International Volunteer HQ

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About International Volunteer HQ

Year Founded: 2007

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) provides affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs in over 30 different destinations around the world. With program fees starting from just US$180 and over 50,000 alumni, you will not find a more affordable and trustworthy volunteer travel organization. Whether you want to volunteer in Teaching, Childcare, Healthcare, Turtle Conservation, Community Development, Construction and Renovation or Wildlife Conservation, there is a life changing opportunity waiting for you with IVHQ!

You can choose to volunteer from periods ranging from 1 week to 6 months in the following destinations: Costa Rica, Italy, Fiji, Bali, Peru, India, South Africa, Thailand, Kenya, Brazil, Tanzania, Nepal, Madagascar, Argentina, Mexico, Victoria Falls, Laos, Uganda, Zambia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Mexico, Vietnam, Cambodia, Guatemala, Ecuador, China, Ghana, Colombia, Morocco, Laos and Romania.

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Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs: from USD 10 per day

-Multi-Country Locations : -Multi-Country Locations, Argentina and 27 other locations , Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe Show less

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the world's leading volunteer travel organization, providing affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs in over 30 different...

Volunteer in Surfing in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

Surfing is one of the most thrilling and exciting water sports anyone can get involved in. We have incorporated this timeless activity into a program for children to teach...

Volunteer in Childcare in Ghana

Ghana : Accra, Rural Areas

The Ghanaian orphanage program seeks to address the numerous problems that many children without proper education, health care, food, love and attention face as a result

Volunteer in School Support Programs in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

The School Support Project involves tutoring, providing educational support and instilling confidence in Ecuadorian children who have recently been enrolled (or reenrolled)...

Marine Conservation Volunteering with IVHQ in Madagascar

Madagascar : Nosy Be

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...

Volunteer in a Kindergarten in Bali

Indonesia : Bali, Ubud

The Kindergarten project supports government owned centers and those wholly supported by IVHQ's partner organization in Bali. It is for local children aged 3 to 7 years old,...

Volunteer in Childcare in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

The childcare program consists of caring for children, providing education and designing activities for the children and helping with general duties of the centre, such as...

Volunteer and Teach in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

Volunteers on the teaching project will be placed at one of our local community public schools. Volunteers will be working alongside teachers at the school, tutoring students...

Volunteer in Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : Rural Areas, San Jose

At the turtle project, volunteers assist Costa Rican biologists with their work and research at the beach. Volunteers help with studies and protection work of the sea turtles,...

Incredible Volunteering in Tanzania: Costs from USD 270

Tanzania : Arusha

International Volunteer HQ is seeking volunteers for a varying number of opportunities in Tanzania. Placements include teaching various subjects, working with Childcare,...

Volunteer and Teach in Madagascar with IVHQ

Madagascar : Nosy Be

There's great demand among the island communities on Nosy Komba and Nosy Be to learn English to enhance future job prospects and the ability to communicate with the growing...

Volunteer in Turtle Conservation in Bali

Indonesia : Bali

Join other volunteers and nature lovers in Bali with International Volunteer HQ. The Turtle Conservation project is located on the charmed island of Nusa Penida, which is...

Volunteer in Construction and Renovation in Ghana

Ghana : Accra

Based in rural Ghana, the Construction and Renovation project offers volunteers the special opportunity to work alongside local people to help improve the infrastructure

Volunteer in Childcare in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka : Kandy

With little resources and limited staff, IVHQ volunteers are in high demand to assist with childcare in both disabled centers and orphanages in Sri Lanka. Through the interactions...

Volunteer in Healthcare and Medicine in Guatemala

Guatemala : Antigua

The rural areas of Guatemala contrast sharply with those in large cities, especially with respect to medical care. Volunteers get hands on experience working in small local...

Volunteer in Construction and Renovation in Guatemala

Guatemala : Antigua

Guatemalan construction projects are focused on home-building, school and orphanage renovation, and building playground and bathroom facilities for areas that do not have...

Volunteer and Teach English in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

Teaching English to low-income communities in San Jose and surrounding areas offers a highly rewarding experience for volunteers and students alike. Children, teenagers and...

Incredible Volunteering in Guatemala: Costs from USD 275

Guatemala : Antigua

Volunteers are required NOW through International Volunteer HQ's partner organization in Guatemala! With a wide range of volunteering placements available, volunteers can...

Incredible Volunteering in Cusco: Costs from USD 260

Peru : Cusco

International Volunteer HQ's partner organization in Cusco - Peru requires volunteers NOW! IVHQ has a wide range of volunteering opportunities available in jungle conservation,...

Volunteer in Rural Community Development in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka : Nuwara Eliya

The Rural Community Development project provides the unique opportunity to experience traditional village life in the rural community of Hanguranketha in the Nuwara Eliya...

Volunteer in Special Needs in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka : Kandy

Working in a special needs is suited for active volunteers who are passionate about looking after children and young adults with a range of mental and physical disabilities....

Volunteer and Teach English in Italy

Italy : Naples

Volunteers on the Teaching English project will provide workshops and extra-curricular English language classes for children aged from six to sixteen years old. Volunteers...

Volunteer on the Kindergarten project in Fiji

Fiji : Rural Areas, Suva

Volunteers on the Kindergarten project work in a rural school environment with children aged between 4 and 5 years old who are at the start of their education. Volunteers...

