationality: American
Age: 19

First time away on my own

I sat on the long flight from England to Bali, with all kinds of feelings and emotions flooding through my body, excitement, nervousness, independent....this was my first Saturday off in 5 months. I was so overworked and this was the experience I had been longing for. A holiday with a perpous, I was about to visit the country I had always wanted to visit, the beautiful Bali.
When I arrived the taxi man that IVHQ had organised was awaiting my arrival to take me to the volunteer house. This was the first person I had encountered for 36 hours, polite and friendly he took me to the volunteer house. As I arrived I slipped off my pumps as I had previously read on the IVHQ website and met one of the workers. He showed me aroundthe house and introduced me to my room mates. After chatting with them for a while, exchanging information on where we were from and which of the programmes we had enrolled onto, I was then invited to a local celebration where the workers dressed me in the traditional celebration clothing and made sure I was well informed of the experience I was about to encounter. We walked to the temple and we were greeted with a beautiful traditional Balinese dance performance and some rice snacks. We were blessed with holy water and rice was placed onto the centre of our foreheads. This was the experience I was craving. There was a beautiful array of food, flowers and offerings which were presented to the gods. What are they celebrating I asked, metal, they are thanking God for metal..... so simple and I soon learnt that I had not been thankful or greatful for the things that came so easy to me, something that I now regularly practice gratitude.
The introduction week was a enjoyable time in which I got to experience the culture from locals who work at the house. We embarked on language lessons, flower arranging classes, a water temple visit, monkey forest experience, cooking classes and traditional painting class. The friends I made and the lessons that I learnt will stay with me for life.
The programme that I had enrolled on was the turtle conservation on the beautiful island of Nusa Penida, the beautiful sea turtles in the conservation seemed very happy and healthy, as a vegan and a animal lover I was worried about the happiness and wellfair of the hawksbill sea turtles, but as soon as I started work I soon fell in love with the conservation and the work the workers do there. I even got to experience a turtle release as two of the turtles were big and strong enough to have more of a chance of survival in the ocean. The turtles were placed on the sand and they were both blessed as well as the ocean. This made me emotional as I realised while this is a volunteer experience for me, this is more than an experience for the workers these turtles are truly cared for and loved.

By: Sarah Chapman
Nationality: White British
Age: 28

1 month in Bali

If you’re considering volunteering through IVHQ I 100% recommend it. I didn’t realize just 4 weeks in Bali would change my life so much. When they say you find yourself when you travel that cliche moment really happens. My Bali trip through IVHQ was such a fulfilling and eye opening experience. It was a great way to travel solo but also meet new people and not be completely alone. And honestly everyone was so NICE. Four weeks filled of excitement, joy, laughter, and unexpected, incredible moments.

By: Kelsie
Nationality: USA
Age: 20

Lovely Madagascar

My time in Madagascar was life changing, doing volunteer work on and around the exotic islands of Madagascar was Amazing. The island Outreach Program involves a tour of different exotic islands around Madagascar while assisting in volunteer tasks. It covers abit of teaching, some construction, marine conservation, forest conservation and community development. A key focus of the trip is scientific research through forest walks and snorkel surveys to identify changes in habitats and species populations. Its overall Awesome!!!

By: Datoru Eric Kalio
Nationality: Nigerian
Age: 33

My time in Morocco

I recently graduated highschool and I knew I wanted to get out and explore the world. I looked through a bunch of different volunteer organizations but IVHQ caught my eye. It seemed like a fun, easy, safe, and affordable way to help people and see new things. I volunteered in Morocco for a month, where I taught English to students between the ages of 8-25. It was a great experience and it was so rewarding to help the students.
Being out of your comfort zone and in a different area and culture than you’re used to is never a perfect experience, there will be ups and downs, but as long as you’re prepared for them you’ll have an amazing time. The challenges are what make it an experience. If you’re looking for a great way to travel and help people, IVHQ is the way to go.

