International Volunteer HQ
99 Devon Street West New Plymouth, Taranaki, 4342 New Zealand
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the world's leading volunteer travel organization, providing affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs in over 30 different...
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 is seeking volunteers for a varying number of opportunities in Tanzania. Placements include teaching various subjects, working with Childcare,...
Olive program July 2016
Submitted by Shuanita Crawford - Louisville United States | July 22, 2016
I arrived early before my volunteer placement and was immediately greeted by staff at the airport. IVHQ staff were very friendly and immediately made me feel comfortable upon arrival. We were taken back to the volunteer house in ACCRA and accommodated for the next few days with food, currency exchange, and a day trip to tour ACCRA and provided with a drum lesson. Afterwards on orientation day we were all acquainted with volunteer expectations and taken to our placement. My program was very nice and I enjoyed the local community of Asikuma. My first weekend we were taken hiking at Wli falls. The experience was difficult but amazing! The next weekend staff took us to Cape Coast beach resort. It was a beautiful experience. We were provided with trips and entertainment throughout the entire weekend. We experienced two hotel performances, Kakum National Park Canopy Tour, Alligator petting, and a slave Castle Tour all of which i enjoyed.
My experiences at my placement were great. Staff ensured we were competent while working with the children. I wonderful memorable moments with the kids and staff. Overall this trip was life changing. I recommend anyone to come volunteer with this program!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Program: Volunteer in Childcare in Ghana
An unforgettable experience!
Submitted by Louise - Dublin Ireland | July 09, 2016
Volunteering in Rio was a fantastic opportunity! The chance to live, work and experience every aspect of the Carioca life was something that I will always treasure. I volunteered on Community Development and Carnival projects. Community Development was a great experience because I was doing manual work that I never had a chance to do before. It was a great personal challenge to see what I could achieve but more importantly seeing how I contributed to the local community. Carnival was a real insight into the hard work, passion and dedication of the Samba schools that goes into such an iconic event. The programme staff were really grateful for the help and were such lovely friendly people and you soon became part of their team. JIVE is a great organisation, everyone is helpful and friendly and are always there whenever you need them. The house is in beautiful Santa Teresa and I couldn't fault the accommodation and breakfasts - everything is really good! Although Rio has a strong reputation for being a dangerous city, I felt very at home there within a week - you just need to be sensible. I loved my time there so much that I planned on going for six weeks and ended up staying four months. If you're unsure just go for it, you won't be disappointed!
An incredible experience
Submitted by Mirko Woitalla - Berlin Germany | July 07, 2016
I've stayed in Senya Beraku in the turquoise program in the orphans house... In short, it has been an awesome and exciting experience which is changing your mindset a lot.
IVHQ did a really good job from the very first moment of contact. The administrative part was professional, guided, supportive and very fast. Also the onsite support was seamless. You will be picked up from the airport, they are introducing you to the people around you, to the procedure of the upcoming days and the house you are staying...
The work itself was just great. Imagine 50 kids who are curious about you and the ability to teach and play with them. The people onsite are doing a really good job and the experience is changing your mind completely. Honestly, the days you are supporting the kids might be valuable for the kids but even more for yourself.
If you are going there, please bring (English) books, pencils and clothes which is from my perspective most required.
At all I have never felt so welcome as an so obvious foreigner, never have seen so many beautiful smiles at a time, met people seeming to be poor - but not complaining, upstanding, willing to help, and rich of mood and gratification.
Thanks Ghana, there is a lot we could learn.
Submitted by Sandy Rodriguez - University of Central Florida | June 09, 2016
Volunteering in Bali is one of the best decisions I ever made. I taught kindergarten for three weeks in a beautiful country with some of the friendliest people I have met. I made a lot of friends on the trip that I have kept in touch with and have already planned future IVHQ trips with! The accommodations for the volunteers are far better than I had anticipated, they remind me a lot of college dorms in the United States. As a vegetarian I found the accommodations for meals to be very nutritious and delicious, I never felt out of place and they always had vegetarian options for volunteers so I didn't have to go out and spend money on food. The children that I taught were very smart and eager to learn and I found it easy to communicate and teach them, especially with the help of their classroom teacher; IVHQ gave me the tools and materials I needed to have proper lesson plans and activities for the children to do in class in addition to basic language and culture training.
Say yes to the things that scare you most
Submitted by Nina - Maastricht University | May 31, 2016
For months I was in doubt wether I could do this or not, this, meaning going abroad by myself. In April I finally made the decision, I said yes to the thing that scared me most. I was going to Bali for a month, to do volunteer work with IVHQ. I choose for IVHQ since the programs looked good and affordable. Going away was one of the best decisions I've ever made. If you're willing to step out of your comfort zone and accept the fact that living standards will be different from what you're used to at home, you will have the best time of you're life. I met the most amazing people and I saw and did the most amazing things. And while I was going to change other peoples lives, I changed as well. Now, being back for a few days, I actually feel homesick for the first time in this whole experience, homesick because I left an amazing family in Bali behind.