Wildlife Conservation with IVHQ in Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe : Victoria Falls

International Volunteer HQ offers a very special Wildlife Conservation project, working and living in the midst of the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria

Volunteer in Forest Conservation in Madagascar

Madagascar : Nosy Be

The dense tropical forest of Nosy Komba is home to many of the iconic wildlife species that Madagascar is renowned for and offers a unique environment for volunteers to assist...

Volunteer with Special Needs in Argentina

Argentina : Cordoba

The Special Needs project offers vocational, educational, therapeutic and recreational services to young adults with different forms of physical and mental disability. Through...

Volunteer in Animal Care in Mexico

Mexico : Merida

Although the attitude towards providing proper care to domestic animals is slowly changing in Mexico, there is still a major problem with dogs and cats being abandoned on...

Volunteer in Healthcare Education in Bali

Indonesia : Bali, Ubud

Volunteers with an interest in education and simple hygiene techniques are welcome to join the newly established Healthcare Education project. Medical professionals who can...

Volunteer and Teach English in Bali

Indonesia : Bali, Ubud

With Bali’s rapidly expanding tourism industry, the demand for local English speakers has never been greater. Children may have the opportunity to learn English at school,...

Volunteer on the IVHQ Ramadan Program

Morocco : Rabat

Morocco’s most prevalent religion is Islam and over 98% of the population are practising Muslims. Ramadan occurs in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and Muslims

Volunteer in Childcare in Vietnam

Vietnam : Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Although Vietnam has now been at peace for many years, effects from war continue to haunt not only the adult population of this beautiful country but also its children. Volunteers...

Volunteer and Teach in Uganda

Uganda : Kampala, Rural Areas

The objective of the Uganda teaching project is to contribute to the academic development of poor, local schools and to provide the best opportunity for Ugandans from disadvantaged...

Volunteer and Teach in Tanzania

Tanzania : Arusha, Rural Areas

Our teaching volunteers are placed in exciting community schools, public schools or orphanage schools. Many of the schools we work with are constantly understaffed and are...

Volunteer in Medicine in Peru - Lima

Peru : Lima

Healthcare can be both very expensive and hard to access for poor and less privileged Peruvians who often struggle to make 'ends meet' let alone pay for health care. Poverty...

Volunteer in Special Needs/Childcare in Peru - Lima

Peru : Lima

Peru tends to have a large number of orphans, due to rampant poverty and poor conditions making it impossible for many families to care for their children. This is particularly...

Volunteer and Teach English in Peru - Cusco

Peru : Cusco

Cusco is the tourism capital of South America and therefore the majority of Cusquenan children will tell you that they want to be a tourist guide when they grow up. They

Volunteer in Childcare in Nepal

Nepal : Chitwan, Kathmandu and 1 other city , Pokhara Show less

In lesser developed countries such as Nepal, thousands upon thousands of children are orphans, with no real home, no family and no opportunity to get an education. Through...

Volunteer and Teach in Mexico

Mexico : Merida

A passion for education and a fun, creative approach to teaching will go a long way on this project. Many of the students that volunteers work with attend public schools

Volunteer in Childcare Work in India

India : Delhi, Dharamsala

IVHQ has opportunities to work in Orphanages in Delhi, and in Childcare centers in Dharamsala in Northern India. Orphanages and day care centres in India are often extremely...

Volunteer in Healthcare in India

India : Delhi, Dharamsala

Despite gaining a reputation as one of the fastest growing countries in the world, financial inequalities are widespread and this affects the daily lives of the people in...

Volunteer in Childcare Work in Guatemala

Guatemala : Antigua

The childcare program in Guatemala provides individual attention and assistance to children from poor homes and communities. Many children at the projects we work with are...

Volunteer in Animal Care/Animal Rights in Guatemala

Guatemala : Antigua

Culturally speaking, dogs and cats in Latin America are not looked upon as integral members of the family the way they are in more developed countries. This often this leads...

Volunteer and Teach English in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

Similarly to other Latin American nations, Spanish is the official language of Ecuador, however in recent times with the onset of globalization and increasing tourism, there...

Volunteer in Healthcare and Medicine in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

The healthcare system in Costa Rica is relatively well developed, however the placements we work with always appreciate the extra assistance that volunteers provide through...

Volunteer in Childcare in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

Costa Rica is increasingly becoming one of the more affluent countries in Central America, due to strong resources, a stable Government and increasing tourism. However this...

Volunteer and Feed the Homeless in Colombia

Colombia : Bogota

This project is one of the most eye opening that IVHQ has to offer. Colombia has its fair share people living on the streets and what makes this project so incredible is

Volunteer and Care for the Elderly in Colombia

Colombia : Bogota

In the large majority of Western countries our elderly have homes, centers and care workers readily available for them. However, in Colombia there is very little (or no)

Volunteer and Teach in Cambodia

Cambodia : Phnom Penh, Siem Reap

The education level in Cambodia still is very low causing large amounts of poverty and unemployment. English skills are required for most jobs in Cambodia, yet not everyone...

Working with Children in Brazil

Brazil : Rio de Janeiro

Helping in child development is undoubtedly the most beneficial way to increase the quality of life in children living in Brazil; a country with one of the most pronounced...

Volunteer in Sports Development in Brazil

Brazil : Rio de Janeiro

Sport has become vital for Rio's lowest income communities, as they provide children and adolescents with recreational outlets. At just about every corner of Rio de Janeiro,...