By: Makenna Boring
Nationality: USA
Age: 18

Tanzania!!! 16 weeks eduction program

Hello!! If you’re anything like me and are deciding where to go you love to read reviews about the companies and the places you want to go. I probably read 30 reviews or more on IVHQ because it seemed to good to be true. I’ll start by saying that IVHQ partners with local programs in each place that they offer volunteer. And with IVHQ you will get nothing but the outmost profesionalism, respect, and understanding. They will take your concerns sirously and always answer promptly to anything you have concerns with. Now, I have lives in Arusha Tanzania for 12 weeks at this point and have loved the school I volunteer, the local friends I’ve met, and the culture. It is a very welcoming place. The only aspect about it that I feel I must tell prospective volunteers about is in regards to the patrtnership that IVHQ has here called TVE (Tanzania Volunteer Experience), the vast majority of the staff is very friendly and nice. The only problem comes when you have concerns that it might take them a while to get back to you. Also, the accommodations are very simple. However, if the concerns or anything is not being handled properly by TVE contacting IVHQ will definitely get the problem resolved. Overall, I do recommend coming here. And coming here for as long as possible. It will change our outlook on life and Tanzania will hold a very special place in your heart!

By: Maria Morales
Nationality: United States
Age: 24

Best Decision Ever!

If you are new to solo travel and are nervous about being on your own then volunteering is a great way to ease yourself into the travel lifestyle. IVHQ are great as they provide so many volunteering options!

I decided to go to Fiji and teach kindergarten for 12 weeks. The information manuals provided by IVHQ prior to going was very helpful. Wherever your destination is, I would say it is important to go with an open mind and be ready to get fully involved in the local cultures and traditions.

I would definitely do another IVHQ programme in the future and recommend it to everyone. I feel much more confident about travelling by myself.

By: Beth
Nationality: British
Age: 26

My Kenya Trip

I travelled to Kenya, Africa this summer (2018) and it was absolutely amazing. The people I met will be in my life forever as their impact on me was immeasurable. I volunteered for the women's education program where I worked at a women center about an hour south of Nairobi. I strongly recommend doing this program if you choose to volunteer in Kenya. The women are the most amazing, strong and brave people you will ever meet. I educated them on health, nutrition, finances, business 101 and ways to create a sustainable income.

My house mom was the absolute sweetest and I miss her terribly. My experience opened my eyes in regards to what career field I want to enter upon my graduate studies. It changed my perspective on what really matters in our world and reminded me to to be grateful for everything that is given to me.

By: Casey Murphy
Nationality: American
Age: 21

Fantastic company

Have loved organising volunteer trips with ivhq - was so impressed with my first experience in Cambodia that I did a second, longer trip to Bali with them too. Both experiences were so different as they work with local organisations but both amazing!

100% recommend if you're considerifg any type of volunteer travel.

By: Eleanor
Nationality: Australia
Age: 24

Pretty great

I applied to do a week of volunteering with IVHQ but when I arrived in Peru I was a bit confused as I was placed with their partner local company Maximo Nivel. I volunteered in a clinic and the nurses did not seem too fond of us at first and were not very nice. They eventually warmed up and it was a good experience but the first day sort of sucked. Other than that, it was a great trip and Maximo were so helpful in showing me around, helping me book trips, and making sure I was taken care of. They even helped me figure out where to find a doctor when I got sick. I’d totally recommend and hope I can do it again some day!

By: Isabella
Nationality: USA
Age: 23

Volunteering on the tropical island of Nosy Komba, Madagascar

Getting off the boat and setting foot on Nosy Komba for the first time, I could definitely feel that I was so happy with the decision I made! The place was truly unbelievably beautiful! The volunteer camp is well run by a group of enthusiastic staff which is a combination of local and non local staff which helps tremendously in getting around and relations with the locals. I know this might sound cliche but the 2.5 months I spent in Nosy Komba have been the best 2.5months of my life!

