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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the world's leading volunteer travel organization, providing affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs in over 30 different...
International Volunteer HQ has a wide range of volunteering opportunities available in working with children placements, sports programs, environmental placements, Carnaval...
Volunteers are needed NOW through International Volunteer HQ's partner organization in Ghana! A wide range of volunteering placements are available in order for participants...
Volunteers on the Marine Conservation project have the opportunity to join a variety of conservation efforts focused on the protection of the marine ecosystem in Madagascar...
International Volunteer HQ Reviews
Ghana. You Gotta Go!
Submitted by Emily Harvey - Maryland | January 19, 2017
Last November I left the US for the first time to pursue a lifelong dream of exploring global orphan care. After researching different organizations, I decided to partner with IVHQ to volunteer at a local orphanage in Ghana. It was one of the best decisions I've made and certainly two of the most fulfilling weeks of my life.
I was expecting to fall in love with the kids-which I did, but I wasn't expecting to fall in love with the Ghanian culture and people-which I also did. I learned so many valuable life lessons that I wouldn't have been able to learn in other countries, and certainly not in any textbooks. The things you think you need to survive...you don't. And that's a liberating and humbling realization to make.
It wouldn't be a thorough review of my time in Ghana without giving a special shoutout to my good friend Evans, one of IVHQs staff. He was one of the highlights during my stay. He has a gift for making people feel like they're part of a family. With Evans around, there was never a time I didn't feel safe and hardly a time I felt like a foreigner. He was the first to show me around and always kept us laughing. It wouldn't have been the same without him and I'm sure if you choose to visit Ghana, you'll say the same! He's the man.
So if you're looking for an affordable way to get involved globally and want to make unforgettable memories, contact IVHQ today! I have absolutely no regrets in choosing them, and I'm confident that you won't either!
Volunteering at Potters Village
Submitted by Miriam - Modiin | January 18, 2017
I had such an amazing time in Ghana, I traveled alone but was quick to find new friends. After landing, I met the other volunteers and Evans, our supervisor, who made sure to teach us the basics of the language, about the culture and was there every step of the way.
The volunteer house was such a unique experience. Living in such close proximity to everyone makes such a strong bond between fellow volunteers. I miss them all so much, but now have such amazing friends from all over the world.
Going to Cape Coast with all of the volunteers was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. I went the volunteers from all of the different programs. Evans planned the trip and made sure that everyone was accounted for and taken care of. For example, after we had our rooms cleaned that night, I realized that my malaria pills were missing. Evans spent the night and morning looking for them, and in the end, found where the cleaners had misplaced them.
Working at Potters Village, the orphanage there, was eye opening. The kids there are so friendly and outgoing, they treat you like family and I quickly felt like I was at home.
Even though the environment is warm and loving, I got a better understanding of what the orphanage lacks. Medical knowledge and treatment is limited, the kids were always getting sick, and traveling with one of the kids to the hospital took two hours. Helping the future of Potters Village is very important to me, and I plan to continue volunteering and donating to the wonderful children and adults that live there.
Program: Volunteer in Childcare in Ghana
Submitted by Richard Cross - Universidad de Chile and Northumbra University | January 18, 2017
As I landed on Palawan island in South Western Philippines I was welcomed by my co-ordinator and now very good friend Miko, a cheerful Filipino who was around the same age as some of the volunteers. He drove me and a few new friends to Tigman Village, our home for the next 3 weeks. Immediately we were welcomed by the other volunteers who took us straight to a nearby lagoon to get to know each other. Our first week was the cultural week in which we would learn about the island of Palawan, this included traditional food, language class, a trip to the waterfalls and a visit to a sand bank.
Friday was the first day to be introduced to our students, my kids were absolute angels (most of the time), they made it easy to come to school in the morning. Me and my co- teacher were pretty much allowed to teach whatever we wanted and chose subjects we were passionate about; the kids instantly gain an interest due to how excited you are in talking about things you love.
On the weekends I always found myself doing something cool whether it was on waterfall hikes, heading to underground rivers or island hopping up North, these trips are really the best time to get to know some of the best people you will ever meet from all over the world and will become long term friends due to the amazing experience you’re sharing together. Actually as I write this reflection some weeks after my project I am sitting next to a friend I made on the project who has come to visit me from California, so that goes to show the relationships you can build from volunteering abroad. I now truly understand the benefit of going abroad with a purpose to work and help rather than being just a regular tourist for once, you get to experience an entirely different country from an entirely unique perspective.
Submitted by Taylor Rusnak - Destin | January 18, 2017
In November 2016 I went to Sri Lanka for three weeks through IVHQ where I was working with Green Lion during my three weeks. Before leaving my home country, IVHQ was very helpful in answering any and all of my questions, making me very prepared for my trip. While in Sri Lanka, Green Lion was very helpful in making sure I was in the volunteer placement I most wanted to be at (there is much flexibility and you're able to change week to week). I worked with disabled children which was such a heart warming experience. I also worked with an overworked elephant named Mali! I throughly enjoyed to volunteer placements that I chose. It was also easy to plan trips on the weekends since the coordinators were extremely helpful in figuring out transportation and accommodations. The housing is good but of course it's nothing like home; thin mattresses, cold showers with infrequent water supply. But the food is FANTASTIC and the people you meet there are even better. I'm so glad I chose this country the only thing I regret is not staying longer.
So much more than I thought it would be
Submitted by Jill - Catholic University of Leuven | January 17, 2017
During my trip to Brazil, I did 2 different projects in 2 different cities with 2 different organisations. One was extremely professional and the other one was the opposite. IVHQ is the professional one. From the first moment on everything was clear and good explained. Personally, I really like the profile you have on their website, here you have a good overview of everything you need to do before you leave, this makes your departure less stressful. The local project, JIVE brasil, where IVHQ works with is amazing. The JIVE house really feels like home. It is located in a nice and lively neighbourhood and the housekeeper is so lovely. The place where I taught english is run by Cleide, a 60 year old lady who takes care of the children. Even without seeing the extreme situations that these children face, you get a better image about their life and how hard it can be. I have never been more out of my comfort zone than here in Brazil, but I’m so happy I did it.