Incredible Volunteering in Mexico: Costs from USD 270

Mexico : Cuernavaca, Merida

International Volunteer HQ has a wide range of volunteering opportunities available in Teaching, Working with Children, Special Needs, Environmental Research and Animal Care/Animal...

Incredible Volunteering in Ghana: Costs from USD 270

Ghana : Accra, Nkwanta and 1 other city , Rural Areas Show less

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...

Incredible Volunteering in Ecuador: Costs from USD 270

Ecuador : Quito

Volunteers are required NOW through International Volunteer HQ's partner organization in Ecuador! With a wide range of volunteering placements available, volunteers can choose...

Incredible Volunteering in Kenya: Costs from USD 270

Kenya : Nairobi, Rural

International Volunteer HQ's partner organization in Kenya requires volunteers NOW! IVHQ has a wide range of volunteering opportunities available in teaching, orphanage work,...

Volunteer on Renovation in Spain with IVHQ

Spain : Madrid

As an IVHQ volunteer on the Renovation project in Spain you will support a variety of NGOs and community centers, these centers are often run down and under funded. Volunteers...

Volunteer in Special Needs Support in Spain with IVHQ

Spain : Madrid

As a volunteer on the Special Needs Support project in Spain you have the opportunity to work alongside teenagers and adults that have a variety of disabilities, this is

Volunteer in Spain on Agriculture with IVHQ

Spain : Madrid

IVHQ volunteers on the Agriculture project in Spain work alongside migrants and special needs individuals to educate and upskill their farming and gardening skills. Aiming...

Volunteer on After School Support in Spain with IVHQ

Spain : Madrid

As an IVHQ volunteer on the After School Support project in Spain you will work with local centers to provide care and support students from disadvantaged communities with...

Volunteer on the Teaching Project in Spain with IVHQ

Spain : Madrid

As an IVHQ volunteer on the Teaching project in Spain you will have the opportunity to provide extra-curricular classes to local youths and adults who are in need of additional...

Freshwater Restoration Volunteering in New Zealand

New Zealand : Auckland

IVHQ volunteers participating on the Freshwater Restoration and Education will help to restore the health of waterways and surrounding lands by working with maraes (traditional...

Coastline Conservation Volunteering in New Zealand

New Zealand : Auckland

IVHQ volunteers participating on the Coastline Conservation and Education project have the opportunity to contribute to a long-term goal of keeping the coastlines and beaches...

Volunteer in Youth Support in Portugal with IVHQ

Portugal : Lisbon

IVHQ volunteers working within the Youth Support project in Portugal have the opportunity to work with one of the many underfunded organizations within the Lisbon area that...

Volunteer on Food Rescue in Portugal with IVHQ

Portugal : Lisbon

IVHQ volunteers participating in the Food Rescue project will have the opportunity to join the efforts of a community movement with a goal of eliminating food waste and end...

Volunteer on Environmental Scuba Diving in Portugal

Portugal : Lisbon

IVHQ volunteers participating on the Environmental Scuba Diving project have the opportunity to assist with protection of the marine life, underwater pollution clean-ups

Volunteer on Wolf Conservation in Portugal with IVHQ

Portugal : Lisbon

IVHQ volunteers on the Wolf Conservation project in Portugal work in a center focusing on conservation, education and environment preservation. The wolves are unable to be...

Volunteer on Construction and Renovation in Portugal

Portugal : Lisbon

IVHQ volunteers on the Construction and Renovation project in Portugal directly assist communities in Portugal living in poverty. Tasks can include preparing surfaces prior...

Volunteer in Childcare in Marrakech with IVHQ

Morocco : Marrakech

IVHQ volunteers on the Childcare project in Marrakech work with children from disadvantaged neighbourhoods through facilitating activities to entertain the children and help...

Teaching English or French in Marrakech with IVHQ

Morocco : Marrakech

Volunteers on the Teaching English or Teaching French projects work in local community centers that provide free or very low cost language classes to members of the local...

Volunteer in Special Needs/Childcare in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Vietnam : Rural Areas

This is a fantastic project for volunteers wanting to contribute to the development and well-being of young children and special needs residents of Ha Long Bay through basic...

Volunteer in Teaching English in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Vietnam : Rural Areas

In rural schools in Vietnam it is common that the Vietnamese teachers lack the English competencies to continue the children's English vocabulary past basic writing and speaking...

Volunteer with NGOs in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Vietnam : Rural Areas

Working with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Vietnam is for volunteers who would like to appreciate how these organizations are run. NGOs are often in shortage of...

Volunteer in Agriculture in Ghana

Ghana : Accra

The focus of this project is to alleviate the difficulties that face orphanage placements by providing a sustainable food source for the children. Volunteer work on the Agriculture...

Volunteer in Special Needs Care in Cambodia

Cambodia : Phnom Penh

Working with special needs children is an incredibly rewarding experience. This type of volunteer work is suited to volunteers who are passionate about education and are

El Salvador Turtle Conservation

Guatemala : Antigua

The El Salvador Turtle Conservation project offers volunteers a unique opportunity to assist with sea turtle conservation and studies while assisting a local project director....

One Week Volunteer Experience in Brazil

Brazil : Rio de Janeiro

The One Week Volunteer Experience in Brazil offers volunteers a chance to participate in the volunteer work available in multiple projects as well as some of the cultural...