By: Alex
Nationality: South African
Age: 24

Let IVHQ Make Your Dreams Come True, They Are The Best Option

Amazing volunteer organization. Your program fee will be well utilized and you'll be shocked of how cheap it is. IVHQ is not an organization that thinks about profit making. It thinks about how you can travel meaningfully and live a fulfilling life. I am ready to represent and stand any day and any time for IVHQ, because wisdom teaches us to always identify ourselves with good. #ivhq# ivhqambassador #travelmeaningfully #travelnowwithivhq #bestexperiencesever

By: Comfort
Nationality: Nigeria
Age: 18

Fiji

Last fall I went to Fiji for 3 months and I can say without a doubt that it’s the best thing I have ever done. I was hesitant about traveling by myself but I made so many friends who I know will be my friends for life. The people of Fiji are incredible. They were all so kind and welcoming and the kids were adorable. Everything through IVHQ and Green Lion was amazing and the whole program was fun very smoothly. I went on tons of great trips on the weekend and built relationships that I will never forget. It’s been almost a year since I returned home and I’m still in touch with all the other volunteers as well as many of the kids from the villages I taught in. I have another trip planned through IVHQ so I’m off to Kenya in August. I would definitely recommend IVHQ to anyone and if you’re looking for a great place to go Fiji is the best you’ll find!

By: Kylie
Nationality: USA
Age: 20

The trip that is going to change your life!

I did my first volunteering abroad experience last year on April 2017 for 3 weeks in Cambodia. If you think this is not going to change your life, you're totally wrong. These experiences are going to change you forever!!!

I was based in Phnom Penh where I volunteered at the Restaurant Des les Enfants which provide 2 daily meals, basic hygiene and medical care to the children who live on the street or the ones who come from very poor families. When I've applied for this I thought I was going to change someone's life but instead, these children changed mine and they will never know how much.

I decided to go with IVHQ because was my first time volunteering and after an exhausted research I went with them. I must say I loved the volunteering and the place where I was based but I was a bit disappointed with the volunteering house because it wasn't that clean and the last week they weren't prepared for so many volunteers and the food it wasn't enough for all of us. They did 3 fishes to share between 10 people and I had to buy my own food because I need to eat.

Overall was an unforgettable experience, but next time I will arrange everything by myself and contact directly the organization in the country.

By: Claudia
Nationality: Reino Unido
Age: 30

Amazing! Definitely recommend!!

I had the most fantastic time in Fiji thanks to ivhq! The local team at the green lion that ivhq sent us to were amazing and the whole experience was unforgettable!!
I went for one week in the kindergarten project and a week was no where near long enough I could have easily stayed longer. I had many opportunities to interact with kids from the local village and could see and feel the difference you made. The community feel with the Village, local staff and the volunteers was great I could not recommend the Fiji project through ivhq high enough!! Absolutely worth it and so rewarding!!

By: Alice
Nationality: Australian
Age: 25

Bali Ubud

I spent 4 weeks volunteering through IVHQ in Bali, 3 of those weeks I was in Ubud doing the construction and renovation project, I really enjoyed construction as I could actually see the progress being made each day, I just wish I could follow the development of the kindergarten we were building as it would be nice to see the finished project, my final week I spent on Nusa Penida doing turtle conservation. I found this project to be way too busy as they were making new activities for us to do unrelated to turtles but still quite enjoyable, the staff at the house on Nusa Penida were particularly helpful and made a huge effort to make sure everyone was happy. Overall I really enjoyed volunteering, it was my first time travelling in this way but I’ll definitely be trying out more programs in different locations. We had every weekend free and time in the day either side of our projects to travel elsewhere so I actually got to see a great deal of Bali whilst I was on the project :)

By: Caitlin
Nationality: British
Age: 22

IVHQ

Had the most amazing time volunteering with IVHQ! I did two weeks on the turtle conservation in Ubud and it was incredible! The local coordinators and staff are so helpful and kind, they were great with whatever we needed!

I would recommended doing this to anyone who wants to learn about a culture, make great friends and experience the opportunity of a lifetime!