Volunteer in Animal Care in Peru - Cusco

Peru : Cusco

The Peru - Cusco Animal Care project offers volunteers the unique opportunity to help out in an organization dedicated to rescuing and caring for street dogs. Dogs left to...

Volunteer in HIV/AIDS Support

Tanzania : Arusha

This project offers volunteers the opportunity to support women living with HIV/AIDS. Many people who are infected with HIV/AIDS never disclose their status because of the...

Volunteer in Women's Education in Uganda

Uganda : Kampala, Rural Areas

Women in Uganda face a range of challenges including low social status, discrimination, lack of economic self sufficiency, and greater risk of HIV/AIDS infection. Many women...

Volunteer in Special Needs Care in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

Volunteers on the Special Needs Care project are placed either in a school for children with a range of both physical and intellectual disabilities, or in a center for adults...

Volunteer in Childcare in Romania

Romania : Miercurea Ciuc

In Romania there are approximately 82,000 children living in state care, many of these children have been left behind by parents migrating to other countries in search of...

Volunteer in Special Needs Care in Romania

Romania : Miercurea Ciuc

Due to a lack of governmental support and a social stigma, there are many families in Romania who are unable to properly care for family members (young children and adults)...

Volunteer in Teaching in Romania

Romania : Miercurea Ciuc

Volunteers on the Teaching project teach local children from disadvantaged backgrounds in local village schools. The students range in age and volunteers will teach children...

Volunteer in NGO Support in Italy

Italy : Naples

Volunteers on the NGO Support project assist local NGOs who work in the fields of: immigration and migrant support, human rights (LGBT community), child and youth welfare...

Environmental volunteering in Italy

Italy : Naples

Volunteers on the Environmental project work to preserve marine life and archaeological ruins along the Posillipo coast of Naples. The majority of volunteer tasks take place...

Volunteer in After School Care in Italy

Italy : Naples

Volunteers on the After School Care project provide care to children from disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Volunteers will organise after school educational activities and workshops...

Volunteer in Sports Development in Colombia

Colombia : Cartagena (Cartagena de Indias)

Volunteers on the Sports Development project play a vital role in teaching children and teenagers in Cartagena the importance of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle,...

Volunteer on the Community Project in Colombia

Colombia : Cartagena (Cartagena de Indias)

The Community project is designed for enthusiastic and flexible volunteers, as work varies and is based on where there is the greatest need at a particular time. Volunteers...

Volunteer in Feeding the Homeless in Vietnam

Vietnam : Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Volunteers on the Feeding the Homeless project in Vietnam provide assistance to a local ‘soup kitchen’ to assist in administering up to 300 meals per day to people from...

Volunteer in Andean Immersion in Peru - Cusco

Peru : Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Andean Immersion project is based in the Peruvian highlands on the outskirts of Cusco. Volunteers on this unique program have the opportunity to live and work within

Volunteer in Maya Agriculture in Mexico

Mexico : Merida

The IVHQ Maya Agriculture volunteer experience offers volunteers a unique chance live and work within a Maya community in the Yucatan. Volunteers work to rebuild the ruins...

Volunteer in Sports Education in Fiji

Fiji : Rural Areas, Suva

Volunteers on the Sports Education project will work in the same schools as the Teaching and Kindergarten projects, in rural villages outside of Nausori. Sport and fitness...

Volunteer in Construction and Renovation in Fiji

Fiji : Rural Areas, Suva

Volunteers on the Construction and Renovation project in Fiji provide tangible benefits and assistance to the local placements we work with in Nausori. Volunteer work may...

Volunteer in Teaching in Fiji

Fiji : Rural Areas, Suva

Volunteers on the Teaching assist teachers in rural public schools in the Nausori area of Fiji. In Fiji, Children are taught English from a very young age, exposure and interaction...

Volunteer in Childcare in the Philippines

Philippines : Davao

Childcare volunteers in the Philippines work in local daycare centers, assisting local staff across a wide variety of tasks. These tasks include teaching the alphabet, numbers,...

Volunteer and Teach English in the Philippines

Philippines : Davao

Volunteers on the Teaching project take on an assisting role in public schools, teaching a variety of subjects within a classroom environment. Filipino’s learn English

Volunteer in Construction in Renovation in Laos

Laos : Vientiane

Volunteers on the Construction and Renovation project assist with construction work and improvements to medical centers, childcare centers and schools within the local community....

Volunteer in Childcare and Special Needs Care in Laos

Laos : Vientiane

Volunteers on the Special Needs/Childcare project will provide afterschool care to children from the deaf and blind school, young patients from our Medical project who have...

Volunteer and Teach in Laos

Laos : Vientiane

Volunteers on the Teaching project will be placed within a local village school, teaching local Laotian children from disadvantaged family backgrounds. The students range...

Volunteer in Special Needs in Uganda

Uganda : Kampala, Rural Areas

In Uganda there are an increasing number of children born with either mental or physical disabilities as well as many children and adults who become disabled through the

Volunteer in Sports Development in Morocco with IVHQ

Morocco : Rabat

Sport and physical activity is becoming increasingly popular within Moroccan culture, as locals have begun to recognize the value it has in personal and physical development....