By: Melissa
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 25

Affordable, Flexible, Quality

Recently I completed 4 weeks in the IVHQ Bali Ubud program teaching Kindergarten and doing school renovation. The staff at the Green Lion NGO exceeded my expectations. They were kind, helpful, and always looking to make sure we had the best trip possible. The accommodations and food were excellent. In my opinion, the fees for this trip are a small price to pay in comparison to the quality of everything provided for you. My favorite thing about the IVHQ Bali program is that there is just enough structure and freedom offered to you that you feel both safe and taken care of as well as adventurous and on-your-own.

By: Lindsey
Nationality: USA
Age: 21

Very well organized and great experience

I went to South Africa with IVHQ and the trip was very well organized. From the information I received before the trip all the way through to the people we worked with in the country. They made sure that all of the volunteers were comfortable and having a great time. The service that we did was very meaningful and I got to meet many amazing people through it. It team in South Africa also helped us in exploring and planning outside activities which was amazing! 10/10 I would recommend!

By: JD
Nationality: American
Age: 22

Amazing Experiences

IVHQ provides the amazing opportunity for individuals to create meaning individually, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and most importantly: collectively. I had a opportunity to do this with their program in South Africa. It was absolutely amazing! I was able to help out with a school in regards with running and helping run physical education classes. IVHQ gives so much flexibility with your program, and it enables you to also explore the world on your free time. I have made so many life-long friends, I have gained so much world intellect, I have experienced so many amazing things, I have made so many gracious memories, and most importantly, I feel accomplished. If I were to do it exactly the same again, I would not change a single thing.

By: Jerome R
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 18

Volunteering in South Africa with IVHQ <3

I spent 6 weeks in Cape Town, South Africa and the only thing I can say is that it was a completely different and amazing experience. I learned so much from the children even though I was the "teacher" since I was in the teaching program. I did so much while I was there, I felt like I was helping and at the same time I was traveling and getting to know some amazing people. Plus IVHQ was always there to help out with any problems and the organization was also great.

By: Ale
Nationality: Mexican
Age: 23

IVHQ INDIA, LAOS AND CAMBODIA

I went to volunteer over to India, Laos and Cambodia with IVHQ and it was the most incredible experience of my life! The program was absolutely amazing and everything is organised for you! The projects I did were all so rewarding and exactly what I’d hoped for. The staff were all so lovely and reliable too, they took us sightseeing and let us have our own freedom! I will definitely be choosing another IVHQ destination soon!

By: Sam Shrayer
Nationality: Australian
Age: 19

IVHQ is best decision you’ll ever make!

I’ve always had a love of travelling to new places and immersing myself in different cultures, and being able to do all that whilst volunteering has led to the most life-changing and impactful experiences of my life.

I’ve travelled to Peru, South Africa and Uganda with IVHQ and have had a unique and special experience with each. I’ve made life-long friends and created so many memories I’ll cherish forever.

With IVHQ, you are given so many opportunities to help those less fortunate, whilst also having plenty of time to do touristy activities and explore the country.

IVHQ is incredible affordable and I’ve never felt so safe when travelling alone as they pick you up from the airport and are always there for your every need. I cannot wait to continue volunteering with them!

By: Hayley
Nationality: Australian
Age: 21

IVHQ makes volunteering a breeze!

I volunteered with IVHQ 3 years ago in a medical placement in Arusha, Tanzania. Overall, I had a very positive experience. Everything was so well organized, everything felt very safe and most people tried to go above and beyond to help us organize extra excursions and things. I would recommend the program to others!

By: Tiffany
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 28

Teaching English in Costa Rica

I had an amazing time in Costa Rica!! I met wonderful people and saw incredible places. I would reccomend volunteering with IVHQ to anyone!