Volunteer in Construction in Madagascar with IVHQ

Madagascar : Nosy Be

Much of Madagascar is in desperate need of new and improved infrastructure to enable schools and communities to function more effectively. Volunteers on the Construction

Healthcare Volunteering in Argentina

Argentina : Cordoba

Volunteers on the Healthcare project help professionals in small community clinics run by the municipal government in Córdoba. These clinics are predominantly located in...

Community Development Volunteering in Argentina

Argentina : Cordoba

The socio-economic limitations of certain social groups hinder local community development, which is a tangible reality in Argentina due to the lack of adequate working opportunities....

Volunteer in Elderly Care in Argentina

Argentina : Cordoba

Many senior citizens in Argentina find themselves in desperate situations due to limited access to work or housing, and breakdowns in family or social bonds. The Elderly

Childcare Volunteering in Argentina

Argentina : Cordoba

With the poor living conditions endured by disadvantaged children in Argentina, a large portion suffer from malnutrition and poor hygiene, and many are forced to abandon

Volunteer and Teach in Argentina

Argentina : Cordoba

Although Argentina provides public access to education, almost 50% of children in vulnerable situations abandon school due to a range of social problems, such as the need...

Volunteer in Construction and Renovation in Bali

Indonesia : Bali, Ubud

The Construction and Renovation project focuses on building a new kindergarten (groups of volunteers required) and renovating community centres and schools in villages around...

Volunteer in Environmental Education in Bali

Indonesia : Bali, Ubud

Bali is well known for its astonishing beauty and greenery. Unfortunately, with rapid development and the rise in tourism, it is evident in certain areas the detrimental

Volunteer in Administration Support in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work involved in accomplishing the goals our local partner organizations have for the children of Ecuador. The purpose of the Administration...

Volunteer in Kindergartens in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

Volunteers on this project assist Ecuadorian teachers in primary and kindergarten classes and collaborate in pre-school math, writing, reading, art lessons, as well as helping...

Volunteer in Medicine in Vietnam

Vietnam : Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

The Medical project in Vietnam provides skilled medical professionals and students with the chance to experience a new culture and working environment, while learning and...

Volunteer in Lake Conservation in Guatemala

Guatemala : Panajachel

The IVHQ Guatemala Lake Conservation project works with a local organization founded to help preserve the natural resources of Lake Atitlan by raising awareness and educating...

Volunteer in Eco-Agriculture Conservation in Guatemala

Guatemala : Antigua

The IVHQ Guatemala Eco-Agriculture Conservation project is based in a coffee farming community, located at the base of the Guatemalan highlands just outside of Antigua. The...

Volunteer in Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka : Kandy

The Turtle Conservation project is based in the coastal town of Ambalangoda, 90 kilometres from the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. Here volunteers work alongside a local

Volunteer in Medical Work in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka : Kandy

Volunteers are placed in a government run training hospital in Kandy, where you will have the chance to work alongside local hospital staff and patients and learn about medical...

Volunteer in Elderly Care in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka : Kandy

Volunteers on the Elderly Care project in Sri Lanka are placed in an elderly home, which provides accommodation and care free of charge for 75 adults, who would otherwise...

Volunteer in Temple Renovation in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka : Kandy

Through the renovation of Buddhist temples, this project offers a unique opportunity for volunteers to learn about manual Sri Lankan construction methods, without the aid...

Volunteer and Teach English in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka : Kandy

Teaching volunteers in Sri Lanka have the opportunity to teach in local schools and villages, or to teach Buddhist monks. Volunteers teaching village children are accommodated...

Volunteer and Work with Women in Morocco

Morocco : Rabat

Many women in the cities and villages of Morocco suffer from poverty, illiteracy and unemployment, affecting their social environment and in turn their children’s education....

Volunteer and Teach English or French in Morocco

Morocco : Rabat

Although the Moroccan Government is working hard to improve literacy and promote professional development through the National Initiative for Human Development (NIHD), a

Volunteer in Childcare in Morocco

Morocco : Rabat

Childcare volunteers work with special needs children and children from disadvantaged neighborhoods through organizing and engaging in activities to entertain the children...

Volunteer with NGOs in Vietnam

Vietnam : Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

There are many small, locally run NGOs (Non Government Organizations) in Vietnam contributing to the cause of development in both rural and urban areas. These local NGO,

Volunteer and Teach English in Vietnam

Vietnam : Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Volunteers will work in a Vietnamese school or community centre to assist primary and high school students with their education. Many Vietnamese schools lack teachers

Volunteer in Sports Education in Uganda

Uganda : Kampala, Rural Areas

Ugandan children are incredibly enthusiastic and love learning new sports! The Sports Teaching project provides these children with a range of activities and sports to...

Volunteer in Medicine in Uganda

Uganda : Kampala, Rural Areas

With the aim to increase quality healthcare access for Ugandan people, volunteers on the Medical project are placed in local clinics and medical centers which are incredibly...

Volunteer in Childcare in Uganda

Uganda : Kampala, Rural Areas

Uganda has an extremely high number of vulnerable children living in poverty and many of them have lost one or both of their parents as a result of the current HIV/AIDS epidemic....

Volunteer in Outdoor Projects in Thailand

Thailand : Chiang Mai

The Outdoor Work placement is for those who are happy to get their hands dirty, who like physical labour, and the sense of achievement felt when a job is completed. Because...

Volunteer and Teach English in Thailand

Thailand : Chiang Rai

In the Northern areas of Thailand, such as Chiang Rai, many of the local people have not been fortunate enough to have access to any type of formal education. Therefore there...

Volunteer in Childcare in Tanzania

Tanzania : Arusha

Sub-Saharan African countries are suffering from huge number of orphans left behind after their parents die from illnesses such as HIV/AIDS resulting in a larger number of...

Volunteer in Medicine in Tanzania

Tanzania : Arusha

Healthcare is neither easily accessible nor affordable for many Tanzanians living in the rural villages and poor urban areas. Poverty creates a large barrier to the acquisition...

Volunteer in Sports Development in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

Like most African countries, South Africa has a great number of children living in poverty. Although some of the children attend school during the day, often they have no...

Volunteer in Computer Tutoring in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

The IVHQ Computer Training program allows our volunteers to help locals develop their computer skills. A number of small towns and townships have computer facilities available...

Volunteer and Teach English in Peru - Lima

Peru : Lima

English is widely recognized as the 'universal language' and with Peruvians naturally being Spanish speakers, there is a real demand from local people to be taught English...

Volunteer in Medicine in Peru - Cusco

Peru : Cusco

Clinics and hospitals for low income families in Cusco tend to be under-funded and under-staffed. As a result, volunteers play an important role in assisting local nurses...

Volunteer in Jungle Conservation in Peru - Cusco

Peru : Cusco

The objective of this project is one of ecological restoration - the process of re-establishing an ecosystem that has been degenerated, damaged or destroyed. The Jungle Conservation...

Volunteer in Construction and Renovation in Peru - Cusco

Peru : Cusco

One of the ways we provide support to the placements we work with is through our construction and renovation projects. Many buildings in Cusco are under-funded, run-down

Volunteer in Childcare in Peru - Cusco

Peru : Cusco

The aim of our Childcare project is to provide individual attention and assistance to children from difficult backgrounds. Many children at the projects we work with do not...

Volunteer in Remote Health Clinics in Nepal

Nepal : Chitwan, Kathmandu and 1 other city , Pokhara Show less

Remote health clinics in Nepal struggle to attract qualified doctors and medically trained personnel let alone sufficient resources such as equipment and medicine. Volunteers...

Volunteer for your Medical Elective in Nepal

Nepal : Bhaktapur, Kathmandu

Volunteers can do their medical elective at a hospital in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur where they will have hands on clinical experience in a field of operations relevant to their...

Volunteer and Teach English in Nepal

Nepal : Chitwan, Kathmandu and 1 other city , Pokhara Show less

More than 80% of the children from Nepal’s villages and cities are unable to access a good educational system. This is due to a lack of financial and physical resources...

Volunteer in Environment Research in Mexico

Mexico : Merida

Volunteers interested in conservation, environmental research or eco-agriculture studies have the unique opportunity to work in a research center in the Yucatán. The Yucatán’s...

Volunteer in Special Needs in Mexico

Mexico : Merida

Volunteers with a caring and playful nature will be welcomed with warm arms on our Special Needs project. Working alongside local staff in a structured learning center, volunteers...

Volunteer and Work with Children in Mexico

Mexico : Merida

Volunteers are always in high demand to provide support to economically disadvantaged children in Mexico. Volunteers on the Working with Children project offer support to...

Volunteer in Childcare in Kenya

Kenya : Nairobi

Due to the high incidences of poverty and illness, childcare centers in Kenya can host 50 to 300 children at any one time and there is always high demand for volunteer assistance....

Volunteer in Women's Education in Kenya

Kenya : Nairobi

The women’s education program is a developing initiative designed to bring sanitary supplies and HIV/AIDS and sex education to young women in need throughout Kenya. This...

Volunteer and Teach Music in Kenya

Kenya : Nairobi

Music, spanning all corners of the globe, especially in East Africa, is best described as a pure and true representation of cultural richness by means of worship and devotion,...

Volunteer and Teach in Kenya

Kenya : Maasai Land, Mombasa and 1 other city , Nairobi Show less

* Volunteer and Teach in Kenya! Volunteers on the Teaching program in Kenya are placed in community schools, public schools or orphanage schools. Many of the schools we...

Volunteer in Slum Teaching in Delhi, India

India : Delhi, Dharamsala

For many children in India, school is simply not an option as they work the streets with their parents to help stay alive (it is estimated there are 100 million street children...

Volunteer and Teach English in India

India : Delhi, Dharamsala

Teaching English in India gives you the great opportunity to share your knowledge with others and experience a new culture from within. It is one of the best ways to truly...

Volunteer and Care for the Elderly in Guatemala

Guatemala : Antigua

Elderly care programs in Guatemala place volunteers at nursing homes and senior centers in and around La Antigua. The focus of these projects is to help create a compassionate...

Volunteer and Teach English in Guatemala

Guatemala : Antigua

The ability to speak English gives Guatemalans a genuine opportunity to find work and build a career in tourism, business, or teaching. Volunteers play an integral part in...

Volunteer and Teach in Ghana

Ghana : Accra, Rural Areas

Although Ghana is an English speaking country, many school children cannot communicate effectively in the English language. This is a common trend in both rural and urban...

Volunteer and Coach Sports in Ghana

Ghana : Accra, Rural Areas

If you are a lover of sports and enthusiastic about working with kids, but are not confident enough to take on a teaching program, then this is a great program for you! Volunteers...