By: Whitnie
Nationality: American
Age: 22

4 Weeks in India

If you're considering volunteering then I'd 100% recommend going with IVHQ. I spent four weeks volunteering on a Slum Teaching Programme in Delhi, India and had the best experience. Both before I went and when I arrived the IVHQ staff were attentive to any queries that I had and I felt that my safety was paramount when I arrived. I spent a week doing orientation where I learnt about the local customs, learnt some of language, did some sightseeing and eased myself into the culture. I'd highly recommend adding the week of orientation on as it was nice to learn about the country and also was a good chance to make friends with other volunteers.
The volunteering itself was very, very rewarding. I spent my time in a school called Morning Star in the middle of a slum on the outskirts of Delhi and taught a class of around 10 children English and Mathematics. Without volunteers, the children wouldn't have much of an education as there was only one Indian teacher there full time for the whole of the school. The children were eager to learn and it was amazing to see their progress even though I was only there for a few weeks.
The accommodation and food that IVHQ supplied was more than adequate and after shopping around I can safely say that they are one of the most affordable companies to go and volunteer with. I fully recommend them and the slum teaching project in Delhi!

By: Hannah Lewis
Nationality: British
Age: 22

IVHQ Tanzania

I volunteered this March (2018) in Arusha-Tanzania in a Medical Project. IVQH really took good care of me from the start up until when I left. I never felt like I was in danger even though it was my first time in Africa. As for the placement I was in, I felt like I didn't make much of a difference as there was little you can do us a nurse. I think also the fact that I wasn't there that long made it very difficult to see any impact of what you do. The medical project is more suitable for students or those thinking of going into a career in healthcare. I think next time I'll aim to do volunteering with animal conservation or with HIV victims.

By: Andrea Rondal
Nationality: British
Age: 30

Childcare at Mexico

Great experince, but i got some problems because I don’t speak spanish.

Also about the childcare program, i couldn’t communicate with them because their English is not good, and my Spanish is ZERO.
As well as their ages, i thought that they will be younger, I got ages from 14 to 19 , which could be considerd as adults.

I will try again to another distination with other program such as teaching

By: Mohammad Aldossary
Nationality: Saudi Arabia
Age: 22

Unforgettable experience!

I really enjoyed dealing with IVHQ for my first volunteer experience in Merida, Mexico! All information was provided in a easy to understand manner, leading up to the trip we knew exactly what we needed to do and the volunteer experience itself was also amazing!! I would 100% reccomend to friends and family.

By: Kayla
Nationality: New Zealand
Age: 24

6 weeks in Kerala, India

My volunteer program was in Fort Cochin, Kerala, and it started on the 5th of March2018, finishing on the 13th of April. Since this was about to be my first time in India, I choseto go in the south instead of the north, mostly because it is known that Kerala is a morerelaxed area than, for example, New Delhi. However, once I got there, the heat hit me morethan I expected. I would encourage all future volunteers not to let this fact interfere too muchwith their daily activities – personally, I got used to that level of heat shortly after my arrival.
The project itself was a delight. In the morning class I worked with a group of around9 women whose English was basic, but they understood most of the things discussed in thereand questioned everything they didn’t. While the other volunteers focused on developingtheir English, I tried to come with some new stuff to talk about (which I thought would beuseful both for their personal and professional lives), such as “Human Rights”, “Powerfulwomen in India and in the world”, or “How to give directions”. The time that the women andI spent together is priceless and I am happy that I had the privilege to work with them. In theafternoon class, the other volunteer (who was also my roommate) and I decided to split thewomen in 2 groups, based on their English level. Therefore, I worked with 2 women whoseprogress was incredible. They didn’t speak any English at all when they first arrived. After 6weeks of classes, they were very good at introducing themselves, they knew the continentsand countries, the punctuation, nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, synonyms, antonyms, andhow to ask simple questions. The connection created between us made me not want to leaveFort Cochin. The last day was heartbroken, mostly because all of us (the women in themorning class, the ones in the afternoon and myself) got so used to each other in a very goodway and wanted to keep spending quality time together.
To conclude, my time in India was extremely productive and memorable. If you areinterested in sharing your skills and time with a developing community, then I wouldrecommend you start volunteering. The most popular and well-organized projects in Fort Cochin are those in Women’s Empowerment and Teaching.

By: Gabriela Mandrescu
Nationality: Romanian
Age: 23

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