Volunteer in Medicine in Ghana

Ghana : Accra, Rural Areas

The Ghana medical program is a rural community-based program with the aim of helping smaller Ghanaian communities which are deprived of basic medical access and health care....

Volunteer and Tutor during the Summer Holidays in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

The Summer Project operates through the months of July and August and is a project organised by IVHQ's local team in Ecuador, helping up to 120 children build up their learning...

Volunteer with Street Children in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

For many Ecuadorian children, school is never an option. These children spend 365 days a year working in the streets and markets, selling goods and performing with their

Volunteer in Eco-Agriculture Conservation in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

The IVHQ Eco-Agriculture Conservation project is based in the central highlands of Costa Rica where volunteers assist local communities through strengthening the entire coffee...

Volunteer in Construction and Renovation in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

One of the ways we provide support to the different programs we work with is through our construction and renovation projects. Many projects are under-funded and run-down,...

Volunteer and Teach in Colombia

Colombia : Bogota, Cartagena (Cartagena de Indias)

The Teaching English project provides the opportunity for students from low-income communities in Cartagena and Bogota to learn English with the support of international

Volunteer in Construction and Renovation in Colombia

Colombia : Bogota

This project is a chance for volunteers to break into a sweat and get their hands a little dirty! Some families, schools and even some hospitals in Bogota cannot afford professional...

Volunteer in Childcare in Colombia

Colombia : Bogota, Cartagena (Cartagena de Indias)

The centers for children in Colombia are not organized the way most people are used to seeing in the USA, UK or any other Western countries. Colombia has a huge family-oriented...

Volunteer and Teach English in China

China : Xi'an

Volunteer English teaching in China focuses on developing conversational English skills with Chinese students. IVHQ presently works with Chinese public schools; most of which...

Volunteer in Childcare/Special Needs in China

China : Xi'an

Given China’s one-child policy and the value Chinese society places on male babies, the country has seen a significant increase in the rate of child abandonment. Plus,

Volunteer in Computer Support in Cambodia

Cambodia : Phnom Penh, Siem Reap

Cambodian NGOs and orphanages rely on computer technology and the internet for communication, management of programs and to create a public presence. There is often a lack...

Volunteer in Childcare in Cambodia

Cambodia : Phnom Penh, Siem Reap

Cambodia has an incredibly high number of orphans comparative to the population. Many children have lost their parents due to HIV, while other parents cannot provide food,...

Volunteer with Local NGOs in Cambodia

Cambodia : Phnom Penh, Pursat and 2 other cities , Rural Areas, Siem Reap Show less

IVHQ’s local organization cooperates with a network organization including 30+ local NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and other Cambodian...

Volunteer and Teach English in Brazil

Brazil : Rio de Janeiro

As an English teacher, you will be exposing your students to one of the world's most commonly spoken languages, one that fuels the global economy. In the next few years Brazil...

Volunteer in Community Development in Brazil

Brazil : Rio de Janeiro

There's no doubt that local organizations in Brazil are making significant impacts in their communities, but with your help and creativity their programs could develop even...

Volunteer in our Carnaval Program in Brazil

Brazil : Rio de Janeiro

Carnaval is an event that breaks all economic and social boundaries – a love and passion for Samba that makes everyone equal. The Carnaval Program operates from either

Incredible Volunteering in Brazil: Costs from USD 345

Brazil : Rio de Janeiro

International Volunteer HQ has a wide range of volunteering opportunities available in working with children placements, sports programs, environmental placements, Carnaval...

Affordable Volunteering Abroad in China: Costs from USD 270

China : Xi'an

A wide range of volunteering placements allows for volunteers to work in an area where their skills will be most useful. Volunteers can choose from teaching English language...

Incredible Volunteering in South Africa: Costs from USD 250

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

International Volunteer HQ offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities in South Africa, where your helping hand can change the lives of those in need. Work in the surf...

Incredible Volunteering in Cambodia: Costs from USD 350

Cambodia : Phnom Penh

A wide range of volunteering placements are available throughout Cambodia's capital city. Volunteers can choose from teaching, Childcare work, and human rights work in Phnom...

Incredible Volunteering in Colombia: Costs from USD 270

Colombia : Bogota, Cartagena (Cartagena de Indias)

Spend time in Colombia lending a hand to those in need. From childcare to construction and renovation work, volunteers are always needed and appreciated. International Volunteer...

Incredible Volunteering in India: Costs from USD 250

India : Delhi, Dharamsala

A wide range of volunteering opportunities are available right now in India, including: orphanage work, teaching English, street children work, childcare and health. Work...

Incredible Volunteering in Costa Rica: Costs from USD 300

Costa Rica : Rural Areas

Volunteers are required NOW through International Volunteer HQ's partner organization in Costa Rica! With a wide range of volunteering placements available, volunteers can...

Incredible Volunteering in Lima: Costs from USD 180

Peru : Lima

IVHQ has a wide range of volunteering opportunities available in teaching, orphanage work and medical work in the Peruvian capital city of Lima. International Volunteer HQ's...

Incredible Volunteering in Thailand: Costs from USD 320

Thailand : Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai

Work with local villages and hill tribes in the Chaing Rai province of Thailand, and provide education in English language skills or lending a hand to outdoor work and community...

Incredible Volunteering in Vietnam: Costs from USD 270

Vietnam : Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Bring your skills of providing care for others to Vietnam while gaining new appreciation for another culture. Volunteer programs range from teaching English language skills,...

Incredible Volunteering in Nepal: Costs from USD 250

Nepal : Chitwan, Kathmandu and 1 other city , Pokhara Show less

Nepal offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities, allowing for participants to lend their skills to those in need. Projects include teaching English, orphanage work,...

Alumni Interviews

Staff Interviews

  • Jamie-Lee Reynolds - Global Programs Manager

    Jamie-Lee Reynolds - Global Programs Manager

    Originally from South Africa, Jamie-Lee began working for International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) in early 2009. She currently oversees day-to-day operations of the IVHQ office, working closely with the IVHQ program managers and local teams to ensure the programs and office continue to run smoothly. Jamie-Lee loves being at the beach, swimming or surfing, spending time with family and friends, and being actively involved in Surf Life Saving. She also loves to travel and experience new cultures.

    You’re from South Africa, how did you originally get connected to IVHQ?

    I relocated to New Plymouth in December 2008 and at the time IVHQ was hiring for an administration coordinator. I had just completed my university degree and I also had plenty of travel experience in the countries where IVHQ was operating at the time as well as local volunteer experience, so it was a good fit for both parties!

    







Volunteer with school children in Laos

    Visiting the children on the IVHQ teaching project in Laos

    What inspired you to join the International Volunteer HQ team?

    I joined the team in February 2009, and at the time we were just a small team of four, including Daniel our Executive Director and his mum, Sue. It appealed to me that the company was small, but had an impressive vision for where it wanted to go. I loved the idea that IVHQ was making volunteering abroad accessible to all by offering the lowest fees available. IVHQ also instantly felt like family to me.

    You manage all IVHQ continent and country teams. What does your day-to-day look like overseeing operations across the globe?

    We have continent managers who oversee each continent team; I assist them and their teams if they need guidance any on certain areas. I oversee the planning of staff trips for each member of our team in the office to travel to our programs and check in on our local teams and volunteers in-country. I work on rolling out the new ideas and upgrades to our website, which we do regularly to make the best possible user experience for our volunteers and also for our team in the office.

    







Volunteer with children in Uganda

    Spending time on the IVHQ childcare program in Uganda

    What characteristics does an ideal IVHQ volunteer possess?

    My ideal IVHQ volunteer is one who is adaptable and can embrace a new and different culture, which they will experience volunteering abroad.

    A volunteer who is able to bring their own initiative and ideas into their work placement is one who can also make a big difference.

    What is the most interesting volunteer program International Volunteer HQ offers?

    I often get asked this by volunteers who I meet and it’s a question I find difficult to answer. I believe all of our programs offer an interesting experience, and as each volunteer is different, it really depends on what they find interesting and what they most want to gain from their experience abroad. We’ve got so many programs to choose from that we can usually match a program to all volunteer interests.

    







Hiking in Romania

    Spending a weekend hiking in Romania

    How do you help participants prepare for and process their time abroad?

    I believe arming the volunteers with information is the best way we prepare them. We have an interactive My IVHQ platform for volunteers and after they secure their spot on the program this contains an extensive information booklet specific to the IVHQ program they’ve chosen. It also has three volunteer training modules, which are fun to complete but deliver important messages about best practice while volunteering abroad.

    The most valuable resource we have for volunteers is their IVHQ program manager. Our program managers have a wealth of knowledge and love sharing their knowledge with upcoming volunteers who can ask them any question, big or small, to help them prepare.

    You’ve traveled to 30 countries, what is the most important thing program participants should know before heading abroad?

    Be adaptable! Every country has a different way of doing things and this way might be very different to what the volunteers are used to. If volunteers can embrace the differences in the way of life then this really helps their overall experience.

    How does the structure of IVHQ’s programs enable volunteers to fully immerse themselves in the culture of their host country?

    We have programs which offer homestay accommodation, and this is a great way to become immersed in the local culture. For those that have volunteer house accommodation, we have accommodation managers who are also locals and can share their way of life with the volunteers.

    I was visiting a home stay in Morocco recently and the host mother said to me that her volunteers “Sleep Moroccan, eat Moroccan”. Meaning volunteers in Morocco sleep on a traditional sdader and share local food in the communal family way by using their hands.

    Our programs also run for usually three to five hours of work per day, so volunteers have ample free time to explore and discover what each country has to offer!

    







Sightseeing in Laos

    Visiting Laos with IVHQ’s Asia Continent Manager, Margarete Lua

    You love to spend time on the beach swimming and surfing. Where is the best place for volunteers to hit the beach and catch a wave in your opinion?

    As part of their program, our South Africa Surf Outreach project

    In their free time over a weekend trip, the Philippines, Brazil, Guatemala (our local team offers a surf trip to El Salvador), Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, and Bali. These are the ones that first spring to mind.

    What has been your biggest achievement since joining the IVHQ team in 2009?

    I feel my biggest achievement is being able to say that I’ve been part of the journey with IVHQ, from where we were then in 2009, a team of four with a handful of programs abroad, to a team of now over 20 people, with over 30 destinations plus more to come!

    What is the most fulfilling part of your job?

    I work with an amazing team of passionate people and I love that we make it possible for our volunteers to have an awesome experience abroad, while also giving back to the local communities. We work hard to ensure we offer the best programs possible, but we also have a great time doing it!